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As Gov. Andrew Cuomo presents his budget for the next fiscal year Tuesday, a prospective Republican challenger says legal marijuana is a key way to ease the state's fiscal crisis.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking at the annual Martin Luther King Day event at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, mocked Republican senators who said they can’t recall President Donald Trump uttering a vulgarity during a meeting at the White House on immigration.


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Five candidates are now competing for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Chris Collins in the 27th congressional district after Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray and political activist Joan Elizabeth Seamans announced their candidacy this past week.

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Part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week was an expansion of his shared services plan. That’s a push by the state to get local governments to be more efficient to ease property tax burden. However, the New York Association of Counties thinks the governor needs to look in the mirror.

The 2018 election season is beginning, but state Republicans are still trying to settle on a strong candidate to challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants to seek a third term.

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The leader of the Independent Democrats in the New York Senate denies that he forcibly kissed a former staffer and says he intends to remain as leader of the breakaway Democratic faction.

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The Green Party in New York has offered up its own State of State address, with a series of ideas the party says will push the state forward.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State speech, floated the idea of converting the state income tax to a payroll tax to help reverse the new federal law that limits deductibility for state and local taxes. Many support the concept, but businesses say it is not so easy to make the change and it could bring unforeseen complications.

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This year will be one of criminal trials for former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as the former leaders of the New York State Legislature. Reform groups say they hope the lengthy court proceedings will spur lawmakers to enact some ethics reforms in 2018.

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It was a mix of generational change and backroom politics Thursday, as the Erie County Legislature reorganized after an election that put Democrats in charge.


Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the New York State Legislature met Wednesday to hear a very long State of the State message about the issues affecting their political perspective and their districts.

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Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra says he is running be the Republican candidate for governor against Andrew Cuomo.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address on Wednesday, kicking off a challenging year of budget deficits and re-election races.

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Erie County Legislature Patrick Burke is throwing his hat into the ring for New York State Assembly. Burke officially launched his candidacy Tuesday for the 142nd District. 

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Incoming Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa says his town has a great research university, two other colleges and no Wi-Fi in Town Hall. Just one of a lot of big and small issues to deal with in 2018.

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The Albany investigation that led to the forced resignation of Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger is just the first stage of Erie County looking to prevent a repeat.

The new year dawns with political storm clouds bearing down on New York lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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One of the more prominent Republican contenders to run for New York Governor against Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo this year has decided he won’t be a candidate after all.

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New Williamsville Mayor Daniel DeLano says there is work to do in the village - and he is ready to take it on. DeLano was officially sworn in Friday morning, replacing Brian Kulpa, who takes over as Amherst supervisor on Monday.

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Al Dirschberger has gone from Erie County Social Services commissioner to a "person of interest" in a potentially criminal Albany incident involving a subordinate.

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Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns is urging Albany to push back a deadline to renew tens of thousands of gun permits, as required by New York State's SAFE Act.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not officially announced a candidacy for a third term, but has told everyone he is planning to run next year.

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With flowers and speeches, the Erie County Legislature Thursday went through one of the annual rituals of elective politics, saying goodby to departing members. WBFO was there as Legislators Betty Jean Grant and Ted Morton attended their final meetings.

2018 might finally be the year that Democrats regain control of the state Senate. But they face a number of obstacles, and Republicans aren’t ready to give up any time soon.

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A name familiar to local sports fans has entered one of the country's most high-profile political races.

With a projected multibillion-dollar deficit and looming federal changes that could cost the state billions more, the biggest obstacle in the upcoming 2018 legislative session will be balancing the state budget.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she will not be silenced by President Donald Trump. Gillibrand made her comments during an appearance in Cheektowaga late Friday morning. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there as Gillibrand met with reporters. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a female journalist did "a disservice to women" for asking what his administration was doing to confront sexual harassment in state government. Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer says he is "pursuing every legal path" against whoever circulated a forged document accusing him of sexual harassment.

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The Erie County Board of Elections is starting to move back into its offices in downtown Buffalo, well over a year after a fire roared through its West Eagle Street building.

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There’s now one official candidate running for governor of New York in 2018, and that’s the Assembly’s Republican leader, Brian Kolb.


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