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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A candidate for State Senate is releasing a report that suggests Erie County is among the worst polluters of water in all of New York, and it has its aging sewer system to blame. Her report also includes some proposed solutions that would see a mix of state, federal and private dollars put to work to ease the discharge of sewage into potential drinking water sources.


The Democratic National Convention is off to a rocky start after leaked emails over the weekend showed the national party showed favoritism toward Hillary Clinton in her primary battle with Sen. Bernie Sanders. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy weighed in on Day One of the closely-watched convention from Philadelphia.


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The resignation of Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is setting the tone for a Democratic National Convention where supporters of Bernie Sanders may or may not unite behind Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee. WBFO's Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt weighed in from Philadelphia.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton's choice for her vice president, giving her a running mate with experience at all levels of government to round out the Democratic ticket.

Clinton told supporters the news in a text message and a tweet on Friday evening just after 8 p.m. ET. According to a Clinton campaign official, the former secretary of state called Kaine this evening to make the formal offer.

Ted Cruz may have been looking to build his future prospects when he avoided endorsing Donald Trump during last night's speech at the Republican Convention. However, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy tells WBFO, the Texas Senator likely alienated his biggest supporter in Western New York.


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Buffalo Common Councilmembers drive thousands of miles a year for the job and are now looking for some cash to pay car costs.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate running against Chuck Schumer is facing great odds in her campaign against the powerful and popular third-term Senator. Wendy Long addressed the New York delegation Tuesday.

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It was made formal Tuesday night in Cleveland. Donald Trump is the Republican Party's candidate for U.S. President. Although his roots are in New York City, can the GOP candidate win in a state where Republican candidates do well Upstate but are challenged by overwhelming Democratic support in New York City?


Collins tapped to second Trump's nomination in Cleveland

Jul 19, 2016
Karen Dewitt, WBFO Albany Correspondent

He was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump in the race for the White House. On Day Two of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Chris Collins will have the honor of seconding the motion that turns Trump from a "presumptive" nominee into the party's official candidate.


Karen DeWitt

Melania Trump's speech at the Republican Convention sparked twin responses. As WBFO Correspondent Karen DeWitt sees it, the former model exceeded expectations with her poise and passion. That faded when allegations of plagiarism emerged.


NY voters favor Clinton over Trump, according to new poll

Jul 19, 2016

As Republicans rally in Cleveland and Democrats prepare for their Philadelphia convention, Hillary Clinton seems to have her adopted home state votes safely locked up. Driven by a 3-1 lead in New York City, Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump 47-35 percent among all New York State voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

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Within the same walls of a downtown Buffalo law firm, two partners are spending time this month serving as a delegate or alternate delegate at national political conventions. They're representing rival parties, but both welcome the opportunity to take part in a civic duty while coming from different points of view.


Karen DeWitt

A veteran journalist who has covered previous conventions, WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt brings an experienced perspective to the coverage of the Republican Convention in Cleveland. While many are expecting a raucous event, DeWitt has been surprised by the calm pre-convention environment.


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The Republican National Convention begins in Cleveland Monday, with New York State Republicans hearing from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Tennessee Senator Bob Corker,  who are billed as official Trump-Pence surrogates, as well as CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow.


New York State Republican Chairman Edward Cox is already in Cleveland for Monday's start of the Republican National Convention.

Donald Trump has officially introduced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate.

"I've found the leader who will help us deliver a safe society and a prosperous, really prosperous society for all Americans," Trump said at a campaign event in New York Saturday. "Indiana Governor Mike Pence was my first choice."

Trump spoke at length about his admiration for Pence's record in Indiana. "He's really got the skills of a highly talented executive," he said.

On Saturday Democratic Committee Chairman Jeremy Zellner made a Statement on Donald Trump selection of Mike Pence as VP pick:
 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has offered only lukewarm support in the past for his fellow Democrats in their quest to take over the state Senate, said this week that he would back Democratic candidates in Senate races. He also somewhat reluctantly offered support to his former primary rival, Zephyr Teachout, who is now running for Congress.

Buffalo-born singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco appeared on WNYC's The Takeaway Thursday talking about how political protest music is used to bring attention to social change.

Supporters of the two outsider candidates in the Presidential race are finding obstacles to attending the national conventions in Philadelphia and Cleveland, held during the next couple of weeks.

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Republican Assemblymember Jane Corwin announced Tuesday she will not seek reelection to a fifth term in the 144th district. Lockport attorney Michael Norris, a former Niagara County Republican elections commissioner, has announced he is running to fill that seat.

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In a surprise announcement, 144th District Assemblymember Jane Corwin said Tuesday she will not be running for another term.

Silver, Skelos seek freedom pending appeals

Jul 13, 2016
Matt Ryan / New York Now

Reacting to a Supreme Court ruling, two former top New York State legislators convicted of public corruption crimes are urging judges to let them remain free pending appeal.

Cuomo denies report of close, recent ties to Pigeon

Jul 13, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Governor Andrew Cuomo is denying a recently published report that suggests longtime Buffalo political operative G. Steven Pigeon, who recently pled not guilty to nine felony charges, maintained a close relationship with his office as recently as his 2014 re-election campaign.


Governor Cuomo has introduced new emergency regulations he says will improve the safety and accountability of child day care programs in New York State. The regulations define the conditions under which the state may revoke or suspend a provider's license and increase penalties for serious violations of child care health and safety standards.

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The Chairmen of Erie County’s political committees are having mixed reactions to FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that the bureau is not recommending presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton be criminally charged for mishandling classified data on private email servers.

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New State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling the charges against political operative Steve Pigeon and State Supreme Court Judge John Michalek a 'multi-year illicit and corrupt scheme'.   WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy immediately following the Attorney General's news conference Thursday. 

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A former Erie County Democratic Committee chairman and longtime local political operative faces nine counts in an indictment unsealed this morning in State Supreme Court. G. Steven Pigeon pled not guilty to all counts, which include bribery, rewarding official misconduct and a grand larceny charge.

  

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On Sunday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a hotline that will reduce and resolve a number of election day problems.

Erie Community College

LPCiminelli has sued Erie County for what it says was bid-rigging in awarding the construction contract on Erie Community College's new STEM building. The dispute prompted county legislators to send the contract back to committee for review.

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