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WBFO's Mike Desmond

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is blasting the Trump Administration's federal tax proposal, saying it will cost New Yorkers more than $17 billion.

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Vice President Mike Pence will be coming to Buffalo on October 17. He will be here to support local Republican incumbents and candiates.

Hillary Clinton visits Buffalo, signs copies of new book

Sep 28, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An estimated 1,000 people lined up as early as 8:30 a.m. Thursday to have a brief opportunity to meet the former presidential candidate, Secretary of State and First Lady. Hillary Clinton arrived in Buffalo during the noon hour to sign copies of her book, What Happened, for supporters, many of whom are still stunned by last November's loss.


From former State Senator George Maziarz to former Democratic Party chief Steve Pigeon, a long line of corruption cases with local ties remains unresolved. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says attorneys are taking note of the reversal of the corruption conviction of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. One former prosecutor believes the decision will have a "chilling effect" on future corruption cases.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard held a fundraiser Tuesday at the Deep South Taco restaurant in downtown Buffalo. Dozens of chanting protestors flanked the entrance as ticket buyers arrived.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A Republican federal tax reform plan would be disastrous to homeowners, and to the local economy. That's the assessment of two local Democrats who joined with the representative of a local realtors' group to reject a proposal eliminating a tax deduction that's been in place for more than a century.


New York State Governor's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Puerto Rico, assessing damage after hurricane Maria and bringing some initial supplies to the country. Cuomo spoke just before taking off from JFK airport in a fully loaded plane provided by Jet Blue.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is considering a possible challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for the 2018 governor’s race.


New York State Governor's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is again wading into national issues this week. He’s had a press conference against the latest attempt in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. And he met with the governors of California and Washington to discuss steps to slow climate change.


Though former State Senator George Maziarz is the one facing corruption charges in an upcoming trial, many of the familiar leaders of Niagara County politics could be injured.  In his weekly conversation with WBFO, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says the trial will feature testimony and evidence that could harm some political careers.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

Republicans in the state of New York met for a planning session in Albany on Tuesday in advance of the 2018 campaigns, which will begin shortly.


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As Congressional leaders once again consider immigration reform, some upstate representatives want to make sure they take farmers into consideration.

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Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has been caught on a hot microphone recounting the advice he is giving to President Donald Trump.

Speaking to a colleague, Schumer said he told Trump, "You're much better off if you can sometimes step right and sometimes step left."

The remarks took place on the Senate floor and were captured by C-SPAN. Schumer said Trump "likes me," but it was unclear from the video to whom Schumer was talking.

Sounding pleased, Schumer predicted, "Oh, it's going to work out and he'll make us more productive, too."

Throughout their campaign challenges to Mayor Byron Brown, City Comptroller Mark Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant hammered away at the lack of economic progress in many Buffalo neighborhoods. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes the message resonated but, in the end, Brown's organization and record were good enough to earn a victory in Tuesday's Democratic Primary.


WBFO's Chris Caya

Longtime Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant finished the three-way race in the Democratic primary for Mayor of Buffalo with just 13 percent of the vote. However, Grant said she was proud of the campaign she ran and that she felt like a winner.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Well into the evening on Tuesday, supporters of mayoral candidate Mark Schroeder hoped their guy had a chance to win. Vote totals seemed to take so long to come in. However, by the end of the night, it became clear their candidate had lost.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While many who follow Buffalo politics consider Tuesday night's Democratic primary the race that effectively settled the campaign for mayor, Byron Brown stated he is focusing on winning the general election in November. The incumbent mayor, though, savored his primary win and what many believe is a clear path to his fourth term in office.


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Primary Day has been bringing out voters. Most eyes may be on Buffalo's Democratic mayoral race, but there is also a hotly-contested Erie County Legislature primary, a number of judicial contests and some faceoffs in the suburbs for supervisor and councilmanic seats.

New York State is being sued over the way it purges names from voting rolls.

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Buffalo Common Council members are considering making their seldom-used chambers in City Hall available for other city agencies.

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President Donald Trump's decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, drew swift and strong criticism Tuesday. But a local Republican congressman is sponsoring a bill that, he says, would give the children of those who entered the U.S. illegally a chance to stay permanently.


Siena College Research Institute

There is good news and bad news for Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the most recent Siena College poll.

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Around 600 people turned out on Thursday evening for a town hall meeting with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Buffalo State's Rockwell Hall. The large audience appeared to agree with her on most issues.


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While threats of shutting down the Federal government seem to accompany each passing budget season in Washington, some observers fear President Trump's volatile presence could turn the threat into reality. Southern Tier Republican Congressman Tom Reed, however, believes such talk is little more than speculation.

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The Larkin Square Author Series and talking Leaves Books announced Monday that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be appearing September 28th in Buffalo for a book signing.  However, as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us there will be some limits and restrictions for fans who want to meet the former presidential candidate up-close.


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An investigation of Rep. Chris Collins has moved to the House Ethics Committee, after a review by the Office of Congressional Ethics. The person who filed the original complaint against the Clarence Republican said this shows there will be a deeper dive into the congressman's investments.

A left-leaning group is asking the state’s top politicians to give back donations from a hedge fund manager who made racially charged comments against New York’s only black female legislative leader. But so far, most — including Gov. Andrew Cuomo — have held on to the money.


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Former presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be traveling to Buffalo late next month.  Clinton will be conducting a book signing at Larkin Square on Thursday, September 28th at 12:30 p.m.  It will be presented the Larkin Square Author Series and Talking Leaves Books.

WRVO's Tom Magnarelli

Central New York Republican State Sen. John DeFrancisco has been traveling around upstate meeting with members of his party to discuss the possibility of him running for governor next year. DeFrancisco said there is discontent with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on both sides of the aisle.

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With the primary in less than three weeks and the November general election soon after, political campaigns are heating up. The two candidates for Erie County Sheriff are making strong complaints about each other.

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