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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.


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A Niagara County state assemblyman announced Tuesday he is changing his party affiliation. John Ceretto is switching from the Republican to the Democratic conference.

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During a stop in the Wyoming County Town of Wethersfield on Monday, Senator Charles Schumer spoke for the first time about the Iran nuclear deal since he announced his opposition to it late last week.


Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will try to get the state legislature to broaden an increase in the state’s minimum wage beyond fast food workers, but the newly appointed Deputy Majority Leader of the state Senate is throwing some cold water on that plan.


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Samuel Herbert is on the ballot in the Democratic primary for the Fillmore District Council seat held by David Franczyk.

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Joseph Mascia says he isn't going away any time soon and will use his campaign for Fillmore District councilmember to open a community conversation on race and economic injustice.


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New York State Senator Mark Panepinto of Buffalo said he did not violate any ethical guidelines in pressuring a state agency to change a policy.

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As Greece continues to grapple with a crippling economic crisis, a local congressman insists the problem should serve as a warning to the U.S.

According to a former council member who is running for Mayor of Niagara Falls, the city is on the verge insolvency.

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The Niagara District's David Rivera has been elected the new majority leader of the Buffalo Common Council.

Jeb Bush appears at Buffalo campaign fundraiser

Jun 30, 2015
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Jeb Bush, one of more than a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls, appeared in Buffalo Tuesday morning for a campaign fundraiser.

Demone Smith resigns from Common Council

Jun 23, 2015
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Demone Smith has resigned as the Buffalo Common Council's Masten District representative to take another city job.

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Lawmakers from the New York State Senate will resume work next Tuesday as they try to bring the legislative session to a close.

Bush could benefit from crowded GOP field

Jun 15, 2015
University at Buffalo

A crowded field of Republican candidates could benefit Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, a local political analyst speculated.

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Armed with search warrants, investigators are conducting raids at the homes of three key political figures in Western New York.

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Former New York Governor George Pataki is the latest Republican to enter the race for president. Pataki is  already in New Hampshire this week campaigning for votes.

Former NY governor George Pataki enters presidential race

May 28, 2015
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Former New York Gov. George Pataki is the latest Republican to get into the race for president. Pataki formally announced his candidacy late Thursday morning in Exeter, New Hampshire.

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New State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan may be from Long Island but two local senators say he has been a frequent visitor to Western New York.


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Senate Leader Dean Skelos has resigned his post over a corruption scandal and Republicans have elected Senator John Flanagan, currently chair of the Education Committee, to be his successor.

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The question in Albany is, will Dean Skelos still be Senate majority leader by noon Monday? Republicans are meeting at 11 a.m. to decide his fate.


Embattled State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is resorting to a threat to keep his leadership post.

Term limits hearing draws minimal response

May 8, 2015
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What if you hosted a public hearing on proposed term limits... and only two people showed up to speak? That's what happened in the Erie County Legislature's chambers.

Auto bureau revenue proposal draws mixed reviews

May 7, 2015
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One day after promoting the financial benefits to Erie County of completing vehicle registration renewals through local auto bureaus, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs was before the County Legislature's Economic Development Committee on Thursday to support a proposed law that would designate how those revenues would be spent.

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State Senator Robert Ortt says he will support efforts to replace Majority GOP Leader Dean Skelos when lawmakers return to Albany.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first public comments since the leader of the State Senate was charged in an extortion and bribery scheme, says if true, he finds the accusations “disturbing.”

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The leader of the State Senate, Dean Skelos, surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning and was charged with six counts of corruption, including bribery and extortion, in connection with an alleged scheme that used his political position to enrich himself and his son.

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The annual state report on lobbying is out, and it finds that $226 million dollars was spent on influencing government leaders, with the largest amount from education groups.


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