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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.

Convictions prompt calls for change in Albany

Dec 14, 2015
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Following the recent convictions of two former legislative leaders, New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senator Timothy Kennedy says more needs to be done to protect taxpayers. Meanwhile, the head of a government watchdog group suggests the time has come to curb potential conflicts-of-interest by making state legislators full-time employees.


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Senator Charles Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo are actively pushing for ways to stop terrorism by calling on the federal government to put further restrictions on gun sales.

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The second of the state legislature’s two former leaders has now been convicted on multiple corruption charges after a jury lost no time in finding former Senate Leader Dean Skelos and son Adam guilty on all eight counts.


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As part of the 2017 general elections, voters in New York State will have the chance to decide whether the state is due for a constitutional convention. The state's second in command is urging the public to get informed ahead of that vote.


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The chairman of the Erie County Republican Party says he thought Tuesday night's GOP presidential debate was "outstanding."


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Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz cruised to victory Tuesday over his Republican challenger Ray Walter, earning a second four-year term as Erie County Executive.

Some hotly contested races are on the ballot today, including elections for Erie County executive and Niagara Falls mayor.


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The two commissioners of Erie County's Board of Elections are offering mixed thoughts on the anticipated turnout for Election Day 2015.


Schumer & Schumer urge passage of tougher gun legislation

Oct 30, 2015
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Senator Charles Schumer is a rather influential person in his own right. But he's hoping the popularity of his closest Hollywood connection - his own cousin - can help boost support for a bill he says will keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.


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Less than a week before Election Day, the challenger for Erie County Executive is accusing the incumbent of lacking a comprehensive road repair plan. The incumbent, though, says not only is a plan in place, but road spending is up over the previous administration.


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Next week’s election of Speaker of the House is all but a formality, according to Congressman Chris Collins.

Local Democrats to host Clinton fundraiser November 10

Oct 23, 2015
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Local Democratic Party leadership is confirming that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in Buffalo early next month to attend a fundraiser supporting her presidential campaign.

Both parties say Biden decision benefits them

Oct 22, 2015
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The men who chair Erie County's two major political party committees typically clash on the issues. But they share the opinion that Vice President Joseph Biden's decision not to run for the White House  benefits their respective eventual nominees.


Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he will not be a candidate for president in 2016, sparing Democrats from a shake-up in the race for the White House and removing a potential stumbling block for Hillary Clinton.

The vice president's decision comes after a long, and very public, struggle with whether or not to make a third run for the White House. Overcome with grief after the death of his eldest son, Beau, in May from brain cancer, at many times Biden seemed far from ready for the rigors of the campaign trail.

Erie County Executive candidates debate at St. Joe's

Oct 20, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The candidates for Erie County Executive again met face to face on campaign issues, this time in front of hundreds of students inside St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore, which hosted its 31st annual debate.


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It represents a spending increase of less than one percent from the previous budget year and holds the line on property tax rates. But the 2016 budget proposal released Thursday by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz still raises questions and concerns by some.

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The race for Erie County Executive heated up Wednesday night in the WNED|WBFO studios with a debate between incumbent Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz and his opponent, Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter. Among the many issues debated were Child Protective Services, taxes and last November's snow removal response.


With tonight's televised debate, the contest for Erie County Executive is expected to heat up. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy, one of the debate panelists, says until now the contest had been a "sleepy race."


Two local congressmen chime in on House Speaker search

Oct 14, 2015
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It's the job that no Republican member of Congress seems in a hurry to take: Speaker of the House. Two local members of the House of Representatives, one from each party, are hoping that lawmakers can soon reach consensus, for different reasons.


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The son of late conservative icon Jack Kemp talked about presidential politics and the state of the GOP during a visit to Buffalo Monday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have ended their funding feud regarding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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With the dilapidated Central Terminal on Buffalo's East Side as a backdrop, the Republican candidate for Erie County Executive, Ray Walter said, he will revitalize poor communities by creating "Growth and Opportunity Zones."


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Speaker John Boehner's resignation was met with "stunned silence" by his fellow Republicans - according to Congressman Chris Collins.

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A new poll finds Governor Cuomo’s campaign for a phased in $15 an hour minimum wage is resonating among his base group of supporters. The Siena poll also finds the governor’s job approval rating is still at near record low levels.

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