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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County lawmakers have approved the selection of Mark Carney as a new commissioner for the Erie County Water Authority. All voted in favor but one lawmaker who wanted instead to put the process on hold.

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There has been a sudden change at the top of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

Rep. Louise Slaughter hospitalized after concussion

Mar 15, 2018

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has been hospitalized after suffering a concussion recently.

Karen DeWitt

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse delivered an emotional appeal to state senators today, after they learned that the Senate did not put the Child Victims Act into their budget plan. The measure would offer more opportunities for survivors to gain justice in the court system.

Nick Lippa WBFO

Local officials are urging the New York State Senate to move quickly on approving the Child Victims Act. A resolution submitted by Erie County Legislature Chairman Peter Savage will be presented at the legislature session today.

Governor's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke publicly for the first time since his former closest aide was convicted of running two bribery schemes while working for the governor and managing Cuomo’s re-election campaign.

Karen DeWitt

A federal jury found Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joe Percoco guilty on three counts of bribery and conspiracy to commit honest service fraud in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

As the nation marks Sunshine Week, the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government is releasing its report card on the websites of local governments - and the grades are not good.

Governor's office

As a jury continues to deliberate in the bribery trial of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Cuomo has been keeping his focus on other matters, including appearing with former Vice President Al Gore to talk about energy and the environment.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the county is doing pretty well: jobs are up and county agencies are showing how well they can help members of the public. However, delivering his annual State of the County address Thursday, he said more needs to be done.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The chairman of the Erie County Legislature's Government Affairs Committee was hoping to hear directly from ECWA leaders Thursday and provide answers to questions including what some deem a "golden parachute" in the contract of its executive director. ECWA leaders, citing a "scheduling conflict," did not show up for Thursday's committee meeting.

National Public Radio

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s unconcerned about the possibility of a primary from the left by Cynthia Nixon, and even made a joke linking to the actor and Russian interference in the U.S. elections.

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A fellow Cheektowaga council member and the town's Republican Committee chair are calling on James Rogowski to resign.

Matt Ryan

Things got heated on the New York State Senate floor this week over a debate on bills that majority party Republicans say will improve school safety. Meanwhile, the state Assembly on Tuesday passed its own set of gun control bills.

National Public Radio

Nail salon drying lamps help achieve a flawless manicure finish, but they would be regulated under a bill passed by New York's state Senate.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joe Percoco, is waiting to find out whether he will be convicted of bribery and other charges as a jury continues to deliberate in federal court. Government reform groups say regardless of the verdict, the trial highlighted some questionable but legal practices in New York that they say taint the governor’s reputation and need to be fixed.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

Special license plates to raise money for armed guards in schools are part of a package of legislation passed by the Republican-controlled New York State Senate.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing changes to the state's parole system to help formerly incarcerated individuals adjust to life outside prison walls.

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The spending deal passed on Capitol Hill last month, which was implemented hours after a previous federal spending deal expired, is set to expire on March 23. Senator Minority Leader Charles Schumer has stated the deal the reached with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a good one for the middle class. But a local congressman is concerned about the government's increased spending and increasing debt.

New York State has moved its fall 2018 primary election date back two days so it does not interfere with the anniversary of 9/11 or the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

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A former New York State Senator who was once one of the most powerful people in Niagara County politics will no longer face trial for five election law violations. By pleading guilty Friday to a misdemeanor count, George Maziarz will also avoid the possibility of jail time, instead paying a $1,000 fine.

There is going to be more transparency in Erie County government under a new ethics law approved Thursday by the Legislature.

Karen DeWitt

Victims of childhood sexual abuse are hoping that the #MeToo movement will help them enact the Child Victims Act in New York. The measure extends the statute of criminal and civil limitations for victims beyond the current age of 23 to age 50 and adds a one-year look back window to file civil suits.

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Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra says he is dropping out of the Republican race for New York State governor and will run as an independent instead. 

Karen DeWitt

Democrats in the State Senate tried to force a vote on gun control legislation in the State Senate, to put Republicans on the spot over some GOP Senators’ resistance to the bills.

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Congressman Brian Higgins, when pressed about the gun control debate, suggested lawmakers need to hold formal hearings in order to come up with a smart, reasonable and genuine response to gun violence.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Congressmen Chris Collins and Brian Higgins have jointly signed a letter to a federal government agency, urging action on a plan to expand and improve the US plaza at the Peace Bridge. While the Peace Bridge Authority backs the federal lawmakers, at least one Buffalo Common Council member has now expressed concerns for the acquisition of land Higgins says will be needed.

Karen DeWitt

The Libertarian candidate for Governor says while he’s concerned about school shootings, he still thinks  New York’s gun control laws, known as the SAFE Act, should be repealed. Larry Sharpe spoke with  WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt.

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Jurors in the bribery trial of a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo may begin deliberations as early as next week.

Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

As some of Buffalo's difficulties flow across the city line to the suburbs and some of the wealth from the suburbs flows into the city, Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Poloncarz are trumpeting their cooperation on issues like poverty, affordable housing and lead poisoning.