Political news

WBFO News file photo

Any type of sustainable economic development has consistently passed over the City of Niagara Falls.  But Mayor Paul Dyster says there are eight big projects in the works and insists there will be changes to boost tourism. 

WBFO File Photo

Donald Trump will not run for governor of New York this year.

File photo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's focused on working with legislative leaders on finalizing a new state budget by the April 1st start of the new fiscal year.

Kennedy says state will help with blizzard aftermath

Mar 12, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

New York State has declared a State of Emergency for all of Western New York and parts of northern Central New York. The action comes after the National Weather Service officially declared a Blizzard Warning in Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Monroe, Livingston, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego and Wayne counties.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke in Amherst Monday afternoon as part of Daemen College’s new Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series.

Photo provided by the Egrui campaign

Another candidate has entered this fall's congressional race in New York's 26th District. Buffalo businessman Emin "Eddie" Egriu announced his campaign on the City's East Side Monday afternoon.


A top Republican county official from New York City's northern suburbs is officially launching his uphill fight to unseat Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Protests in Ukraine began late last year with hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians taking to the streets to rally against corruption and police violence in the country. Congressman Brian Higgins says the violence happening there is a complicated matter.

WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

In his State of the County address Wednesday night, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling for an 'War on Poverty', saying something needs to be done to deal with the issue that is effecting children in school to seniors who are fiscally on the edge.  The county executive  delivered his address from the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library in downtown Buffalo.

Press Pass: Investigative Post examines RINOs

Feb 24, 2014
WBFO News file photo

We're talking about RINOs in this edition of Press Pass. Investigative Post's Jim Heaney looks at the campaign contributions made by Buffalo School Board member and former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino.

WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivered his 9th annual State of the City address to a huge crowd at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Friday afternoon.

WBFO News file photo

The blow-back continues over Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to give convicts a free college education. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - legislation will be proposed on Capital Hill to bar Cuomo from funding the program with federal tax dollars.


Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Rochester Thursday.  He stopped by the Eastman Business Park to give a regional budget presentation and to announce a $3 million grant for a new Bioscience Manufacturing Center. 

WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Common Council could weigh in Tuesday afternoon on secret talks federal officials reportedly had about removing truck traffic from the Peace Bridge.

Eileen Elibol / WBFO News

Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump has provided a preview of what a Trump-for-governor campaign might look like.

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump will be in the Buffalo area Friday night as he continues to explore a run for governor this year. 

The former secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert James Nicholson will be in Buffalo tonight. The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo selected Nicholson as the keynote speaker of the "Making a Difference Dinner." Nicholson is the former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and former chair of the Republican National Committee. 

WBFO will air State of the Union speech

Jan 28, 2014
WBFO News file photo

WBFO will carry NPR's live coverage of President Obama's State of the Union speech and the Republican Response Tuesday at 9 p.m. NPR's Melissa Block will host cover and will be joined NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

Google Image

Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for a ban on the use of welfare cash cards at strip clubs, liquor stores and in casinos.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone is taking Governor Andrew Cuomo to task over recent remarks regarding conservatives in New York State. Governor Cuomo made the remarks Friday, January 17, 2014 during an interview on the radio program Capitol Pressroom heard on WBFO week nights at 8 p.m.

WBFO News file photo

The Republican gubernatorial candidate from four-years ago says he wants Donald Trump carrying his party's banner this year. 

WBFO News photo

Members of the Western New York delegation offered reaction Tuesday to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget plan.

File photo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is beginning 2014 with high numbers, according to the latest Siena College poll.

Press Pass: Government transparency

Jan 20, 2014
WBFO News file photo

It has become more difficult in recent years for reporters to obtain timely information when applying for Freedom of Information requests. Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney says he often hits road blocks when conducting research for stories.

File photo

Some top state lawmakers seem to be changing their minds over whether to call special elections for a growing number of vacancies in the legislature. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver now says he wants voters to pick new legislators to fill 11 vacancies.

Photo from Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's Facebook page

Should the legal bills of former Assemblymember Dennis Gabryszak be paid for by taxpayers? Gabryszak resigned his seat Sunday nearly a month after his former staffers accused him of sexual harassment.

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump will be making a visit to Buffalo in a couple of weeks for an event hosted by the Erie County Republican Committee.

Gabryszak resigns

Jan 13, 2014
Photo from Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's Facebook page

New York State Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, a Cheektowaga democrat, resigned effective immediately Sunday afternoon.  Gabryszak issued a statement to the media from his attorney's law office.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

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?

Photo from Governor's Twitter feed

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