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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was among the elected officials from across New York who made the trip to Albany for Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address. Considering the City is still digging out from a major storm, could Brown's decision to travel to Albany be a hint of things to come?

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his fourth State of the State speech from Albany Wednesday afternoon. 

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There is still no sign of State Assemblyman Dennis Garbryszak, democrat, since seven women have accused him of sexual harassment. Some speculate that he will not appear at the Governor's State of the State address in Albany Wednesday.

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Sexual harassment allegations continue to mount against Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak of Cheektowaga, but Gabryszak continues to maintain his silence and appears to be in hiding. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, one public relations expert it's time for the lawmaker to step forward.

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2014 is an election year for Governor Cuomo as well as all of the 213 seats in the legislature. Cuomo faces the challenge of balancing competing interests as he tries to win another term by a big margin.

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By a unanimous vote, Rev. Darius Pridgen has been elected president of the Buffalo Common Council.

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2013 saw more state lawmakers indicted, jailed, convicted, and even participating in wiretapping some of their colleagues. The continued corruption spurred Governor Cuomo to appoint a commission to look into the legislature. Will 2014 be the year Albany finally sees reform?

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Likely Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino was in town Thursday night for the Erie County Republican Committee Christmas party and sending smoke signals to the gubernatorial candidate from 2010, Carl Paladino, that they are on the same page.

Press Pass: Corporate tax breaks

Dec 16, 2013
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As Buffalo is experiencing a Renaissance of new buildings and projects, many developers are lining up for tax breaks. But Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney is skeptical about the how subsidies will effect Buffalo's tax base. That's in this week's Press Pass conversation with WBFO's Eileen Buckley.

Albany may decide on three elections next year as an underground fight continues over the dates for a primary election.

A dispute between Governor Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Commission and one of its targets was apparently resolved Wednesday.  The State Senate Republican Campaign Committee is dropping a lawsuit that sought to quash a commission subpoena.

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New polls show Governor Andrew Cuomo with a big edge to keep his job as governor.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating is the lowest it’s been since he’s been governor, according to a new poll. The Siena College survey also finds many New Yorkers are satisfied with the implementation of the new Common Core standards in schools. 


With all state offices on the ballot next November, State Republican Chairman Ed Cox is seeing great things in this year's election.

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As Governor Andrew Cuomo gears up for a reelection run in 2014, will he pluck Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown for his Lt. Governor running mate? In this week's Press Pass , WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Investigative Post's Jim Heaney take a look at the post-election season.

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The success of Proposition Number One, the ballot amendment to expand casino gambling, and the failure of the last amendment, to allow judges to serve until age 80, are both wins for Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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For the first time in 35 years, the Republicans will have outright control of the Erie County Legislature.  It was one of several big victories for the local GOP in Tuesday's elections. 

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It’s Election Day 2013.  Voters in Erie County began casting ballots at 6 a.m. Tuesday when the polls opened. Several races are taking center stage, including the race for Buffalo Mayor, Erie County Sheriff and Erie County Comptroller.

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New Yorkers will decide Tuesday whether they want to allow seven new gambling casinos in the state.

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Republican Sergio Rodriguez says if elected Mayor of Buffalo, he will create a Public Advocacy office.

State Board of Elections officials received a verbal drubbing from commissioners on Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission during a lengthy hearing over their failure to pursue complaints about campaign violations during the past several years.

A week from Tuesday, voters across New York State will decide on a proposed amendment to authorize up to seven casinos in the state.

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The three candidates for Erie County Sheriff debated the issues Tuesday morning at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.

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The partial federal government shutdown has ended after Congress Wednesday night voted in favor of a new deal.  The vote also prevented a default.  But Western New York Congressional leaders from both sides of the isle are not pleased with this plan.

Though Election Day is fast approaching, much of the political news that revolves around speculation on a race for next year: the governor's race. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy talked with WBFO Tuesday morning about the latest political developments and rumors about the lieutenant governor's post.

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Will the state’s Lieutenant Governor, Robert Duffy, run again with Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014? Neither man has said definitely that the two will be together on the ticket next year. 

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Even though the number of registered Democrats outnumbers Republicans in Erie County, fewer are heading to the polls to cast their vote.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney about his story "Disappearing Democrats."

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New legislation recently signed into law amends the state’s land bank initiative introduced by the Cuomo administration in 2011.

A new poll finds language on a ballot amendment to portray the expansion of casino gambling in positive light is working and the measure is gaining support among potential voters.


It appears the Democratic candidate looking to unseat the current Erie County Comptroller has had some tax trouble.