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Marc Molinaro

A Republican county executive from New York's Hudson Valley is formally kicking off his campaign for governor.

Sen. Cathy Young

The new state budget includes anti-sexual harassment measures that will apply to both government and private-sector workplaces.

State lawmakers started passing budget bills late Thursday night into Friday morning, even though some major issues related to the spending plan are still not resolved. They need to finish by mid-day Friday so legislators and staff can get home for the Passover and Easter holidays.

Sean Sewart

A longtime Capitol reporter was arrested for talking on the phone in the state Senate lobby. However, New York Daily News reporter Ken Lovett was released without charges after Gov. Andrew Cuomo intervened.

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Talks on the state budget were stalled just days before the March 30 deadline, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers continued negotiations. Groups pressing for additional issues that are in the governor’s budget plan still have not given up hope.


Karen DeWitt

Cynthia Nixon, Democratic candidate for governor, came to Albany to critique the school funding record of her potential primary opponent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The funding is now being discussed in the state budget. As in all of her comments since she’s announced her candidacy, Nixon didn’t pull any punches.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are negotiating a new anti-sexual harassment policy for state and local government officials as part of the state budget. But several victims of sexual abuse and harassment in the Legislature have come forward with a letter asking that the issue be taken out of the budget.

Candidates for 25th Congressional seat announcing

Mar 26, 2018
U.S. Congress

The potential field of candidates considering a run for Congress in the late Louise Slaughter's 25th district is becoming more clear.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Hundreds of people filled the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater in Rochester Friday to pay tribute to the late Louise Slaughter. The longtime Congresswoman, who died March 16 at the age of 88, was remembered for her leadership advancing liberal causes but, as one of the speakers put it, "didn't get into politics to make a name for herself but to make a difference."


U.S. Congress

Funeral services for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter are being held Friday at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and a number of notable political officials will be in attendance.

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While a dispute over halted casino revenue payments continues, lawmakers in the City of Niagara Falls want to have a plan to spend those dollars more smartly, should those casino payments resume in the near future.


U.S. Congress

The speaker list for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s funeral has been announced, and contains some well-known politicians who will travel to Rochester to reflect on Slaughter’s legacy.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Boston

New York’s Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan met privately with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday over a proposed bill to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more access to the courts. The Cardinal remains opposed to a key provision of the measure.

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Candidate for Governor of New York Cynthia Nixon delivered a blistering speech against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who she hopes to challenge in a Democratic primary.


NYS Senate Website

A judge has refused to toss out the charges facing New York's former assembly speaker.

Rep. Louise Slaughter

Calling hours and funeral services are set for longtime Rep. Louise Slaughter, who died last week.

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Actor and public education advocate Cynthia Nixon announced her campaign for governor of New York on Monday. She wants to run in a Democratic primary against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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In the days since actor and progressive activist Cynthia Nixon indicated she might want to run against Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for governor, Cuomo has made a number of public appearances and taken several steps to shore up his political base.


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.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

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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