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Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers are still trying to put together a special session before the end of the year that could include a pay raise.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

If the Cuomo Administration decided to write Santa Claus a wish list for items passed in 2017, what would be on that list? Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, during her most recent visit to Buffalo, was asked what her boss would like to see in the new year.

Erie County

Tuesday's budget session of the Erie County Legislature may go very swiftly, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle appear united.

Western New York Congressman Tom Reed is among the latest additions to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, and he’s stepping up to defend Trump’s choices for his new administration.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pressuring state lawmakers to come back in December for a special session that includes a number of reform items to address recent corruption scandals. In exchange, he said, they could potentially be rewarded with a pay raise.

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The Siena College Research Institute is ready to embark on its next New York political poll. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports it will be asking about attitudes toward President-elect Donald Trump to measure the post-election mood.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The New York State Office of Mental Health and Governor Andrew Cuomo are again pursuing a plan to close the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center and move patients into the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Once again, state legislators representing Buffalo-area districts vow to unite and fight the plan.

Will there be a special session of the legislature this December? Gov. Andrew Cuomo is offering lawmakers an incentive to come back to meet — a possible pay raise, in exchange for ethics reforms.

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State lawmakers, who have not had a pay raise since 1999, are no closer to getting one in the new year. The state commission assembled to recommend a possible raise instead rejected the measure on Tuesday. But not everyone eligible for the raise is upset.

New York lawmakers could soon get their first pay increase in nearly two decades.

If the numbers hold, Republicans are poised to remain in control of the State Senate, and even pick up a seat. The news has reassured business groups but dismayed reform advocates.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

He pulled off a stunning upset Tuesday, but when Donald Trump takes office in January, what could we expect from his administration? A panel of professors at the University at Buffalo took questions regarding the forthcoming arrival of the Trump Administration.

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John Flynn will be Erie County's next District Attorney. The Democratic candidate emerged from an early dead heat to defeat Republican Joseph Treanor by 10 percentage points, unofficially.

Some new faces from Western New York are headed to the New York State Assembly, while and some familiar faces are returning home.

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In the 61st State Senate race, Republican incumbent Michael Ranzenhofer retained his seat, defeating Democratic Erie County Legislator Thomas Loughran.

Erie County Election Results

Nov 8, 2016


Follow below for the results of key races WBFO is keeping track of.

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It’s a busy day at polling places across Erie County where turnout is estimated to be high, and also at the office that oversees the process.

The cemetery where women's suffrage activist Susan B. Anthony is buried extended its hours Tuesday "to accommodate those wishing to celebrate their vote" at her gravesite. Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y., will be open until polls there close at 9 p.m. ET. Although this presidential election is the first in American history to have a woman on the ballot as a major party candidate, it is not the first time people have commemorated their votes by visiting Anthony's grave. Mount Hope...

What you need to know about voting in NYS

Nov 8, 2016

The polls opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m. Here is what you need to know about Election Day voting 2016:

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Come January, Erie County will have a new District Attorney. John Flynn and Joseph Treanor are in the race for the DA's Office on the Democratic and Republican tickets, respectively.

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It goes without saying: a lot of people are on edge over this year's presidential election. One local expert says people are feeling frustrated and helpless by the increasing divide and disrespect. And he believes there will be no relief from it once the votes are counted and a winner is declared.

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A final poll in the long Presidential race shows the contest tightening a bit in New York, though Hillary Clinton still leads Donald Trump by double digits.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Election day is less than 24 hours away. As tens of millions of voters stream to the polls, millions more have already cast their ballots in one of the nastiest presidential races in American history. In Erie County, Democrats and Republicans are making their final pushes.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Election Day is on the horizon and candidates from each party are using their resources to gain the most support at the polls.

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With only days before the Presidential election politicians are making their rounds to encourage support at the polls.

Erie County

Many Erie County Legislature public hearings have few citizens in attendance, while a few draw a lot of people, like the upcoming hearing on the County Executive Poloncarz's proposed budget. Legislators want to try early evening meetings to draw larger crowds.

Matt Ryan / New York Now

Recommendations on how to go forward with some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development contracts tainted by scandal have been delayed for another few weeks, the governor’s economic development chairman said.

Chris Caya WBFO News

In an unusual move six days before the election, Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty crossed party lines on Wednesday to endorse Joseph Treanor, the Republican and Conservative candidate for D.A.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The long-dominant Seneca Party took complete control of Seneca Nation government in Tuesday's election.

New York State Senate

This year's election could determine which party controls the New York Senate, possibly giving Democrats the keys to state government.

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