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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s name has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2020, but first, he may be facing some obstacles to win a third term as governor in 2018.


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Democrat Erin Cole does not consider herself a political person, but has been on a career track to run for political office for quite some time. The 46-year-old said the timing is now right for a run, and she intends to take on Clarence Republican Chris Collins.

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The second voter survey in two weeks shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating plummeting to a near record low.


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Local political operative Michael Caputo, who previously worked in Russia and also spent time working on Donald Trump's presidential campaign, sharply denied any Russian collusion in testimony he later described as a "fishing expedition."

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Four mayoral candidates had at least one thing in common Thursday night: attacking Mayor Byron Brown. They gathered in a mayoral forum at Buffalo's Central Library.

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While a new poll finds New Yorkers would like Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be a “national leader” challenging the policies of President Donald Trump’s administration, Cuomo seldom actually mentions the president by name.

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While appearing in Western New York to announce an investment using Buffalo Billion II dollars, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was asked about the largest investment from the original Buffalo Billion and when the jobs and manufacturing will get underway in the city's RiverBend section.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo is being urged to sign a bill that would expand eligibility for the state's medical marijuana program to include patients undergoing treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.


WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

Later this summer, the new Tappan Zee Bridge will be named in honor of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, the current governor’s father. But the renaming of the bridge came with a bit of controversy.


nypeoplesconvention.org

Add Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s name to the list of state politicians wary of holding a constitutional convention. Voters get to decide this November whether New York should hold the event.


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Common Council members say they back inclusionary zoning, which requires new housing to set aside a certain percentage of units as affordable housing.  While most agree upon the goal, finding common ground on the specifics is proving to be more difficult.


Karen DeWitt

The legislature finally ended its 2017 legislative session, after the Assembly voted overnight on a privately negotiated omnibus bill, and the Senate finally finished on Thursday afternoon. The messy process drew condemnation from both sides of the aisle.


Borowskilaw.com

While it has taken months to bring President Trump's travel ban to reality, its effects began months ago. A local immigration attorney has seen that in his practice which has doubled its case load over the last year.


Karen DeWitt

The State Assembly voted in the early hours of Thursday morning on a bill that takes care of some unfinished business in the 2017 legislative session.

Charges of public corruption against New York State Senator Rob Ortt have been dismissed.

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While admitting that passage of the Senate's version of healthcare legislation is far from certain, Congressman Tom Reed defended elements of that bill and some of the thinking behind it during his weekly conference call.


One week after the New York State Legislature declared the 2017 session over, Gov. Andrew Cuomo commanded lawmakers to return for a special session, beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, to deal with some unfinished business.

When the state legislative session ended on June 21, lawmakers left behind a lot of unfinished business, including a failure to act on ethics reform proposals made in light of the economic development scandal in the Cuomo administration.

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On the same day the Congressional Budget Office issued its assessment of the Senate's proposed health bill, the Cuomo Administration offered its own sharp criticism of a bill they say will prove devastating to everyday New Yorkers while seriously harming efforts to battle an ongoing opioid addiction epidemic.


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Governor Cuomo says the state legislature fell down on the job by leaving town without passing an extension of mayoral control for the New York City schools, and he has not ruled out calling them back for a special session.

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A busy legislative session in Albany has failed to produce any agreements on ethics reform, even though Albany is in the midst of a corruption crime wave. WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt spoke to long-time League of Women Voters lobbyist Barbara Bartoletti about the lack of action.


The state Senate is likely to confirm Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nomination to fill the latest vacancy on the state’s highest court. Judge Paul Feinman would be the first openly gay judge on the Court of Appeals.

New York has raised the age of marriage to 17, replacing a law that allowed children as young as 14 to legally wed.

Anything to drink with that popcorn? Not a beer. A plan to permit movie theaters in New York to seek a license to serve alcohol appears to be a flop.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen Dewitt

There was a flurry of activity — along with threats and ultimatums — on Monday at the State Capitol, but there were no agreements on major issues as the session draws to a scheduled close on Wednesday.

Collins renews vow to carry a gun at public events

Jun 19, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Congressman Chris Collins, who last week raised eyebrows by suggesting he would carry a gun following the shooting of a colleague, has again stated his intention to be armed during public appearances, not just for his safety but also for that of staff and constituents.


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The legislature is approaching its final week of the 2017 session, and agreements on outstanding issues, including mayoral control over the state’s largest school system, remain elusive.


Grassroots Buffalo.com

A series of state and federal raids yesterday targeted the Grassroots political club and its founder, Maurice Garner. The group is best known for developing the careers of Mayor Byron Brown and State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes.

Governor Cuomo has named the first openly gay judge to New York’s highest court. Paul Feinman, an appellate court judge and LGBT rights advocate, has been tabbed to fill a vacancy on the New York State Court of Appeals.


Karen DeWitt

A faction of breakaway Democrats known as the Independent Democratic Conference has been in the news lately for receiving stipend payments for chairing committees that the Senators in fact did not chair. Here’s a look at the history of this power-brokering group of senators and what may be in store for its future.


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