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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joe Percoco, is waiting to find out whether he will be convicted of bribery and other charges as a jury continues to deliberate in federal court. Government reform groups say regardless of the verdict, the trial highlighted some questionable but legal practices in New York that they say taint the governor’s reputation and need to be fixed.

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Special license plates to raise money for armed guards in schools are part of a package of legislation passed by the Republican-controlled New York State Senate.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing changes to the state's parole system to help formerly incarcerated individuals adjust to life outside prison walls.

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The spending deal passed on Capitol Hill last month, which was implemented hours after a previous federal spending deal expired, is set to expire on March 23. Senator Minority Leader Charles Schumer has stated the deal the reached with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a good one for the middle class. But a local congressman is concerned about the government's increased spending and increasing debt.


New York State has moved its fall 2018 primary election date back two days so it does not interfere with the anniversary of 9/11 or the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

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A former New York State Senator who was once one of the most powerful people in Niagara County politics will no longer face trial for five election law violations. By pleading guilty Friday to a misdemeanor count, George Maziarz will also avoid the possibility of jail time, instead paying a $1,000 fine.

There is going to be more transparency in Erie County government under a new ethics law approved Thursday by the Legislature.


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Victims of childhood sexual abuse are hoping that the #MeToo movement will help them enact the Child Victims Act in New York. The measure extends the statute of criminal and civil limitations for victims beyond the current age of 23 to age 50 and adds a one-year look back window to file civil suits.


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Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra says he is dropping out of the Republican race for New York State governor and will run as an independent instead. 

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Democrats in the State Senate tried to force a vote on gun control legislation in the State Senate, to put Republicans on the spot over some GOP Senators’ resistance to the bills.


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Congressman Brian Higgins, when pressed about the gun control debate, suggested lawmakers need to hold formal hearings in order to come up with a smart, reasonable and genuine response to gun violence.

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Congressmen Chris Collins and Brian Higgins have jointly signed a letter to a federal government agency, urging action on a plan to expand and improve the US plaza at the Peace Bridge. While the Peace Bridge Authority backs the federal lawmakers, at least one Buffalo Common Council member has now expressed concerns for the acquisition of land Higgins says will be needed.


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The Libertarian candidate for Governor says while he’s concerned about school shootings, he still thinks  New York’s gun control laws, known as the SAFE Act, should be repealed. Larry Sharpe spoke with  WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt.


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Jurors in the bribery trial of a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo may begin deliberations as early as next week.

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As some of Buffalo's difficulties flow across the city line to the suburbs and some of the wealth from the suburbs flows into the city, Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Poloncarz are trumpeting their cooperation on issues like poverty, affordable housing and lead poisoning.

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Mayor Byron Brown is scheduled to deliver his 12th State of the City address Thursday afternoon, in what he says will be another rallying call for "revitalization and opportunity" in Buffalo.

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Two federal lawmakers who represent Western New Yorkers are praising the Florida high school students who have spoken up and demanded change following a mass shooting Feb. 14 in Parkland. Both were asked about their latest thoughts about the gun violence debate, including whether new legislation banning more powerful firearms is in order.


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Democrats in the New York state Senate say they will push harder for gun control bills in the wake of the Florida shooting that left 17 dead and are even considering proposing the measures as hostile amendments.


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New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, was officially nominated for re-election Friday at a meeting of the State Democratic Party in Albany, where she said she will serve out her entire six-year term if she wins the race in November.


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An increasing number of states over the past few years have looked into legalizing marijuana. Now there is a chance pot could be removed from the list of controlled substances.

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Pet stores in New York State would be prohibited from buying dogs or cats from puppy mills and other large commercial breeding facilities under a new proposal in the state legislature.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is putting $7 million into his 30-day budget amendments to fund poll sites for early voting in New York by the 2020 presidential race.


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Just one month after enjoying his highest approval ratings in his current term, Governor Cuomo's numbers turned downward in the latest Siena College Poll. The same survey also shows most voters are still not familiar with those looking to unseat him in November.


Republican gubernatorial hopefuls debate in Amherst

Feb 10, 2018
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Three candidates seeking the Republican nomination to run against Governor Andrew Cuomo this fall appeared in Amherst Saturday morning, where they took turns taking shots at the incumbent and his policies, including the Buffalo Billion.

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Republicans are seeking political advantage in the federal corruption trial of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide.


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In the midst of a national debate on immigration, the New York State Assembly this week passed a bill to give children of undocumented immigrants access to financial aid for college.


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Testimony at the trial of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, has highlighted some practices inside the governor’s office that government reform groups say is at the very least questionable, and possibly even illegal.


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Democrats who control the New York Assembly say they will again pass legislation that would provide state college financial aid programs to students without legal status.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order that bans all New York State agencies and authorities from conducting business with companies that tolerate or promote discrimination.

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The bribery trial of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, begins its third week in federal court Monday. Cuomo has not commented on the proceedings and has instead been busy focusing on other topics.


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