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On Thursday, October 27, candidates for Erie County District Attorney will meet at the WNED|WBFO studios for a debate on issues facing county voters.

New York Comptroller State Thomas DiNapoli is weighing in on bid-rigging allegations related to Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development programs. The Comptroller, who says his office was cut out of the process,  is urging stronger oversight.

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Lewd comments made by Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump in a leaked 2005 video are drawing sharp criticism from Western  New York leaders on both sides of the political aisle.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen Dewitt

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, speaking Thursday at a panel on corruption in state government at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, took a shot at some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's actions.

Cuomo implicated in Bridgegate cover-up

Oct 6, 2016
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The governors of New York and New Jersey were involved in covering up Bridgegate early on, star witness David Wildstein said in federal court in Newark Tuesday.

NPR vice presidential debate fact-check

Oct 4, 2016

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

Tonight it will be the vice presidential hopefuls’ turn to debate. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence haven’t received nearly the attention that their running mates have gotten thus far, but tonight’s debate could help determine who is elected this November.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Three top Erie County leaders put away their political hatchets and, instead, put together a package of major changes in the county charter.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign says it will "set aside" $350,000 it received from LPCiminelli and COR Development executives facing federal corruption charges.

New York Now

The criminal charges against nine of Governor Cuomo’s associates is only the latest incident in a wave of corruption that has enveloped the state capital for the past several years. When Cuomo first became Governor in 2011, he promised to do something about it. So far, he has not been successful. 

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The presidential debate drew a good crowd to the North Park Theatre Monday night. Judging by those who were willing to talk afterwards, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the debate.

4 Things To Watch At The First Presidential Debate

Sep 26, 2016

The first presidential debate tonight is shaping up to be one of the most-watched political events ever, with a potentially Super Bowl-size audience.

Here are four things to watch for as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump take the stage at Hofstra University on Long Island.

1. Which Trump shows up

Donald Trump "won" the primary debates by dominating his opponents, often by name-calling and bluster. This one will be different.


Jeremy Zellner will remain the Chair of the Erie County Democratic Committee.

He was unanimously re-elected on Saturday at the biennial reorganization meeting. He was first elected back in 2012.  Zellner says the unanimous vote is a symbol of the unity and strength among democrats in Erie County.

 Statement by Chairman Jeremy Zellner:

Associated Press

A former Cuomo administration official is among those named in a criminal complaint by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara that alleges kickback and bribery schemes carried out over several years. Many of those illegal acts, the complaint alleges, involve the governor’s much-touted upstate economic development programs, including the Buffalo Billion.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York City has announced the arrests of nine people in what it calls the "show-me-the-money culture in Albany." The arrests include a former aide to Governor Cuomo and three executives with local developer LPCiminelli in the Buffalo Billion federal probe. 

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Hillary for New York Monday launched its general election campaign office in Buffalo. This is one of a number of regional offices the campaign plans to open throughout New York State in the coming weeks.

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Democratic leaders will be opening a general election campaign headquarters for Hillary Clinton in Buffalo Monday.

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State GOP Chairman Ed Cox is a veteran of presidential politics, having worked for three administrations. Ronald Reagan was the last Republican to carry the state, but Cox believes Trump "has the big 'mo,' big momentum," behind him and Hillary Clinton is "fading."

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The interviewing tables were turned on Susan Arbetter Tuesday night, and she said the change made it "uncomfortable." The award-winning host of public radio's "The Capitol Pressroom" was interviewed by Investigative Post Executive Director Jim Heaney before an audience at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

After the death of Assemblymember Bill Nojay, Republican leadership throughout the 133rd Assembly District urged voters to still vote for Nojay in Tuesday’s GOP primary. The voters responded.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It took less than an hour after polls closed Tuesday night for the primary winners to emerge in the race for the 60th State Senate District. While Amber Small and Chris Jacobs both celebrated quick wins against their respective opponents, both were already looking ahead to the general election in November.

New York State Senate

Western New Yorkers are going to the polls for what is expected to be a lightly attended primary election. A hotly contested race for Erie County District Attorney is on the ballot, along with State Senate, Assembly and judicial delegates.

Assemblyman Bill Nojay, 59, has died, four days before he faced a Republican primary for his 133rd Assembly District seat. Nojay took his own life at Riverside Cemetery on Lake Avenue in Rochester.

Amber Small for State Senate

State Senate Candidate Amber Small has joined leaders in the LGBTQ community to sign a "Unity Pledge" in support of equality and inclusion in the 2017 Senate session.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Two scares at airports in two of the nation's largest cities in a two-week span has New York Senator Charles Schumer calling for a review of security.

House Speaker Ryan to appear in Buffalo for fundraiser

Aug 29, 2016

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is coming to Western New York to appear in two scheduled fundraisers, one in Buffalo and the other in Rochester, to raise funds that will be used to boost Republican congressional candidates as the GOP rallies to keep its majority this November.

WBFO File Photo

There is more evidence that the Presidential race may be effecting which party controls the New York State Senate.

Just months after Paul Manafort was promoted to bring some structure to and scale up Donald Trump's presidential bid, the Washington insider has resigned from the campaign.

In a statement Friday morning, Trump said that Manafort offered his resignation. The candidate said he is "very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process."

"Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success," Trump continued.

Karen DeWitt

There's more evidence that the presidential race may be effecting which party controls the New York State Senate.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Erie County Board of Elections has issued mixed rulings regarding two petitions in the upcoming race for the New York State Senate 60th District.