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Erie County Legislature
11:34 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Republicans take control of Erie County Legislature

"Majority Maker" Ted Morton, 8th District winner
Credit Photo by Mark Scott

For the first time in 35 years, the Republicans will have outright control of the Erie County Legislature.  It was one of several big victories for the local GOP in Tuesday's elections. 

WBFO'S Mark Scott reports on Tuesday's Republican victories.

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Developing
11:34 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day 2013: Several local races of interest

Computerized balloting
Credit WBFO News photo

It’s Election Day 2013.  Voters in Erie County began casting ballots at 6 a.m. Tuesday when the polls opened. Several races are taking center stage, including the race for Buffalo Mayor, Erie County Sheriff and Erie County Comptroller.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Casino referendum to determine future of NY gambling

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New Yorkers will decide Tuesday whether they want to allow seven new gambling casinos in the state.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Rodriguez says city needs a Public Advocate

Sergio Rodriguez says a public advocate will help alleviate citizens' "lack of faith" in city government.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Republican Sergio Rodriguez says if elected Mayor of Buffalo, he will create a Public Advocacy office.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

BOE officials grilled at corruption commission hearing

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.

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Politics
10:05 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Native American John Kane skeptical of state-run casinos

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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Politics
9:26 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Sheriff candidates debate at St. Joe's

Dunn, Dobson, and Howard (l. to r.) engaged with St. Joe's students in a debate Tuesday at the school.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The three candidates for Erie County Sheriff debated the issues Tuesday morning at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.

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Politics
12:17 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

WNY Congressional leaders not pleased with short-term debt plan

WNY Congressional leaders Brian Higgins & Chris Collins.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

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.


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Politics
11:20 am
Tue October 15, 2013

McCarthy: A WNYer at Cuomo's side?

Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy

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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Politics
5:35 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Will Lt. Governor Duffy be on the 2014 ticket?

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy
Credit File photo

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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Politics
5:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Press Pass: Fewer democrats head to polls; Tainted waters at Gallagher Beach

Jim Heaney, Investigative Post
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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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Politics
1:24 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Change in land bank law designed to fill more vacant properties

Vacant property
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New legislation recently signed into law amends the state’s land bank initiative introduced by the Cuomo administration in 2011.

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Politics
2:45 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Poll finds support for pro-gambling language in ballot amendment

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.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Comptroller candidate says he has paid IRS back taxes

Credit facebook.com/PeopleForGaughan

It appears the Democratic candidate looking to unseat the current Erie County Comptroller has had some tax trouble.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Primary wins appear to be locked up for Dobson, Miller-Williams

Democrat Richard Dobson will move on to face incumbent Sheriff Timothy Howard in November.
Credit File photo

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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Politics
12:51 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Hamister hotel project will move forward in Niagara Falls

Proposed project for downtown Niagara Falls, NY.
Credit Hamister Group

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

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Politics
12:22 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Buffalo’s Latino mayoral candidate vs. incumbent mayor

Incumbent Mayor Byron Brown and Republican opponent Sergio Rodriguez.
Credit WBFO News file photo

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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Politics
9:45 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Press Pass: Primary winners look to November

WBFO'S Chris Jamele & Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly in studio.
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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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Politics
10:31 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Mayor Brown defeats Tolbert in democratic primary

Incumbent Mayor Byron Brown declares victory in the 2013 Democratic Primary against opponent Bernie Tolbert. Brown is joined by his wife Michele and son Byron Jr.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

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

WBFO'S Chris Caya reports on the Brown victory.

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Agriculture
5:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Proposed legislation expected to boost apple production in NYS

Wendy Oakes-Wilson and Darrell Oakes
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

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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Developing
9:06 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Primary 2013: Election results

Stage is set for results at The Metropolitan Banquet Center in Buffalo for Bernie Tolbert
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

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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Politics
4:14 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Primary Day 2013 features contests for Buffalo Mayor, Erie County Sheriff

Byron Brown, Sergio Rodriguez and Bernie Tolbert debate the issues
Credit WBFO News photo by WNED photographer Eileen Elibol

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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Politics
10:22 am
Mon September 9, 2013

East Side senior citizens want to be on City Hall’s radar screen

Seniors gather at their housing citizen complex on Jefferson Avenue.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

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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Politics
5:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Lt. Governor reacts to Unshackle Upstate's tax reform plan

The state capitol in Albany, NY.
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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 Democrats
10:11 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Zellner claims illegality on part of rival PAC

Democratic Chair Jeremy Zellner

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

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Politics
11:51 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Analyzing the styles of the mayoral candidates

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.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Demonstrators picket on a range of issues

Protestors rally across from UB's Alumni Arena
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

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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Politics
6:19 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

President could be Buffalo bound

President Obama's first visit to Buffalo in May of 2010.
Credit WBFO News photo taken by Will Ingalls

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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Politics
9:10 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Optimism high for turning around Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls
Credit WBFO News file photo

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.

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Politics
6:35 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Ethics commissioner quits as panel meets behind closed doors

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.

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