Politics

Politics
1:47 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Coalition of area Assembly members calls on Silver to resign

Assembly members Jane Corwin, Raymond Walter, Joseph Giglio, John Ceretto, Angela Wozniak and Micheal Kearns joined together to call for Speaker Sheldon Silver's resignation.
Credit Avery Schneider/WBFO News

Six area Assembly members have banded together to call for the resignation of Speaker Sheldon Silver, following his arrest on Thursday on corruption charges. They say the business of the people is at stake.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Federal prosecutor details charges against Silver, as Assembly Democrats close ranks

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under arrest and $3.8 million in eight different bank accounts held by Silver have been seized as federal prosecutors accuse the Speaker of running two fraudulent and corrupt schemes.

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Politics
11:10 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrested on corruption charges

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges and accused of using his position as one of the most powerful men in Albany to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.

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State
3:07 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Gov. Cuomo delivers powerful eulogy for father

Gov. Andrew Cuomo with his father, Mario, on election night.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered a powerful 40-minute eulogy for his late father, saying the three-term governor never abandoned his beliefs even if it meant facing political consequences.

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Cuomo Inaugural
3:33 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Cuomo says NY leads nation by example

Governor Cuomo delivers in inaugural address from the World Trade Center in New York City.

Andrew Cuomo is kicking off his second term as New York's governor, saying he was doing so "at a uniquely New York moment" when some things seem at their worst. 

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Politics
9:34 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Higgins calls for bipartisan work in 2015

Congressman Brian Higgins.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The 113th Congress ended with lawmakers receiving one of the lowest job approval ratings. Political battles and partisan bickering and gridlock created a dismal 2014 session.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to one local congressman about moving beyond the wall that divides lawmakers. 

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Cuomo to give inaugural addresses in NYC & Buffalo
1:51 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

Cuomo to deliver inaugural addresses in NYC and Buffalo

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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo will start off the new year by delivering his second-term inaugural address, not once, but twice on New Years Day.

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US House of Representatives
4:32 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Slaughter wins close race by less than 1,000 votes

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Rep. Louise Slaughter has survived the closest race of her political career.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo
7:31 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Cuomo deflects blame for Democratic losses

Governor Cuomo surrounded by family on Election Night
Credit Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo is deflecting blame for not doing more to get Democrats elected Tuesday.

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Politics
9:05 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Election 2014: Bob McCarthy offers insight into last night's results

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The 2014 Election is in the books.  WBFO's Jay Moran talked with Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy about the winners, losers and what to expect going forward.


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Politics
4:57 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Cuomo re-elected to second term as New York governor

Credit Karen DeWitt

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has won a second term by defeating Republican Rob Astorino

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Politics
4:56 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Collins wins, applauds Republican gains

Congressman Chris Collins celebrates his victory Tuesday night.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

After a hard fought close race two years ago, Representative Chris Collins sailed to victory in the 27th Congressional district which spans eight counties. Collins is looking forward to having Republicans in control of Capitol Hill. 

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Politics
12:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Polling location in Buffalo opens late

Polling location sign
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Voters were turned away from Unity Church at 1243 Delaware Avenue Tuesday morning. The polling site opened after 7 a.m., because three inspectors did not show up.

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Politics
8:15 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Political insight into Election 2014

Election Day 2014 will bring an end to several heated contests here in Western New York and across the state.  Political Analyst Michael Haselswerdt looks at the governor's race and the battle over the 60th State Senate Seat among other challenges.

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Politics
7:08 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Election Day 2014: Races to Watch

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The polls have opened for Election Day 2014.  Many eyes are on the race for the Governor's mansion, but there are a few other contests to watch as well today.

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Hawkins rallies Green Party with BTF
5:32 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Hawkins rallies for Green Party with support of Buffalo Teachers Federation

Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for Governor, rallies for support at the Buffalo Teachers Federation.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

It is three gubernatorial candidates in three days, with Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins rallying a small group of supporters on Sunday at the Buffalo Teachers Federation headquarters.

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Politics
10:05 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Cuomo addresses new controversy during Niagara Falls visit

Credit WBFO News photo by Brian Meyer

Governor Cuomo is dismissing claims that his office contributed to a state commission’s failings to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. WBFO asked Cuomo about a new controversy Friday during the governor’s visit to Niagara Falls for a get-out-the-vote rally.

The mood at the event held at the Como Restaurant on Pine Avenue was upbeat, with Cuomo running mate Kathy Hochul urging  nearly 200 supporters to get to the polls Tuesday.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Reporter reviews Reed/Robertson debate in Olean

The 23rd Congressional race has been marked by negative attack ads. That acrimony, however, was not on display Wednesday night when the candidates, Republican Congressman Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Martha Robertson, debated at Olean High School.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Higgins, Weppner debate at St. Joe's

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute teacher Ted Lina, Republican candidate Kathy Weppner and Democrat incumbent Rep. Brian Higgins.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A debate between Democrat incumbent Rep. Brian Higgins and Republican challenger Kathy Weppner took place at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Wednesday morning. The candidates are vying for the 26th Congressional District seat.

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Politics
6:40 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Voters to decide redistricting amendment

Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union, is pushing for passage of Proposition 1.
Credit Omar Fetouh/WBFO News

Election Day is next week and along with the various races voters will decide, three state propositions are also on the ballot. The one that has garnered the most attention is Proposition 1, which would change the way the redistricting process is done in New York.

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60th State Senate Race
8:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Candidates debate in 60th Senate District

Mark Grisanti, Kevin Stocker and Marc Panepinto debated the issues in a televised event Thursday night.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

The candidates in the competitive race for the 60th State Senate seat took part in a three-way debate Thursday night. Along with considerable mudslinging, some key issues were discussed.

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Politics
10:09 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Reporter debrief: Reviewing the debate

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt was a panelist in last night's debate
Credit File photo

Four candidates for New York governor squared off in a debate last night from the WNED|WBFO studios. Afterward, the debate's moderator, WBFO News Director Brian Meyer, and one of its panelists, New York Public Radio Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt, talked about what they saw and heard during the hour-long forum.

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Politics
8:20 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Video: Candidates square off in sole gubernatorial debate

Rob Astorino, Andrew Cuomo, Howie Hawkins and Michael McDermott particpated in Wednesday's debate
Eileen Elibol/WNED

Four candidate for New York governor took the stage Wednesday night from downtown Buffalo in the only gubernatorial debate of the 2014 election season.

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Politics
1:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Corruption, Common Core hot topics at gubernatorial debate

Four candidates debated the issues.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Elibol

Government corruption and Common Core took center stage during Wednesday night's gubernatorial debate in the WNED|WBFO studios. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the two major party candidates took repeated jabs at one another during the one-hour debate.

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Protestors turn out for 2nd amendment rights
1:42 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Protestors turn out for Second Amendment rights at gubernatorial debate

Protestors outside WBFO-WNED studios ahead of the gubernatorial debates.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Ahead of the gubernatorial debates, protestors gathered outside of the WBFO-WNED studios.  The crowd was heavy with ant-fracking, pro-clean energy mantras, and just as weighted with chants for Second Amendment rights – those mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo.

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Protestors urge alternative to fracking
1:40 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Protestors urge gubernatorial candidates to find alternatives to fracking

Protestors gather outside WBFO-WNED studios for the gubernatorial debates
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Before the gubernatorial candidates started volleying debate points, citizens were volleying protest slogans.  Outside of the WBFO-WNED studios, shouts for second amendment rights – mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo – were just as loud as chants against fracking for natural gas.

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Politics
1:30 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Cuomo says he wanted debate in Buffalo to show commitment to WNY

Governor Cuomo talking with reporters after debate
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Outside of an after-party for his supporters, Governor Cuomo explained that he wanted last night’s gubernatorial debate to take place in Buffalo to show his commitment to Western New York. 

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Governor's Race
5:45 am
Wed October 22, 2014

WNED-WBFO airs gubernatorial debate Wednesday night

WNED/WBFO will host tonight's gubernatorial debate.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Four of the candidates running for Governor of New York will be participating in a debate originating from Buffalo at the studios of WNED|WBFO. It will be shown on public television and heard on public radio tonight. It’s the only debate agreed to by Andrew Cuomo and his challengers.

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Politics
5:42 am
Wed October 22, 2014

McCarthy previews gubernatorial debate

Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo

Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy will be one of the panelists who will be asking questions of the candidates during tonight's gubernatorial debate at the WNED/WBFO studios. He shared some thoughts on what to expect during a conversation this morning on WBFO.

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Politics
7:15 am
Wed October 15, 2014

McCarthy reviews local Congressional races

In sharp contrast to 2012 when Chris Collins ousted incumbent Congresswoman Kathy Hochul in a hard fought battle, the local 2014 Congressional races aren't likely to present similar drama. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, the closest race may be for the seat currently held by Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed.

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