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County democrats find new home

Jan 29, 2013
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The Erie County Democratic Party is moving its' headquarters from the Ellicott Square building to the Larkin district effective in March of this year. 

Mayors from around the state came to complain about Governor Cuomo’s budget, as the first day of legislative hearings on the spending plan kicked off in Albany.

The State Assembly's top Republican is giving good grades to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget for the coming year.

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New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo says the state's new gun law is necessary.  Ryan is a  hunter and showed off his shotgun to reporters at a news conference in downtown Buffalo Wednesday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo doesn't want any more casinos in Western New York and is apparently trying to make peace with the Seneca Nation of Indians.

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Mayor Byron Brown held a fundraiser Thursday night in Buffalo. Brown has not launched his re-election campaign, but the fundraiser is an indication that he is gearing up for another campaign. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was credited for laying out an ambitious agenda by several members of the region's state delegation. Cuomo called for boosting the Upstate economy, expanding casino gaming, and increasing the minimum wage from $7.25-an-hour to $8.75 an hour.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown attended the State of the State address in Albany.  He described Cuomo's speech as "bold and aggressive" and said he believes the governor's call for the toughest gun control laws in the nation is the right thing to do.


Frack opponents hold big rally in Albany

Jan 9, 2013
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About 1,500 protesters demonstrated at Empire State Plaza ahead of Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address Wednesday.

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Western New York's new representative on Capitol Hill has received his committee assignments.  That include chairing a House subcommittee, which is rare for a freshman  lawmaker. 

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When the roll is called in the New York State Assembly, there is a new Republican name on the list -- former East Aurora Mayor and small businessman David DiPietro.

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Former television reporter Stefan Mychajliw has been sworn in as Erie County Comptroller.

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Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins says in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, it's not all about gun control. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to Higgins before he headed back to Washington Monday.

Former state senator Antoine Thompson has a new job.  Mayor Byron Brown has appointed him as executive director of the Buffalo Employment and Training Center.

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The new co- leader of the State Senate, Jeff Klein, says he knows the new coalition of five Democrats and around 30 Republicans will have to prove itself in the coming months and deliver on key pieces of legislation, but he says they stand a better chance of success than if just the Democrats alone were in charge of the Senate.

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A proposed property tax increase was removed in the adoption of the Erie County budget Tuesday night by the county legislature.  Making big cuts in County Executive Mark Poloncarz' proposed spending plan, an alliance of six legislators tossed out the tax increase.

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The leadership fight in the State Senate has been resolved, with a breakaway Democratic faction joining with Republicans to form a new governing coalition that involves sharing the title of Temporary President of the Senate. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is not backing down from his commitment of $1 billion for Buffalo.  The Governor appeared Tuesday before the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

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Political satirist Mark Russell returns to his hometown this Friday night for a performance at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda.

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A union-funded think tank finds that New York has the greatest income disparity in the nation.

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Ralph Nader is pushing for a constitutional amendment to allow government regulation of campaign spending.

The recent election results in Erie County exposed a series of setbacks for local Democrats.  Instead of making the party more unified, long-standing fractures appear to be widening.

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Erie County Legislature Republicans are asking taxpayers to suggest where to cut discretionary spending to prevent a property tax increase. 

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You may think Election 2012 is over, but not at the Erie County Board of Elections.  Not only is the vote count released on Election Day unofficial, it doesn't include thousands of absentee ballots.

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The day after businessman Chris Collins won a seat in Congress, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said he is going to reach out to all of the region's representatives in Albany and Washington.

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Chris Collins is moving onto the status of congressman-elect.

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Barry Snyder Sr. has been elected president of the Seneca Nation of Indians for a fifth time, returning to a post he last held from 2008 to 2010.

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It was also a good Election Day for Western New York's incumbents in the State Legislature.  Only one newcomer will be joining the  delegation in Albany.

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Congressman Brian Higgins easily won his re-election bid Tuesday over challenger Mike Madigan. 

Collins wins; Hochul concedes in statement

Nov 7, 2012
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Republican Chris Collins declared victory in a very close race against democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul in the 27th Congressional District.  The Associated Press declared Collins the winner after midnight -- with 51-percent of the vote to Hochul's 49-percent.   But as WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, Hochul didn't concede until a couple of hours later.

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