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44th BPRA Lawmakers Legislative Weekend
11:50 am
Sun February 15, 2015

44th BPRA Lawmakers Legislative Weekend

141st State Assembly Member Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes
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Friday marked the start of the 44th annual Lawmakers Legislative Weekend for the Association of Black, Puerto Rican, and Asian members of the state assembly.

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Politics
3:41 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Legislators propose term limits for county offices

Five Erie County legislators are introducing a term limit proposal they hope will be on the ballot for the November election. The lawmakers claim the proposal is in response to the recent rash of unethical behavior amongst public officials in Albany.

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Thruway officials out; Hochul optimistic on ethics
10:17 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Hochul says Thruway officials no longer employed; optimistic on passage of ethics reforms

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul at the Finishing Trades Institute of Western New York
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says there is no tolerance for anyone who doesn’t follow Governor Andrew Cuomo’s high code of ethics, and that includes officials at the State Thruway Authority.

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Politics
12:41 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Heastie elected new Assembly speaker

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The New York state Assembly has elected Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie as its speaker, making him the first African-American to lead the body. 

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Politics
5:05 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Morelle out, Heastie gains in Speaker's race

Carl Heastie appears to be in line to be the next Assembly Speaker.
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The race to replace the disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seems all but over, with the Assembly’s Majority Leader Joe Morelle ending his bid for the job and throwing his support to Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie. A vote could be held as early as next week.

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Politics
6:13 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ryan says Silver's fall will lead to more democracy in the Assembly

NYS Assembly Member Sean Ryan
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Dumping Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as a result of public corruption charges could open the way for more democracy in the Legislature, according to Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

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Politics
9:17 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Assemblyman Kearns: 'People knew Sheldon Silver was corrupt'

NYS Assemblyman Mickey Kearns
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New York State Assemblyman Mickey Kearns claims "People knew Sheldon Silver was corrupt" and says he has long sought the removal of the State Assembly Speaker from office. Kearns comments follow word that Silver will step down as Speaker on Monday as he faces federal corruption charges.


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Politics
1:47 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Coalition of area Assembly members calls on Silver to resign

Assembly members Jane Corwin, Raymond Walter, Joseph Giglio, John Ceretto, Angela Wozniak and Micheal Kearns joined together to call for Speaker Sheldon Silver's resignation.
Credit Avery Schneider/WBFO News

Six area Assembly members have banded together to call for the resignation of Speaker Sheldon Silver, following his arrest on Thursday on corruption charges. They say the business of the people is at stake.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Federal prosecutor details charges against Silver, as Assembly Democrats close ranks

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under arrest and $3.8 million in eight different bank accounts held by Silver have been seized as federal prosecutors accuse the Speaker of running two fraudulent and corrupt schemes.

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Politics
11:10 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrested on corruption charges

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges and accused of using his position as one of the most powerful men in Albany to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.

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State
3:07 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Gov. Cuomo delivers powerful eulogy for father

Gov. Andrew Cuomo with his father, Mario, on election night.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered a powerful 40-minute eulogy for his late father, saying the three-term governor never abandoned his beliefs even if it meant facing political consequences.

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Cuomo Inaugural
3:33 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Cuomo says NY leads nation by example

Governor Cuomo delivers in inaugural address from the World Trade Center in New York City.

Andrew Cuomo is kicking off his second term as New York's governor, saying he was doing so "at a uniquely New York moment" when some things seem at their worst. 

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Politics
9:34 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Higgins calls for bipartisan work in 2015

Congressman Brian Higgins.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The 113th Congress ended with lawmakers receiving one of the lowest job approval ratings. Political battles and partisan bickering and gridlock created a dismal 2014 session.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to one local congressman about moving beyond the wall that divides lawmakers. 

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Cuomo to give inaugural addresses in NYC & Buffalo
1:51 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

Cuomo to deliver inaugural addresses in NYC and Buffalo

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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo will start off the new year by delivering his second-term inaugural address, not once, but twice on New Years Day.

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US House of Representatives
4:32 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Slaughter wins close race by less than 1,000 votes

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Rep. Louise Slaughter has survived the closest race of her political career.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo
7:31 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Cuomo deflects blame for Democratic losses

Governor Cuomo surrounded by family on Election Night
Credit Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo is deflecting blame for not doing more to get Democrats elected Tuesday.

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Politics
9:05 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Election 2014: Bob McCarthy offers insight into last night's results

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The 2014 Election is in the books.  WBFO's Jay Moran talked with Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy about the winners, losers and what to expect going forward.


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Politics
4:57 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Cuomo re-elected to second term as New York governor

Credit Karen DeWitt

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has won a second term by defeating Republican Rob Astorino

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Politics
4:56 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Collins wins, applauds Republican gains

Congressman Chris Collins celebrates his victory Tuesday night.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

After a hard fought close race two years ago, Representative Chris Collins sailed to victory in the 27th Congressional district which spans eight counties. Collins is looking forward to having Republicans in control of Capitol Hill. 

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Politics
12:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Polling location in Buffalo opens late

Polling location sign
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Voters were turned away from Unity Church at 1243 Delaware Avenue Tuesday morning. The polling site opened after 7 a.m., because three inspectors did not show up.

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Politics
8:15 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Political insight into Election 2014

Election Day 2014 will bring an end to several heated contests here in Western New York and across the state.  Political Analyst Michael Haselswerdt looks at the governor's race and the battle over the 60th State Senate Seat among other challenges.

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Politics
7:08 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Election Day 2014: Races to Watch

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The polls have opened for Election Day 2014.  Many eyes are on the race for the Governor's mansion, but there are a few other contests to watch as well today.

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Hawkins rallies Green Party with BTF
5:32 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Hawkins rallies for Green Party with support of Buffalo Teachers Federation

Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for Governor, rallies for support at the Buffalo Teachers Federation.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

It is three gubernatorial candidates in three days, with Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins rallying a small group of supporters on Sunday at the Buffalo Teachers Federation headquarters.

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Politics
10:05 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Cuomo addresses new controversy during Niagara Falls visit

Credit WBFO News photo by Brian Meyer

Governor Cuomo is dismissing claims that his office contributed to a state commission’s failings to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. WBFO asked Cuomo about a new controversy Friday during the governor’s visit to Niagara Falls for a get-out-the-vote rally.

The mood at the event held at the Como Restaurant on Pine Avenue was upbeat, with Cuomo running mate Kathy Hochul urging  nearly 200 supporters to get to the polls Tuesday.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Reporter reviews Reed/Robertson debate in Olean

The 23rd Congressional race has been marked by negative attack ads. That acrimony, however, was not on display Wednesday night when the candidates, Republican Congressman Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Martha Robertson, debated at Olean High School.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Higgins, Weppner debate at St. Joe's

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute teacher Ted Lina, Republican candidate Kathy Weppner and Democrat incumbent Rep. Brian Higgins.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A debate between Democrat incumbent Rep. Brian Higgins and Republican challenger Kathy Weppner took place at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Wednesday morning. The candidates are vying for the 26th Congressional District seat.

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Politics
6:40 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Voters to decide redistricting amendment

Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union, is pushing for passage of Proposition 1.
Credit Omar Fetouh/WBFO News

Election Day is next week and along with the various races voters will decide, three state propositions are also on the ballot. The one that has garnered the most attention is Proposition 1, which would change the way the redistricting process is done in New York.

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60th State Senate Race
8:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Candidates debate in 60th Senate District

Mark Grisanti, Kevin Stocker and Marc Panepinto debated the issues in a televised event Thursday night.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

The candidates in the competitive race for the 60th State Senate seat took part in a three-way debate Thursday night. Along with considerable mudslinging, some key issues were discussed.

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Politics
10:09 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Reporter debrief: Reviewing the debate

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt was a panelist in last night's debate
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Four candidates for New York governor squared off in a debate last night from the WNED|WBFO studios. Afterward, the debate's moderator, WBFO News Director Brian Meyer, and one of its panelists, New York Public Radio Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt, talked about what they saw and heard during the hour-long forum.

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Politics
8:20 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Video: Candidates square off in sole gubernatorial debate

Rob Astorino, Andrew Cuomo, Howie Hawkins and Michael McDermott particpated in Wednesday's debate
Eileen Elibol/WNED

Four candidates for New York governor took the stage Wednesday night from downtown Buffalo in the only gubernatorial debate of the 2014 election season.

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