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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:

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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. 

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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.


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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
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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.


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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.


Senate Democrats hope once again to take away leadership of the Senate from Republicans in the 2016 elections. The chief engineer of strategy for the Democrats says the Presidential candidates at the top of the ticket will help his candidates win.

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Though the presidential election gets the most attention, a fast-approaching primary election is on the minds of local party leaders as they maneuver for control of the state legislature.


The conventions are over. The political stage has been set for what's expected to be a historic contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  The candidates will spend the next 101 days on the campaign trail.

WBFO was the only radio station in the Buffalo region that assigned a reporter to cover both the Democratic and Republican conventions. Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt interviewed dozens of political operatives. She talked with WBFO News Director Brian Meyer.


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Hillary Clinton made history Thursday night, becoming the first woman to accept a major political party's nomination for the presidential election. As one might expect, the local leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties offered mixed reviews of her speech, including whether she solidified her party's support.


Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy is getting ready to head home after four days of covering the Democratic National Convention. In a conversation with WBFO Friday morning, he talked about his overall impressions of the convention, Governor Andrew Cuomo's primetime address and Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech.


The third night of the 2016 Democratic convention scaled several major peaks: President Obama gave, perhaps, the best-written oration of his career. Vice President Joe Biden gave, perhaps, his last national convention address, and his prospective successor, Tim Kaine, gave his first.

Before Hillary Clinton makes her big speech Thursday night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is waiting to find out what time he will address the convention, and whether he can live up to the legacy of his father's "Two Cities" speech from 32 years ago. WBFO's Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt shared her thoughts from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


As Hillary Clinton prepares to accept the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night, two former mayors of New York City discussed the merits of the two rival candidates. Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy joined us from Philadelphia this morning with his impressions of Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo referred to New York as a "progressive bellwether for the nation" after speaking to the LGBT Caucus at the Democratic National Convention. Is "liberal" no longer a dirty word in politics? That's one of the topics we discussed with Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy, reporting from the DNC in Philadelphia.

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Grumblings from Bernie Sanders supporters linger into Day Two of the Democratic National Convention, as New York Democrats enjoy the home state advantage. WBFO's Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt spoke with WBFO's Howard Riedel from Philadelphia.


Mayor Brown taking on new state role with gusto at DNC

Jul 26, 2016

New York Democrats are playing key roles in the Democratic National Convention, with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown the chair of Hillary Clinton's home state party and Gov. Andrew Cuomo scheduled to speak Tuesday. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy spoke from Philadelphia with WBFO's Howard Riedel on the latest in the closely-watched convention.


WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but the focus Monday was on her primary challenger, Bernie Sanders, and his delegates, who continue to stew over a WikiLeaks release of Democratic National Committee emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders. 

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