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The chairman of the Erie County Republican Party says he thought Tuesday night's GOP presidential debate was "outstanding."

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Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz cruised to victory Tuesday over his Republican challenger Ray Walter, earning a second four-year term as Erie County Executive.

Some hotly contested races are on the ballot today, including elections for Erie County executive and Niagara Falls mayor.

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The two commissioners of Erie County's Board of Elections are offering mixed thoughts on the anticipated turnout for Election Day 2015.

Schumer & Schumer urge passage of tougher gun legislation

Oct 30, 2015
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Senator Charles Schumer is a rather influential person in his own right. But he's hoping the popularity of his closest Hollywood connection - his own cousin - can help boost support for a bill he says will keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.

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Less than a week before Election Day, the challenger for Erie County Executive is accusing the incumbent of lacking a comprehensive road repair plan. The incumbent, though, says not only is a plan in place, but road spending is up over the previous administration.

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Next week’s election of Speaker of the House is all but a formality, according to Congressman Chris Collins.

Local Democrats to host Clinton fundraiser November 10

Oct 23, 2015
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Local Democratic Party leadership is confirming that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in Buffalo early next month to attend a fundraiser supporting her presidential campaign.

Both parties say Biden decision benefits them

Oct 22, 2015
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The men who chair Erie County's two major political party committees typically clash on the issues. But they share the opinion that Vice President Joseph Biden's decision not to run for the White House  benefits their respective eventual nominees.

Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he will not be a candidate for president in 2016, sparing Democrats from a shake-up in the race for the White House and removing a potential stumbling block for Hillary Clinton.

The vice president's decision comes after a long, and very public, struggle with whether or not to make a third run for the White House. Overcome with grief after the death of his eldest son, Beau, in May from brain cancer, at many times Biden seemed far from ready for the rigors of the campaign trail.

Erie County Executive candidates debate at St. Joe's

Oct 20, 2015
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The candidates for Erie County Executive again met face to face on campaign issues, this time in front of hundreds of students inside St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore, which hosted its 31st annual debate.

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It represents a spending increase of less than one percent from the previous budget year and holds the line on property tax rates. But the 2016 budget proposal released Thursday by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz still raises questions and concerns by some.

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The race for Erie County Executive heated up Wednesday night in the WNED|WBFO studios with a debate between incumbent Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz and his opponent, Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter. Among the many issues debated were Child Protective Services, taxes and last November's snow removal response.

With tonight's televised debate, the contest for Erie County Executive is expected to heat up. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy, one of the debate panelists, says until now the contest had been a "sleepy race."

Two local congressmen chime in on House Speaker search

Oct 14, 2015
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It's the job that no Republican member of Congress seems in a hurry to take: Speaker of the House. Two local members of the House of Representatives, one from each party, are hoping that lawmakers can soon reach consensus, for different reasons.

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The son of late conservative icon Jack Kemp talked about presidential politics and the state of the GOP during a visit to Buffalo Monday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have ended their funding feud regarding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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With the dilapidated Central Terminal on Buffalo's East Side as a backdrop, the Republican candidate for Erie County Executive, Ray Walter said, he will revitalize poor communities by creating "Growth and Opportunity Zones."

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Speaker John Boehner's resignation was met with "stunned silence" by his fellow Republicans - according to Congressman Chris Collins.

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A new poll finds Governor Cuomo’s campaign for a phased in $15 an hour minimum wage is resonating among his base group of supporters. The Siena poll also finds the governor’s job approval rating is still at near record low levels.

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The fight towards increasing minimum wage to $15 an hour in New York State is gaining support.

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Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III has announced his candidacy for State Supreme Court justice.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo  lead  major supporters of the Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice in a New York City parade.

The hotly contested primary races for Erie County Family Court came to a close Thursday night with two winners.

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A new sales tax-sharing formula tops Ray Walter's plan to "make a stronger Erie County". Walter, the Republican candidate for County Executive, says the suburbs would benefit because his plan divides sales tax based on population.

Feroleto approved, sworn in to Buffalo Common Council

Sep 1, 2015
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An attorney who previously served in roles under two former Buffalo Common Council members, including the one he is replacing, has been sworn in as the Council's new Delaware District representative.

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There has been an unusual focus on upstate New York among top state politicians from the downstate area in recent weeks. 

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Masten District voters are dealing with an unusual race in which three people and a write-in candidate are vying for a vacant seat.

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Councilmember David Franczyk was flanked by his two opponents Thursday night during a debate over the Council's Fillmore District seat. The two challengers agreed on one thing: the incumbent has to go.

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The State Board of Elections recently issued its final report on an experimental public campaign finance system that had no participants.