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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.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

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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New York State will avoid a government shutdown after lawmakers approved a two-month stopgap spending plan Monday.

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A uniformed Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard spoke at a political rally in Buffalo's Niagara Square on Saturday and Democratic County Chairman Jeremy Zellner says he should resign because of the tenor of the event.


Cuomo asks for extension to keep NYS operating

Apr 3, 2017
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With New York State budget negotiations at an impasse, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked legislative leaders to extend last year's budget through the end of May while Democrats and Republicans continue working to settle their differences.

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Erie County Executive Poloncarz says the county is in pretty good shape, although potential federal cuts could hit hard at a variety of local programs. His State of the County speech in the Burchfield Penney Art Center was aggressive.

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As the State Legislature approaches the April 1 budget deadline, the Cuomo Administration remains in favor of a plan that has strong bipartisan opposition from local lawmakers. On Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul offered assurance that young patients would be safe if moved to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.


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With a heavily local election this year and a congressional election next year, local progressives are organizing.

New York State lawmakers are trying to agree on a proposal known as Raise the Age by week’s end, along with the state budget.

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The House is expected to vote Thursday on a Republican health care bill that repeals wholesale sections of the Affordable Care Act. New York's Senators are both blasting it. They take exception to an amendment co-sponsored by Congressman Chris Collins that cuts billions of dollars in federal aid while shifting county medicaid costs to the state level.


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Former State Senator George Maziarz and his successor, Republican State Senator Rob Ortt, have been indicted by an Albany County grand jury on felony election law tied to a campaign donations.   WBFO's Jay Moran talks with Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy about the indictments.

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Buffalo's Common Council voted Tuesday to pay just over $4 million to settle two major lawsuits against the city.

Voters went to the polls in 15 villages around Western New York Tuesday to choose their local representatives.

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With less than two weeks remaining before New York State's April 1 budget deadline, state lawmakers are busy in Albany working towards an agreement. WBFO spoke with two local representatives to find out what's still unresolved.


Voters go to the polls in 14 villages

Mar 21, 2017
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Voters go to the polls in 14 villages Tuesday to elect their local board representatives. Most voting begins at noon, except in Hamburg, where the polls open at 9 a.m.

Polls also are open noon-9 p.m. in Barker, Gowanda and Middleport.

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Many gathered at Battery Park in New York City Sunday afternoon rallying to resist voter suppression.

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