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WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

Federal appeals court judges do not seem eager to embrace the arguments of lawyers seeking a new trial for former New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son.

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Buffalo Common Councilmembers made minimal changes, as they approved Mayor Byron Brown's half-billion-dollar city budget proposal Tuesday, which holds the line on taxes.

NYS equal rights amendment back on table

May 17, 2017
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Democrats in the New York State Senate want to add an equal rights amendment to the state constitution.

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Hillary Clinton has launched a new political organization. The former Democratic presidential nominee unveiled "Onward Together'' on Monday afternoon.

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Saying that the nation's infrastructure has been neglected for too long, while the U.S. has spent billions fixing roads and bridges in overseas locations including Iraq and Afghanistan, Congressman Brian Higgins has introduced a trillion-dollar proposal to fix domestic roads, bridges and waterways over the next five years.


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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said if President Trump recorded his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, he should hand them over to Congress.

Without debate or discussion Thursday, Erie County legislators recognized county fiscal realities and voted unanimously to ask Albany to extend much of the county's sales tax authority.

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A new online ad featuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo and promoting tolerance has once again fueled talk that New York’s governor may be planning a presidential run. There are some questions, though, about the ad and its donors.

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Voters get a chance to decide in the fall whether the state should have a constitutional convention. Both legislative leaders, however, say they are against it.

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Democrats in the state Senate remain hopeful that they will regain the numerical majority and control of the chamber after a special election is held later this month. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo dampened those expectations, in remarks made Wednesday in New York City.


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Former FBI Agent Bernie Tolbert made it official on Tuesday: He is running against Tim Howard in his re-election bid as Erie County Sheriff. A graduate of Lafayette High School and the University at Buffalo, Tolbert enjoys a lengthy resume which includes a stint as Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo FBI office and time as a Vice President in charge of security for the NBA.


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Bills to improve voter access advanced in a New York State Senate committee, but their ultimate passage is uncertain.

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Right-to-bear-arms advocates are pushing for one national law in support of carrying a concealed weapon. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 was the topic of heavy discussion last night at an open forum held on Grand Island.

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A bill that could address corruption in Albany is progressing in the New York State Legislature, but it might not be the measure that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to become law.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

Several New York state lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that they say would force President Donald Trump to make his state tax returns public.


State lawmakers and lobby groups say Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in error when he said that there was no political will to enact reforms in 2017.


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In New York State, legislators are again set to debate whether alcoholic beverages should be served in movie theaters, after previous attempts at formal legislation fell apart during state budget negotiations.

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Did you file your tax returns on time? Gov. Andrew Cuomo did - and once again, a book deal has proven lucrative for a lawmaker.

Borrello makes bid for Chautauqua County Executive

Apr 19, 2017
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Legislator George Borrello (R-Hanover) is running for Chautauqua County Executive. An official announcement is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Glushefski enters race for Erie County Comptroller

Apr 18, 2017
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A woman whose professional experience is a mix of law and accounting has entered the race for Erie County Comptroller. Vanessa Glushefski formally launched her campaign outside the Rath Building.


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The state budget struggle in Albany is high political theater, with the legendary "three men in a room" fighting over where the money goes and what it all means to the future of New York. How was the experience for two new local lawmakers?


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Saying both sides have more in common than what separates them, Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy on Wednesday morning announced his party's endorsement of Michael Kearns, a registered Democrat, as their candidate for Erie County Clerk.

Cuomo takes budget victory lap in Buffalo

Apr 11, 2017
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Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared in Buffalo on Tuesday morning to celebrate several components of the newly-passed state budget and to promote the next phase of his ambitious Buffalo Billion program.


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Around 1,500 Erie County workers each will be getting $1,000 before taxes, after a vote Thursday by the County Legislature.

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New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says there is a possible compromise to resolve the ongoing state budget stalemate - but the leader of the Senate says there is no final agreement.

As negotiations over New York’s budget drag on, groups across the state are clamoring for information so they can plan out the next year. Those focused on worker’s compensation reform are used to the wait.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

New York State budget talks collapsed Wednesday night after members of the Senate left the Capitol, with lawmakers from both parties blaming Gov. Andrew Cuomo for scuttling negotiations over the spending plan, now several days late.

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State lawmakers are slowly moving forward toward passage of a spending plan for the fiscal year that began April 1. But several bills subject to further negotiation were making it unlikely that the budget would be passed on Wednesday.

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A New York State lawmaker has introduced legislation that seeks to block the sale of personal information by internet service providers. State Senator Tim Kennedy's bill was drafted and submitted one day after President Donald Trump took action that critics say makes potentially sensitive personal information available to the highest bidder.


Upstate Uber, increased tuition assistance and more money for schools are just a few of the items in the new state budget poised for passage in the New York Legislature. The State Senate began debate over the $152 billion spending plan late Tuesday night after lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo resolved a stalemate that forced them to blow past a Saturday budget deadline.

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