Finance questions are going unanswered inside the Congressional campaign of Republican David Bellavia.
Best known for his service in the Iraq War and previous unsuccessful runs for office, Bellavia is on pace to meet Chris Collins in a Republican Congressional primary for the chance to face Kathy Hochul in November.
According to the Buffalo News, the Federal Elections Commission has questioned four separate issues in Bellavia campaign finances, but have yet to receive satisfactory responses.
Republican Newt Gingrich may be down and out with respect to his poll numbers and campaign war chest, but there was no sign of it while stumping in Buffalo Friday.
Gingrich appeared during the noon hour at the Ellicott Square Building. Buffalo businessman, lawyer and former republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino warmed up the estimated 250 to 300 in attendance.
When the former congressman from George, former Speaker of the House, stepped to the podium, he immediately paid homage to the late Western New York Congressman Jack Kemp.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter met with reporters today at the University at Rochester Medical Center to update her status after suffering a broken leg following a fall in New York City earlier this month.
Slaughter says she is undergoing painful rehabilitation, but she has targeted a return to her Washington office by early next month. She says she expects to stay in the hospital for the next week-and-a-half while spending about three hours a day in physical therapy.
The Congressional career of Chris Lee ended suddenly and in disgrace. It also ended with significant funds in his political coffers.
Lee resigned his seat last year after shirtless photos of him were published by the Gawker news blog. Lee is now closing out his campaign committee and will be donating more than $14 thousand to the Food Bank of Western New York.
Republican Senatorial candidate Wendy Long was in Buffalo on Saturday, espousing her views for a reformed tax code.
Long is a Manhattan attorney, pursuing her party's nod to contest Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in this year's election. Long emphasized the need for a simpler and fairer tax code. She denounced raising taxes on millionaires. She also called for the end of tax loopholes and a cap on taxes for business owners and employers.
Long is being challenged for the GOP nod by two other candidates.
An announcement scheduled for later today will disclose that a Buffalo-based healthcare provider will be participating in the Medicaid Health Homes program.
Senator Tim Kennedy will be at the Urban Family Practice on Niagara Street in Buffalo to introduce the state program that will ensure that health care services are available for underserved communities.
Funding for the program was approved in the state budget.
Investigative Post.org. is reporting that Buffalo Common Council Majority Leader Demone Smith’s campaign committee has failed to pay more than $1,800 in judgments filed by the state Board of Elections.
WBFO and AM-970’s Eileen Buckley talks with the Investigative Post's Jim Heaney. Heaney said a week after Smith’s wife pleaded guilty to fraud charges, Smith is dealing with his own legal issues.
Rick Santorum's announcement today that he is suspending his Republican presidential campaign leaves only frontrunner Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul in the GOP sweepstakes. Gingrich and Paul are no longer considered factors in the race for the nomination.
University at Buffalo political scientist James Campbell told WBFO News he was not surprised at today's announcement.
GOP presidential primary candidate Newt Gingrich is scheduling a stop in Buffalo next month.
Gingrich will be in town on April 20th for a day long visit, attempting to drum up votes and money for the state's primary in that month. Local developer Carl Paladino is among those assisting with arrangements for the visit.
Gingrich is expected to address area business leaders and supporters at the Buffalo Club.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of the state Senate and Assembly today announced an agreement on a $132.6 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts Sunday.
The budget would increase spending by two percent while expanding economic development and jobs programs and providing some protections for the poorest New Yorkers and immigrants. The agreements include a 10 percent increase in the welfare grant in June. Cuomo wanted to delay half of the increase because of the state's slow economic recovery.
Republican former Erie County Executive Chris Collins has officially thrown his hat into the ring for the 27th Congressional District race.
Collins made the announcement on Saturday in an interview with the Buffalo News. Should Collins survive a June primary against fellow Republican David Bellavia, he would face incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul in November.
Collins suffered a stinging defeat in his re-election bid for County Executive to Mark Poloncarz. In a special election, Hochul upset Jane Corwin, a Republican candidate, who was heavily supported by Collins.
Michael "Mickey" Kearns, the South Buffalo Common Council member, is basking in victory one day after his unexpected landslide win over Christopher Fahey for the vacant 145th State Assembly District seat. Kearns will head off to Albany on Thursday.
Mayor Byron Brown congratulated Kearns, his former mayoral challenger, while meeting with reporters Wednesday.
"It was a very hard-fought campaign between two candidates that worked very aggressively. The people have spoken," said Mayor Brown.
Voters in the 145th State Assembly District will be heading to the polls Tuesday for a special election.
Two democratic candidates from South Buffalo area vying to fill the seat left vacant by former Assemblyman Mark Schroeder -- South District Common Council member Michael Kearns and Chris Fahey, staffer to Congressman Brian Higgins.
Both recently participated in a Webcast debate hosted by the Buffalo News. Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer joined his colleague political reporter Bob McCarthy asking the questions.
Three candidates will be on the ballot in the Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Kirsten Gillibrand. New York City attorney Wendy Long received the most votes in Friday's convention in Rochester with around 47%, followed by Congressman Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, who both received just over the 25% required to avoid seeking petitions. Long, a New York City attorney who is originally from New Hampshire, says she has many similarities with Gillibrand.
Legislative leaders are crafting a constitutional amendment to create a bi partisan panel to draw new legislative and congressional district lines after the next census in 2020.
Talks have centered on a 10 member panel, five Democrats and five Republicans, appointed by the majority and minority parties of the legislature, with appointees coming equally from both parties in the legislature.
New York has the highest tobacco taxes in the country, inhaling more than $1 billion a year. That's why cigarettes cost $11 a pack.
The lion’s share of that money goes into the state’s general fund. According to a coalition of anti-smoking advocates, including the Cancer Society and American Heart Association, only four percent of smoking tax proceeds are spent on the state’s Tobacco Control Program. The fund aims to educate New Yorkers about the health risks associated with smoking or chewing.
Super Tuesday for republican candidates is now history. Mitt Romney emerged as winner after a close race with rival Rick Santorum.
Newt Gingrich places third with Ron Paul trailing behind the republican candidates.
WBFO and AM-970’s Jay Moran had three conversations Wednesday morning with University at Buffalo Political professor James Campbell, associate professor Joshua Dyck and Erie County Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy.
Each provided their perspective on Super Tuesday’s outcome.
Plans to build a new Eric Community College (ECC) building at its North Campus in Amherst have drawn steady criticism over the past year from opponents who argue the project would perpetuate suburban sprawl.
Competing redistricting plans -- written by the State Senate and Assembly -- ready for submission to a federal judge could greatly alter the representation of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's 28th district.
The plans have yet to be made public, but the Buffalo News is reporting that Buffalo and Niagara Falls would be removed from Slaughter's district, as part of a shift that would bring her closer to Rochester.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won Tuesday's Republican presidential primary in Florida. Romney rebounded from his defeat ten days ago in South Carolina, taking a major step toward the GOP nomination. But UB Political Scientist James Campbell says the race is far from over.
WBFO's Mark Scott reached Campbell on the phone Tuesday night for his analysis of the Florida primary.
Mitt Romney is pledging to "go back to work" as the Republican presidential campaign shifts to the next primary state in South Carolina. Romney easily outdistanced the field Tuesday in the nation's first primary in New Hampshire.
WBFO's Mark Scott reached UB Political Science Professor James Campbell his analysis.
The Buffalo Common Council has elected new leadership.
Lovejoy District lawmaker Richard Fontana has been elected to serve as Common Council president, knocking out long-time council president David Francyzk.
Lawmakers voted in favor of Fontana to serve as next council president.
“Having worked with and looked up to many Council Presidents, it is a sincere honor to be elected by my colleagues to the office. A strong, independent, and proactive legislative branch of government is and always has been my vision for the Common Council," said Fontana.
Although the Erie County Executive's office was open to the public on Sunday following Mark Poloncarz's oath of office, Tuesday was his first official day in his new job. Poloncarz marked the occasion by signing and issuing five executive orders.
The very first order he signed begins the process of finding legal assistance as Erie County prepares to negotiate a new Ralph Wilson Stadium lease with the Buffalo Bills. The current deal with the football team ends later this year.