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3:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Poll: Cuomo maintains 2-to-1 lead over Astorino

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a big lead over his Republican challenger.
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The latest numbers suggest Governor Andrew Cuomo could win by a landslide in his bid for re-election this fall.

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Politics
11:08 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Senate candidate exits race after admitting to affair

Gia Arnold is pulling out of her State Senate campaign.
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A Niagara County State Senate candidate is pulling out of the race after admitting to an extra-marital affair.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

FCC commissioner voices opposition to sports blackout policy

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai announces opposition to FCC sports blackout policy. Congressman Brian Higgins urges the FCC Chairman to eliminate the policy.
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FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai says he’s opposed to the FCC’s sports blackout rule. Pai made the announcement alongside Congressman Brian Higgins in Buffalo Tuesday.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Court dismisses attempt to get Teachout off primary ballot

Zephyr Teachout's name will appear in next month's Democratic primary.
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Liberal law professor Zephyr Teachout is eligible to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary on September 9. A Brooklyn judge Monday dismissed an attempt by Cuomo supporters to remove her from the ballot.

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Politics
8:50 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Schumer pushes tax-free accounts for people with disabilities

Senator Charles Schumer launches campaign for 'ABLE Act' at People Inc. in Amherst.
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A new piece of legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate could help New Yorkers with disabilities and their families prepare for the future. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act or ABLE Act, which creates a tax-advantage savings account for people with disabilities.

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Politics
6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Long-term effects of Moreland controversy on Cuomo unknown

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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors.

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Politics
10:14 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Buffalo News' Bob McCarthy examines recent political departures

Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy

Steve Casey's resignation on Tuesday as Buffalo Deputy Mayor comes just days after George Maziarz announced he would not seek re-election to the state Senate this fall. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy says the moves will bring major changes to the local political landscape.

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Politics
2:02 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

North Tonawanda Mayor Ortt running for Maziarz' Senate seat

North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt is running for State Senate.
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North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt announced Tuesday he will run for the State Senate seat being vacated by longtime Republican senator George Maziarz. Maziarz announced Monday he will not seek re-election in the 62nd District.

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Politics
11:09 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Deputy Mayor Steve Casey leaving Brown's administration

Deputy Mayor Steve Casey.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

First Deputy Buffalo Mayor Steve Casey is leaving City Hall. Casey will be departing his longtime position in Mayor Byron Brown's administration to work on a major development project in West Seneca.

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State Senate
8:40 am
Tue July 15, 2014

North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt mulls run for Maziarz seat

North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt

North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt says he'll make a decision soon on whether he will run for the State Senate seat being vacated by George Maziarz.  But there are already a couple of other candidates in the running.

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Politics
3:17 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

LG candidate Kathy Hochul keeping a low profile

Running mates Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul, from the Democratic State Convention in May
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WBFO's Karen DeWitt reports

Governor Cuomo’s running mate, Lieutenant Governor nominee Kathy Hochul, is keeping an unusually low profile during the first months of the election campaign. The lack of public campaigning by Hochul is starting to raise some questions.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Schumer urges the VA to fix its medical equipment backlog

Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the new Veterans Administration to make wholesale changes to its equipment procurement process.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Senator Charles Schumer has launched a push to clear the backlog of requests for medical equipment at VA hospitals across the New York State Wednesday. Schumer is calling on the new Veterans Administration to make wholesale changes to its equipment procurement process.

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Politics
10:47 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Toronto mayor Rob Ford back to work after rehab stint

Rob Ford goes back to work today after spending time in rehab.
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WBFO's Dan Karpenchuk reports

Toronto's colorful and controversial mayor returns to work Monday after nearly two months in rehab. Ford comes back to join a mayoral election campaign that is in full swing.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Antoine Thompson quits city job, speculation of possible political run

Former Senator Antonie Thompson
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Former state senator Antoine Thompson may be running for a seat in the state assembly this year.  Thompson submitted his resignation Friday to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.  Since December of 2012 , Thompson has served as director of the Buffalo Education and Technology Center. 

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Politics
9:59 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Green Party gubernatorial candidate discusses plans to boost NYS economy

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins.
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The Green Party candidate for Governor says he believes he can win as the only progressive in a three-way race for governor. Howie Hawkins was in Buffalo late last week delivering the message that his plans to boost New York State’s economy that don’t include START-UP NY projects.

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Politics
6:02 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Cuomo, Hochul kick off campaign tour in Amherst

Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul made their first campaign stop at the UAW union hall in Amherst Friday.

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Politics
9:51 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Cuomo, Hochul accept Democratic nomination

New York Democrats have officially made Cuomo/Hochul the 2014 gubernatorial ticket.
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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

Governor Cuomo was nominated to run for a second term on Thursday along with his freshly chosen running mate, former Western New York Rep. Kathy Hochul.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Cuomo chooses Kathy Hochul as his running mate

Former House of Representatives member Kathy Hochul
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Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul has been picked by Governor Andrew Cuomo to be New York's next Lieutenant Governor. Cuomo made the announcement with a video played at the state democratic convention on Long Island, Wednesday.

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Politics
2:03 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Astorino wins Republican nod for governor

Rob Astorino will be on the November ballot as the Republican candidate for New York governor.
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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

Rob Astorino accepted the Republican nomination for Governor at the state party convention in Westchester Thursday, saying Governor Cuomo hasn’t live up to his promises to improve the state.

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Politics
6:30 am
Wed May 14, 2014

New bill aims to make student loan debt more manageable

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for passage of a bill that would allow college graduates to refinance student loans at a lower rate. The national student loan debt is at roughly $1.2 trillion, surpassing auto loan and credit card debt.

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Politics
3:17 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Local names believed to be on Cuomo's running mate short list

Former Rep. Kathy Hochul could be considered as Andrew Cuomo's lieutenant governor.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to pick a new running mate now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has decided not to seek another term. Speculation over whom Cuomo may choose includes some familiar local names.

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Politics
9:38 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Lt. Governor won’t seek reelection

Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, past appearance at Rich Products in Buffalo, NY.
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New York State’s Lt. Governor Robert Duffy says he will not be seeking re-election. Duffy, a former Rochester mayor, told WHAM-TV in Rochester that he won’t run with Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Politics
11:23 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Niagara supervisor pleads guilty to official misconduct

Former Town of Niagara Supervisor Steven Richards.
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The former supervisor in the Town of Niagara accepted a plea deal in court Monday morning. Steven Richards, 61, admitted to using town resources and equipment to benefit a family-owned business.

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Politics
9:58 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Proposed bills aim to hold slumlords accountable

Dilapidated homes on Buffalo's east side
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Two new pieces of legislation aim to protect homeowners and hold slumlords accountable for their blighted properties in western New York.

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Politics
10:28 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Ford taking leave from mayor's office to deal with alcoholism

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WBFO's Dan Karpenchuk reports

Another chapter is being written in the Rob Ford saga. Toronto's embattled mayor announced late Wednesday that he is taking a leave of absence to deal with alcohol abuse. Ford is stepping away from his duties as mayor and from his re-election campaign, but the question is: for how long?

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Politics
6:30 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Rob Ford undeterred in seeking second term as Toronto mayor

Toronto voters will decide whether Rob Ford deserves another term in office following some high-profile embarrassments.
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WBFO's Dan Karpenchuk reports

Toronto’s controversial mayor, Rob Ford, has officially launched his campaign for re-election, despite a scandal-plagued year. The feisty mayor of Canada’s largest city is sticking with his message of keeping taxes low and fighting for the little guy.

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Politics
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Conference focuses on future storm prep

Hurricane Sandy.
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Governor Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones.

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Politics
4:45 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Moreland fallout continues for Cuomo

A new poll finds that Governor Cuomo is still feeling the fall out from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a  panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal.

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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.
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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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