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The presidential campaign trail will find its way into the Empire State in just over a month. But some are already anticipating local campaign stops, especially one by the Republican primary front-runner.

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State Senator Marc Panepinto will not seek re-election in the 60th District, even after securing the Democratic Party's endorsement for another term.

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The attorney representing a local New York State Assemblywoman issued a written response on her behalf Thursday to the sanctions placed on her following a sexual harassment complaint filed by a top aide.

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Just hours before the Erie County Executive was set to deliver his State of the County Address, the county's top fiscal watchdog issued a warning that the county overestimated sales tax revenues for 2015 and could see a serious budget problem if it doesn't curb spending in 2016.

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An Assemblywoman from Western New York has been sanctioned by the Assembly ethics committee on charges she sexually harassed a male staffer.


Federal Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will be in Buffalo Tuesday, speaking to a meeting on job training and minority job placement in Bennett High School. The local native is being spoken about as a possible vice presidential running mate for Hillary Clinton.

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On Sunday, Senator Charles Schumer urged major landline and mobile phone carriers to make robocall-blocking technology available to consumers.

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New York State's Republican leaders have wrapped up their state convention in Buffalo, officially nominating Wendy Long as their candidate to face US Senator Charles Schumer in November.

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Two challengers in the race for Erie County District Attorney are taking aim at the Acting DA, charging that the latter's proposed reforms to the county's Code of Ethics smack of hypocrisy.

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Proposed changes to Erie County's Code of Ethics were the topic of discussion by members of the Legislature's Government Affairs Committee, who had questions for the Acting District Attorney who is recommending them.


Donald Trump's presidential campaign got its first endorsement Wednesday from a sitting member of Congress and that congressman represents parts of Western New York.

Cuomo pushes paid family leave during Buffalo visit

Feb 17, 2016
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This year's legislative agenda will be about "a fight for fairness for New York's working families." So said Governor Andrew Cuomo while pitching for paid family leave during a visit to Buffalo on Wednesday.

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Former Tonawanda Town Justice John Flynn has gained the official backing of the Erie County Democratic Committee in his run for District Attorney.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Reform advocates, most voters and Governor Andrew Cuomo want to help clean up scandal-scarred Albany by prohibiting the state's 213 legislators from making serious money on the side.  But the most recent financial filings show most lawmakers already get by without substantial outside income.

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The 2016 New York State Republican Convention will be held in downtown Buffalo.

On Sunday, Senator Charles Schumer urged his three-point federal plan that will help contain the Zika Virus outbreak.

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On Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo released a proclamation regarding four vacant government seats.

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Local supporters of Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders took to the streets of Buffalo’s Elmwood Village on Saturday afternoon. Close to 400 people of all ages are estimated to have shown up to hoist signs, hear local campaign leaders, and have their own voices heard.

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For those involved in politics, this is a very busy year, not just because this is a presidential election year, but also because there is a presidential primary vote April 19.

Governor Andrew Cuomo received a bit of good news just two days before he is to give his State of the State address. The governor and his office have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the premature closing of an ethics commission.

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On Sunday, Governor Cuomo announced the "Right Priorities" initiative as the 13th proposal in his 2016 agenda. Cuomo says it will generate reformation for incarcerated individuals and help at risk youth find jobs to keep them away from the criminal justice system.

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In the days leading to Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address, he continues to release details of his 2016 agenda.

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On Saturday Governor Andrew Cuomo accompanied by other state and Syracuse officials gathered at the New York State Fairgrounds to mark the beginning of site renovations.

On Saturday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the 11th proposal of his 2016 agenda.

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New York State's first-ever Hispanic mayor is serving in a near-by local community. Dunkirk Mayor Wilfried "Willie" Rosas took the oath of office last week after he won a landslide victory last fall.  But he faces major challenges to turn around economic development. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke to Mayor Rosas who will be recognized by Governor Andrew Cuomo at next week's State of the State Address.

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A state ethics investigation has determined that a former assemblyman from western New York mistreated and harassed female employees and abused his office by using state resources for his re-election campaign.

Paladino urges New York Republicans to back Trump

Dec 28, 2015
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While the New York Primary is just under four months away, local businessman, Buffalo School Board member and former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is encouraging Republicans to back Donald Trump's presidential bid now.

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He never considered himself a politician, even while serving two terms in office. Now, fulfilling a promise to his wife not seek a third term, Anthony Caruana is quietly ending his run as Town of Tonawanda Supervisor, a run that had plenty of achievements but little to no serious controversies.

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Campaign finance, legislative positions, and public trust in government are likely to be among the topics Governor Andrew Cuomo will bring up in his upcoming State of the State address.

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Though New York’s next gubernatorial election is more than three years away, 2010 republican candidate and Buffalo Public Schools Board Member Carl Paladino may be laying the groundwork for a second run.