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Six area Assembly members have banded together to call for the resignation of Speaker Sheldon Silver, following his arrest on Thursday on corruption charges. They say the business of the people is at stake.

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under arrest and $3.8 million in eight different bank accounts held by Silver have been seized as federal prosecutors accuse the Speaker of running two fraudulent and corrupt schemes.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrested on corruption charges

Jan 22, 2015
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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges and accused of using his position as one of the most powerful men in Albany to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered a powerful 40-minute eulogy for his late father, saying the three-term governor never abandoned his beliefs even if it meant facing political consequences.

Cuomo says NY leads nation by example

Jan 1, 2015

Andrew Cuomo is kicking off his second term as New York's governor, saying he was doing so "at a uniquely New York moment" when some things seem at their worst. 

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The 113th Congress ended with lawmakers receiving one of the lowest job approval ratings. Political battles and partisan bickering and gridlock created a dismal 2014 session.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to one local congressman about moving beyond the wall that divides lawmakers. 

Cuomo to deliver inaugural addresses in NYC and Buffalo

Dec 28, 2014
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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo will start off the new year by delivering his second-term inaugural address, not once, but twice on New Years Day.

Rep. Louise Slaughter has survived the closest race of her political career.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is deflecting blame for not doing more to get Democrats elected Tuesday.

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The 2014 Election is in the books.  WBFO's Jay Moran talked with Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy about the winners, losers and what to expect going forward.

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Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has won a second term by defeating Republican Rob Astorino

Collins wins, applauds Republican gains

Nov 5, 2014
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After a hard fought close race two years ago, Representative Chris Collins sailed to victory in the 27th Congressional district which spans eight counties. Collins is looking forward to having Republicans in control of Capitol Hill. 

Polling location in Buffalo opens late

Nov 4, 2014
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Voters were turned away from Unity Church at 1243 Delaware Avenue Tuesday morning. The polling site opened after 7 a.m., because three inspectors did not show up.

Election Day 2014 will bring an end to several heated contests here in Western New York and across the state.  Political Analyst Michael Haselswerdt looks at the governor's race and the battle over the 60th State Senate Seat among other challenges.

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The polls have opened for Election Day 2014.  Many eyes are on the race for the Governor's mansion, but there are a few other contests to watch as well today.

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It is three gubernatorial candidates in three days, with Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins rallying a small group of supporters on Sunday at the Buffalo Teachers Federation headquarters.

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Governor Cuomo is dismissing claims that his office contributed to a state commission’s failings to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. WBFO asked Cuomo about a new controversy Friday during the governor’s visit to Niagara Falls for a get-out-the-vote rally.

The mood at the event held at the Como Restaurant on Pine Avenue was upbeat, with Cuomo running mate Kathy Hochul urging  nearly 200 supporters to get to the polls Tuesday.

Reporter reviews Reed/Robertson debate in Olean

Oct 30, 2014

The 23rd Congressional race has been marked by negative attack ads. That acrimony, however, was not on display Wednesday night when the candidates, Republican Congressman Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Martha Robertson, debated at Olean High School.

Higgins, Weppner debate at St. Joe's

Oct 29, 2014
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A debate between Democrat incumbent Rep. Brian Higgins and Republican challenger Kathy Weppner took place at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Wednesday morning. The candidates are vying for the 26th Congressional District seat.

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Election Day is next week and along with the various races voters will decide, three state propositions are also on the ballot. The one that has garnered the most attention is Proposition 1, which would change the way the redistricting process is done in New York.

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The candidates in the competitive race for the 60th State Senate seat took part in a three-way debate Thursday night. Along with considerable mudslinging, some key issues were discussed.

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Four candidates for New York governor squared off in a debate last night from the WNED|WBFO studios. Afterward, the debate's moderator, WBFO News Director Brian Meyer, and one of its panelists, New York Public Radio Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt, talked about what they saw and heard during the hour-long forum.

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Four candidates for New York governor took the stage Wednesday night from downtown Buffalo in the only gubernatorial debate of the 2014 election season.

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Government corruption and Common Core took center stage during Wednesday night's gubernatorial debate in the WNED|WBFO studios. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the two major party candidates took repeated jabs at one another during the one-hour debate.

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Ahead of the gubernatorial debates, protestors gathered outside of the WBFO-WNED studios.  The crowd was heavy with ant-fracking, pro-clean energy mantras, and just as weighted with chants for Second Amendment rights – those mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo.

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Before the gubernatorial candidates started volleying debate points, citizens were volleying protest slogans.  Outside of the WBFO-WNED studios, shouts for second amendment rights – mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo – were just as loud as chants against fracking for natural gas.

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Outside of an after-party for his supporters, Governor Cuomo explained that he wanted last night’s gubernatorial debate to take place in Buffalo to show his commitment to Western New York. 

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Four of the candidates running for Governor of New York will be participating in a debate originating from Buffalo at the studios of WNED|WBFO. It will be shown on public television and heard on public radio tonight. It’s the only debate agreed to by Andrew Cuomo and his challengers.

McCarthy previews gubernatorial debate

Oct 22, 2014
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Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy will be one of the panelists who will be asking questions of the candidates during tonight's gubernatorial debate at the WNED/WBFO studios. He shared some thoughts on what to expect during a conversation this morning on WBFO.

McCarthy reviews local Congressional races

Oct 15, 2014

In sharp contrast to 2012 when Chris Collins ousted incumbent Congresswoman Kathy Hochul in a hard fought battle, the local 2014 Congressional races aren't likely to present similar drama. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, the closest race may be for the seat currently held by Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed.