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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.

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Erie County Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr says based on this week's canvass of the primary election, it is "highly improbable" there will be any change to last Tuesday's results.

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After months of sparring, a proposed $25.3 million mixed-use project will move forward.

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Byron Brown rolled over his opponent Bernie Tolbert in last week's Democratic primary race, but the mayor still faces opposition in the November election. 

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Local primary elections were held last week with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown scoring a convincing win in his party battle with Bernard Tolbert. Area Democrats still can't rally behind such a victory to bring two opposing factions together and the ripples from this discord are making waves in other contests, as well.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has emerged victorious in the Democratic primary against opponent Bernie Tolbert.

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During the heart of apple picking season lawmakers in the House of Representatives are considering a bill that aims to simplify the federal tax regulations governing the hard cider industry. The CIDER Act will also allow cider-makers, including those in upstate New York, to retain more of that natural apple flavor in their products.

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Primary 2013: Polls closed at 9 p.m. Tuesday.  Voter turnout was reported to be light by the Erie County Board of Election Democratic Commissioner Dennis Ward. 

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It is Primary Day 2013 across New York State. In Erie County polls opened for voters at 6 a.m. Among the races of note are Democratic primaries for Buffalo Mayor and Erie County Sheriff.

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On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls in Buffalo to cast ballots the democratic mayoral primary race. On the eve of the primary, WBFO's Eileen Buckley reached out to some senior citizens who live on the city's East side to discuss the mayoral race.

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Unshackle Upstate released its new five-point Economic Revitalization Agenda, Tuesday. Executive Director Brian Sampson says the tax reform proposal includes plans to reduce the income tax rate by 25% for people making $50,000 a year or less.

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Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner says a rival party faction has violated state election law, and he wants an investigation. 

All three Buffalo mayoral candidates will be facing off Tuesday evening in a WBFO & WNED-TV debate. Incumbent Democrat Byron Brown will face off against Democrat Bernie Tolbert and Republican Sergio Rodriguez. WBFO's Eileen Buckley explores their campaign styles with a Buffalo State political science professor.

Demonstrators picket on a range of issues

Aug 23, 2013
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More than a dozen protestors rallied outside in a gated area across from Alumni Arena Thursday. Demonstrators were calling on the president to change his stance on a multitude of issues. The majority of protestors were there to urge the President to ban the controversial gas drilling practice known as hydrofracking.

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Word circulated Monday that President Barack Obama could be Buffalo-bound next week. Several newspapers and other media outlets are reporting that the President is planning to conduct an bus tour of four Upstate cities, including Buffalo and Eastern Pennsylvania. 

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There is a great deal of optimism for a better Niagara Falls after large check arrived Wednesday. The Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State delivered back payments of millions of dollars in casino revenues to Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca. Niagara Falls received $89 million.

The state ethics commission met Tuesday and spent most of its time in a private session, as a key appointee of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver resigned from the board.

Press Pass: Freedom of the Press

Jul 29, 2013
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The rights of journalists have taken center stage since the revelation that the National Security Agency has been monitoring who reporters are talking to. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley speaks with Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney about how a journalist's rights could be in jeopardy.

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New York today enters into the sixth year of a defacto moratorium on whether to allow hydrofracking in the state. Business and industry groups are expressing dismay over what they say is too long a delay.

Buffalo native confirmed as Labor Secretary

Jul 18, 2013

Despite tough opposition, a Buffalo native has been named to serve as the next Secretary of Labor. The senate voted 54-to 46 today confirming Thomas Perez after a four month-long fight over President Obama's nominee.