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3:56 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Assembly leader calls for special elections to fill vacancies

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he was elections held to fill vacancies in the state Legislature.
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WBFO's Karen DeWitt reports
Some top state lawmakers seem to be changing their minds over whether to call special elections for a growing number of vacancies in the legislature. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver now says he wants voters to pick new legislators to fill 11 vacancies.

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Politics
10:43 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Should Gabryszak legal bills be paid by taxpayers?

Credit Photo from Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's Facebook page

Should the legal bills of former Assemblymember Dennis Gabryszak be paid for by taxpayers? Gabryszak resigned his seat Sunday nearly a month after his former staffers accused him of sexual harassment.

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Politics
4:55 am
Fri January 17, 2014

'The Donald' coming to Buffalo

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump will be making a visit to Buffalo in a couple of weeks for an event hosted by the Erie County Republican Committee.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports on upcoming Trump visit.

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10:09 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Gabryszak resigns

Photo from Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's Facebook page

New York State Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, a Cheektowaga democrat, resigned effective immediately Sunday afternoon.  Gabryszak issued a statement to the media from his attorney's law office.

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Politics
11:02 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Brown says no discussions on Lt. Governor job, but 'never say never'

Mayor & his wife celebrated his reelection in November 2013.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was among the elected officials from across New York who made the trip to Albany for Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address. Considering the City is still digging out from a major storm, could Brown's decision to travel to Albany be a hint of things to come?

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

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Politics
3:43 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Cuomo praises economic comeback in WNY, announces $100 million genomics center

Governor's State of State speech from Albany.
Credit Photo from Governor's Twitter feed

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his fourth State of the State speech from Albany Wednesday afternoon. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo's full 2014 State of the State Address.

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Politics
11:26 am
Wed January 8, 2014

State Assembly session begins with sexual harassment troubles

Credit Photo from Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's Facebook page

There is still no sign of State Assemblyman Dennis Garbryszak, democrat, since seven women have accused him of sexual harassment. Some speculate that he will not appear at the Governor's State of the State address in Albany Wednesday.

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Politics
10:11 am
Mon January 6, 2014

PR expert says Gabryszak needs to break silence

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak
Credit Photo from Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's Facebook page

Sexual harassment allegations continue to mount against Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak of Cheektowaga, but Gabryszak continues to maintain his silence and appears to be in hiding. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, one public relations expert it's time for the lawmaker to step forward.

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Politics
9:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Cuomo faces challenges from the right and left in 2014

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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

2014 is an election year for Governor Cuomo as well as all of the 213 seats in the legislature. Cuomo faces the challenge of balancing competing interests as he tries to win another term by a big margin.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Pridgen elected Common Council president

Rev. Darius Pridgen is the new president of the Common Council.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

By a unanimous vote, Rev. Darius Pridgen has been elected president of the Buffalo Common Council.

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Politics
10:12 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Will 2014 be a year of reform in Albany?

Could 2014 be a year of change in Albany?
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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

2013 saw more state lawmakers indicted, jailed, convicted, and even participating in wiretapping some of their colleagues. The continued corruption spurred Governor Cuomo to appoint a commission to look into the legislature. Will 2014 be the year Albany finally sees reform?

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Politics
10:29 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Gubernatorial possibility Astorino rubs elbows with local GOP

Astorino (l.) with Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Likely Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino was in town Thursday night for the Erie County Republican Committee Christmas party and sending smoke signals to the gubernatorial candidate from 2010, Carl Paladino, that they are on the same page.

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Politics
10:18 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Press Pass: Corporate tax breaks

Investigative Post's Jim Heaney
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

As Buffalo is experiencing a Renaissance of new buildings and projects, many developers are lining up for tax breaks. But Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney is skeptical about the how subsidies will effect Buffalo's tax base. That's in this week's Press Pass conversation with WBFO's Eileen Buckley.

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Lawmakers haggling over election dates

Albany may decide on three elections next year as an underground fight continues over the dates for a primary election.

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Moreland Commission
9:27 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Moreland suit dropped by State Senate Republican Campaign Committee

A dispute between Governor Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Commission and one of its targets was apparently resolved Wednesday.  The State Senate Republican Campaign Committee is dropping a lawsuit that sought to quash a commission subpoena.

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Governor's Race
9:15 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Cuomo 'gratified' by positive poll numbers

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New polls show Governor Andrew Cuomo with a big edge to keep his job as governor.

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Politics
6:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Poll shows Cuomo would trounce Paladino in gubernatorial rematch

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating is the lowest it’s been since he’s been governor, according to a new poll. The Siena College survey also finds many New Yorkers are satisfied with the implementation of the new Common Core standards in schools. 

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Politics
9:45 am
Mon November 11, 2013

State GOP chairman confident heading into 2014

State Republican Chairman Ed Cox
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With all state offices on the ballot next November, State Republican Chairman Ed Cox is seeing great things in this year's election.

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Politics
5:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Press Pass: Post-election -- what's next?

Jim Heaney of Investigative Post
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

As Governor Andrew Cuomo gears up for a reelection run in 2014, will he pluck Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown for his Lt. Governor running mate? In this week's Press Pass , WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Investigative Post's Jim Heaney take a look at the post-election season.

Politics
3:05 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Cuomo wins on casino and judicial ballot amendments

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The success of Proposition Number One, the ballot amendment to expand casino gambling, and the failure of the last amendment, to allow judges to serve until age 80, are both wins for Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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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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11:34 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day 2013: Several local races of interest

Computerized balloting
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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