Politics

Politics
2:20 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cheektowaga councilwoman running for vacant Assembly seat

Angela Wozniak is running on a platform of ethics reform.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The race for the State Assembly seat formerly held by Dennis Gabryszak has its first contender. Angela Wozniak, a Cheektowaga town councilwoman, declared her Republican candidacy Wednesday.

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New York Governor
10:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Paladino drops bid to woo Trump, will support Astorino

Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino is now throwing his full support behind Republican gubernatorial Rob Astorino. 

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Medical Marijuana
9:37 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Medical marijuana next big issue after lengthy spring break

Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana.  Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers,  but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Poloncarz calls on IDA to address wage inequality

Erie County Officials observe national equal pay day.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Officials in Erie County observed National Equal Pay Day Tuesday. The symbolic day aims to draw attention to the issue of income inequality between working men and women.

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Campaign Finance Reform
8:22 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Comptroller opts out of public finance, saying test program is flawed

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

The state’s comptroller says he won’t be participating in a new pilot public campaign finance program agreed to in the state budget, and government reform groups say, they don’t blame him.

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Lobbying
4:30 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Report shows record lobbying in NYS

A new record has been reached in spending on lobbying in New York, according to a report released by the state’s  ethics commission. It finds over $200 million was spent, mostly by a few top interests, to try to influence government  and policy in Albany.

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Campaign Finance Reform
5:17 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Advocate Says Cuomo Missed Chance to Counter Act Supreme Court Ruling

The U.S. Supreme court decision McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down some campaign donation limits, is expected to have an effect in New York.  Reform advocates say Governor Cuomo and lawmakers missed a key chance this week to counter act the ruling.

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Moreland Commission
5:51 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Moreland panel dismantled as part of new ethics reform deal

Credit File Photo

The recently enacted state budget also marks the end of a commission that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Governor Cuomo agreed to dismantle the Moreland Act panel as part of a deal on ethics reform.

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Gun Rally
5:54 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Thousands rally against NY SAFE Act

Donald Trump addresses gun rally.
Credit Matt Ryan / New York Now

Thousands of gun rights supporters rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday against gun control measures championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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State Budget
5:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Cuomo, legislative leaders celebrate budget grand slam

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics.

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State Budget
8:48 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Budget includes rest of Buffalo billion and road repair funding

State Senator Tim Kennedy

The finalized state budget includes $680 million in capital funds for the so-called Buffalo Billion.

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State Budget
6:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Some controversy surrounds new state budget

Protesters with Cuomo masks rally in Albany
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

Lawmakers were hurrying late Monday to complete work on the state budget before the midnight deadline, but the spending plan is not without some controversy.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Comptroller says public finance plan has serious flaws

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

The state’s Comptroller says test public campaign finance plan that would apply only to his office is “seriously flawed”, and might even be unworkable.

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Early Voting
5:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Albany forum explores election reforms

New York is behind other states when it comes to the issue of election reforms.  A forum will be held in Albany Monday that will explore changes to make voting easier.

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Politics
8:58 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Press Pass: Transformational redevelopment for Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Any type of sustainable economic development has consistently passed over the City of Niagara Falls.  But Mayor Paul Dyster says there are eight big projects in the works and insists there will be changes to boost tourism. 

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New York Governor
8:37 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Trump will not run for governor

Donald Trump addresses local Republicans in January
Credit WBFO File Photo

Donald Trump will not run for governor of New York this year.

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State Budget
9:25 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Cuomo says real budget negotiations can now begin

Credit File photo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's focused on working with legislative leaders on finalizing a new state budget by the April 1st start of the new fiscal year.

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Politics
2:58 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Kennedy says state will help with blizzard aftermath

Blizzard in downtown Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

New York State has declared a State of Emergency for all of Western New York and parts of northern Central New York. The action comes after the National Weather Service officially declared a Blizzard Warning in Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Monroe, Livingston, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego and Wayne counties.

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Politics
6:51 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

House Majority Leader talks healthcare, education during stop in Amherst

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke in Amherst Monday afternoon as part of Daemen College’s new Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Egriu challenging Higgins in congressional primary

Eddi Egrui announces his Congressional campaign in Buffalo.
Credit Photo provided by the Egrui campaign

Another candidate has entered this fall's congressional race in New York's 26th District. Buffalo businessman Emin "Eddie" Egriu announced his campaign on the City's East Side Monday afternoon.

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Politics
1:35 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Republican Astorino announces gubernatorial run

Rob Astorino is seeking the GOP nomination for governor.
Credit Facebook

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

A top Republican county official from New York City's northern suburbs is officially launching his uphill fight to unseat Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Politics
9:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Higgins says U.S. should avoid military intervention when dealing with Ukraine

Congressman Brian Higgins
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Protests in Ukraine began late last year with hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians taking to the streets to rally against corruption and police violence in the country. Congressman Brian Higgins says the violence happening there is a complicated matter.

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Politics
11:51 am
Thu February 27, 2014

State of the County: Poloncarz calls for ‘War on Poverty'

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz delivered his State of the County Address in downtown Buffalo Wednesday evening.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

In his State of the County address Wednesday night, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling for an 'War on Poverty', saying something needs to be done to deal with the issue that is effecting children in school to seniors who are fiscally on the edge.  The county executive  delivered his address from the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library in downtown Buffalo.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's entire 2014 State of the County Address.

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Politics
6:30 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Press Pass: Investigative Post examines RINOs

Jim Heaney, Investigative Post.
Credit WBFO News file photo

We're talking about RINOs in this edition of Press Pass. Investigative Post's Jim Heaney looks at the campaign contributions made by Buffalo School Board member and former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Mayor Brown marks largest attendance for State of City

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivers 9th annual State of the City Speech Friday afternoon.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivered his 9th annual State of the City address to a huge crowd at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Friday afternoon.

Mayor Byron Brown's entire State of the City Speech.

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Politics
9:49 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Congressman Collins outraged at Cuomo's free college ride for inmates

Inside Erie County Holding Center.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The blow-back continues over Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to give convicts a free college education. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - legislation will be proposed on Capital Hill to bar Cuomo from funding the program with federal tax dollars.

 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo
8:51 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Cuomo defends prison college classes at Rochester appearance

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Rochester Thursday.  He stopped by the Eastman Business Park to give a regional budget presentation and to announce a $3 million grant for a new Bioscience Manufacturing Center. 

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Politics
10:09 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Call for secret Peace Bridge documents to be revealed

Truck entering Peace Bridge Plaza off 190 in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Common Council could weigh in Tuesday afternoon on secret talks federal officials reportedly had about removing truck traffic from the Peace Bridge.

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New York Governor
8:42 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Trump calls for united Republican party at local fundraiser

Donald Trump answers reporters questions
Eileen Elibol WBFO News

Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump has provided a preview of what a Trump-for-governor campaign might look like.

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Governor's Race
6:08 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Trump to appear at county Republican fundraiser

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump will be in the Buffalo area Friday night as he continues to explore a run for governor this year. 

WBFO'S Mark Scott previews Donald Trumps visit to Buffalo.

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