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A borrowing agreement involving Erie County and the Erie County Medical Center Corporation, one that would help the latter fund construction of a major capital project, fell short of approval in the Erie County Legislature. The County Executive says with no deal in place, the county faces a deficit that will result in cuts to other services.


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As federal elected officials face noisy constituents at town hall meetings nationwide, New York's senior U.S. Senator and that body's minority leader took questions Wednesday about his own ability to be reached.


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Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan delivered his final State of the County on Wednesday, ending his presentation with the announcement that he will not seek re-election.

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Western New York Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins spoke with reporters Monday about immigration and congressional town halls. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the democratic lawmaker is unsure how those in Washington will find a "middle ground." 

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Under heavy security, Mayor Byron Brown made it official Monday—he is on the campaign trail seeking a fourth term.


Albany and Washington disagree on usage of New York State's I Love NY highway signs.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen Dewitt

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the leader of the state Senate are not as enthusiastic about making New York a sanctuary state as are Assembly Democrats, who passed a bill earlier this week.

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New York State Senator Robert Ortt says the New York SAFE Act has not been living up to its name. That is why the North Tonawanda Republican is proposing a bill to repeal the SAFE Act exclusively in upstate New York.

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Uber and Lyft could be coming to upstate New York under legislation passed by the state Senate. However, this is only the first-part of a three-way fight among the Senate, Assembly and governor.

Senate Leader John Flanagan said he’s not running for governor right now, but in an interview with public radio and television, he admitted that he’s thought about it from time to time.

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Area federal representatives are reacting to President Donald Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

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To date, no one has officially declared candidacy in this year's race for Mayor of Buffalo. But the city's comptroller, Mark Schroeder, has all but made formal that he'll be in the mix.

The State Assembly has passed legislation that would strip taxpayer-funded pensions from public officers convicted of corruption, as well as a resolution aimed at preventing conflicts of interest with regard to legislators' outside income.

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An upstate business group is pleased with some portions of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2017 agenda, especially a plan to expand ride-hailing services.

New York lawmakers will soon begin several weeks of hearings on Governor Cuomo's $152 billion state budget proposal.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

On the day Donald Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States of America, numerous venues in Western New York hosted events to mark Inauguration Day.

Local congressmen offer thoughts on Inauguration Day

Jan 20, 2017
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Two Western New York Republican members of Congress are among those looking forward with excitement to today's inauguration of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. Meanwhile, while many Democrats have indicated they'll skip the proceedings, one Buffalo-area Democrat says he'll be there.


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As Republicans set the wheels in motion to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, local activist are urging Congressman Chris Collins and his peers not to end the health care plan unless they've got a replacement ready to go.


Locals leave for D.C. as others boycott inauguration

Jan 18, 2017
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Add local Congresswoman Louise Slaughter to the list of Democrats not attending Friday’s presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump.

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Several names are popping up as possible contenders to run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018. One Republican business expert is exploring that idea and attacking what he calls Cuomo’s lack of understanding of how businesses create jobs.

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A local congressman is weighing in on a fellow federal lawmaker's weekend remarks about President-Elect Donald Trump, expressing his disappointment while, during a television interview, suggesting that John Lewis is acting like a "spoiled child."


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With the Erie County Legislature on the ballot this fall, the political year is starting with a fight over membership on the county Board of Ethics.

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While Governor Cuomo was in Amherst Monday selling his Buffalo Billion Squared and Middle Class Recovery ideas,  New York State Legislators were in Albany attending scheduled sessions. Local representatives are still peering through Cuomo's many proposals to learn more details but they like some of what they're seeing.

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While many state lawmakers were not in attendance at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s regional State of the State speeches, one person who is tagged along to all the six speeches was state Republican Party Chair Ed Cox.

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A helicopter carrying New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to New York City was forced to make an emergency landing after the cabin filled with fumes.

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It's the next phase of state investment in Western New York and, although it amounts to $500 million, is being called "Buffalo Billion Squared." Governor Andrew Cuomo provided hints of the additional development it would fund during his State of the State address Monday afternoon in Amherst.


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On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his ninth proposal of the 2017 State of the State Address.

Following a train accident last week, Senator Charles Schumer is calling on federal authorities to test train engineers for sleep apnea.

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Top Democrat and Republican members of the Senate and Assembly are not attending Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address.

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As invited guests dined inside a downtown Buffalo hotel, listening to remarks by the woman who led Donald Trump's successful presidential run, protesters stood outside, speaking against the President-Elect's policies. They also renewed their displeasure about a Buffalo School Board member who was one of Trump's top local campaign advocates.


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