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Politics
4:26 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Antoine Thompson quits city job, speculation of possible political run

Former Senator Antonie Thompson
Credit WBFO News file photo

Former state senator Antoine Thompson may be running for a seat in the state assembly this year.  Thompson submitted his resignation Friday to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.  Since December of 2012 , Thompson has served as director of the Buffalo Education and Technology Center. 

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Politics
9:59 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Green Party gubernatorial candidate discusses plans to boost NYS economy

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Green Party candidate for Governor says he believes he can win as the only progressive in a three-way race for governor. Howie Hawkins was in Buffalo late last week delivering the message that his plans to boost New York State’s economy that don’t include START-UP NY projects.

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Politics
6:02 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Cuomo, Hochul kick off campaign tour in Amherst

Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul made their first campaign stop at the UAW union hall in Amherst Friday.

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Politics
9:51 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Cuomo, Hochul accept Democratic nomination

New York Democrats have officially made Cuomo/Hochul the 2014 gubernatorial ticket.
Credit Matt Ryan, New York Now

Governor Cuomo was nominated to run for a second term on Thursday along with his freshly chosen running mate, former Western New York Rep. Kathy Hochul.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Cuomo chooses Kathy Hochul as his running mate

Former House of Representatives member Kathy Hochul
Credit WBFO News file photo

Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul has been picked by Governor Andrew Cuomo to be New York's next Lieutenant Governor. Cuomo made the announcement with a video played at the state democratic convention on Long Island, Wednesday.

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Politics
2:03 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Astorino wins Republican nod for governor

Rob Astorino will be on the November ballot as the Republican candidate for New York governor.
Credit Matt Ryan/New York Now

Rob Astorino accepted the Republican nomination for Governor at the state party convention in Westchester Thursday, saying Governor Cuomo hasn’t live up to his promises to improve the state.

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Politics
6:30 am
Wed May 14, 2014

New bill aims to make student loan debt more manageable

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Credit www.gillibrand.senate.gov

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for passage of a bill that would allow college graduates to refinance student loans at a lower rate. The national student loan debt is at roughly $1.2 trillion, surpassing auto loan and credit card debt.

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Politics
3:17 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Local names believed to be on Cuomo's running mate short list

Former Rep. Kathy Hochul could be considered as Andrew Cuomo's lieutenant governor.
Credit File photo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to pick a new running mate now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has decided not to seek another term. Speculation over whom Cuomo may choose includes some familiar local names.

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Politics
9:38 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Lt. Governor won’t seek reelection

Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, past appearance at Rich Products in Buffalo, NY.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

New York State’s Lt. Governor Robert Duffy says he will not be seeking re-election. Duffy, a former Rochester mayor, told WHAM-TV in Rochester that he won’t run with Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Politics
11:23 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Niagara supervisor pleads guilty to official misconduct

Former Town of Niagara Supervisor Steven Richards.
Credit www.townofniagara.com

The former supervisor in the Town of Niagara accepted a plea deal in court Monday morning. Steven Richards, 61, admitted to using town resources and equipment to benefit a family-owned business.

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Politics
9:58 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Proposed bills aim to hold slumlords accountable

Dilapidated homes on Buffalo's east side
Credit WBFO News file photo

Two new pieces of legislation aim to protect homeowners and hold slumlords accountable for their blighted properties in western New York.

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Politics
10:28 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Ford taking leave from mayor's office to deal with alcoholism

Credit File photo

Another chapter is being written in the Rob Ford saga. Toronto's embattled mayor announced late Wednesday that he is taking a leave of absence to deal with alcohol abuse. Ford is stepping away from his duties as mayor and from his re-election campaign, but the question is: for how long?

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Politics
6:30 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Rob Ford undeterred in seeking second term as Toronto mayor

Toronto voters will decide whether Rob Ford deserves another term in office following some high-profile embarrassments.
Credit File photo

Toronto’s controversial mayor, Rob Ford, has officially launched his campaign for re-election, despite a scandal-plagued year. The feisty mayor of Canada’s largest city is sticking with his message of keeping taxes low and fighting for the little guy.

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Politics
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Conference focuses on future storm prep

Hurricane Sandy.
Credit Matthew Kraus / Some Rights Reserved

Governor Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones.

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Politics
4:45 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Moreland fallout continues for Cuomo

A new poll finds that Governor Cuomo is still feeling the fall out from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a  panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal.

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Politics
2:20 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cheektowaga councilwoman running for vacant Assembly seat

Angela Wozniak is running on a platform of ethics reform.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The race for the State Assembly seat formerly held by Dennis Gabryszak has its first contender. Angela Wozniak, a Cheektowaga town councilwoman, declared her Republican candidacy Wednesday.

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New York Governor
10:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Paladino drops bid to woo Trump, will support Astorino

Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino is now throwing his full support behind Republican gubernatorial Rob Astorino. 

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Medical Marijuana
9:37 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Medical marijuana next big issue after lengthy spring break

Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana.  Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers,  but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Poloncarz calls on IDA to address wage inequality

Erie County Officials observe national equal pay day.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Officials in Erie County observed National Equal Pay Day Tuesday. The symbolic day aims to draw attention to the issue of income inequality between working men and women.

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Campaign Finance Reform
8:22 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Comptroller opts out of public finance, saying test program is flawed

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

The state’s comptroller says he won’t be participating in a new pilot public campaign finance program agreed to in the state budget, and government reform groups say, they don’t blame him.

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Lobbying
4:30 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Report shows record lobbying in NYS

A new record has been reached in spending on lobbying in New York, according to a report released by the state’s  ethics commission. It finds over $200 million was spent, mostly by a few top interests, to try to influence government  and policy in Albany.

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Campaign Finance Reform
5:17 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Advocate Says Cuomo Missed Chance to Counter Act Supreme Court Ruling

The U.S. Supreme court decision McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down some campaign donation limits, is expected to have an effect in New York.  Reform advocates say Governor Cuomo and lawmakers missed a key chance this week to counter act the ruling.

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Moreland Commission
5:51 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Moreland panel dismantled as part of new ethics reform deal

Credit File Photo

The recently enacted state budget also marks the end of a commission that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Governor Cuomo agreed to dismantle the Moreland Act panel as part of a deal on ethics reform.

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Gun Rally
5:54 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Thousands rally against NY SAFE Act

Donald Trump addresses gun rally.
Credit Matt Ryan / New York Now

Thousands of gun rights supporters rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday against gun control measures championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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State Budget
5:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Cuomo, legislative leaders celebrate budget grand slam

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics.

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State Budget
8:48 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Budget includes rest of Buffalo billion and road repair funding

State Senator Tim Kennedy

The finalized state budget includes $680 million in capital funds for the so-called Buffalo Billion.

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State Budget
6:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Some controversy surrounds new state budget

Protesters with Cuomo masks rally in Albany
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

Lawmakers were hurrying late Monday to complete work on the state budget before the midnight deadline, but the spending plan is not without some controversy.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Comptroller says public finance plan has serious flaws

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

The state’s Comptroller says test public campaign finance plan that would apply only to his office is “seriously flawed”, and might even be unworkable.

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Early Voting
5:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Albany forum explores election reforms

New York is behind other states when it comes to the issue of election reforms.  A forum will be held in Albany Monday that will explore changes to make voting easier.

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Politics
8:58 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Press Pass: Transformational redevelopment for Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Any type of sustainable economic development has consistently passed over the City of Niagara Falls.  But Mayor Paul Dyster says there are eight big projects in the works and insists there will be changes to boost tourism. 

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