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A former Erie County Democratic Committee chairman and longtime local political operative faces nine counts in an indictment unsealed this morning in State Supreme Court. G. Steven Pigeon pled not guilty to all counts, which include bribery, rewarding official misconduct and a grand larceny charge.

  

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On Sunday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a hotline that will reduce and resolve a number of election day problems.

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LPCiminelli has sued Erie County for what it says was bid-rigging in awarding the construction contract on Erie Community College's new STEM building. The dispute prompted county legislators to send the contract back to committee for review.

Business leaders, particularly those in upstate New York, say the recently concluded 2016 legislative session was the worst for small businesses in quite some time.

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As members of Congress debated Monday evening on four gun bills - none of which were expected to pass - a Western New York lawmaker suggested there is common ground Democrats and Republicans may find, if they're willing to identify and act against the "real enemy." As Republican Tom Reed sees it, it's not the guns.


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Are you a Bernie Sanders supporter who loathes the thought of backing Hillary Clinton? Perhaps you're a Republican who can't bring yourself to pick Donald Trump? The Libertarian Party believes there are plenty of you out there, and are sending a message: our candidate and platform have plenty to offer both your camps.


A lot of sports for young people could be very different in the near future, with a county concussion training mandate expected to come down as early as next week.


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The legislature was closing down on an end of session  deal that would strip convicted lawmakers of their pensions, extend mayoral control of New York City schools for one more year and legalize Daily Fantasy sports gambling.


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Members of the Erie County Legislature quizzed County Attorney Michael Siragusa Thursday afternoon about public dollars spent on outside legal advice regarding a part-time job pursued by one legislator. The County Attorney insists there was no prodding by the County Executive's office to seek a legal opinion, but Republicans on the Legislature aren't buying it.


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With the State Legislature set to end its session on Thursday, State Senator Patrick Gallivan is hoping his proposed terrorist registry bill - which was passed by his peers - will come up for a vote in the Assembly.

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There are only three more days left in the legislative session and lawmakers are talking with Governor Andrew Cuomo about a number of bills, but keeping details close to the vest.


The assemblymember who represents Hoosick Falls is calling for a federal investigation after revelations that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration knew about elevated levels of a toxin in the village’s water for a year and a half before residents were warned.

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During his Thursday stops in Western New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo fielded questions about issues still pending in the State Legislature, which is scheduled to conclude its current session next week. Cuomo has his wish list of items but questions whether lawmakers are sincerely interested in tackling them.


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On the eve of Tuesday's presidential primaries, before she had officially clinched enough delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, national media were declaring Hillary Clinton the presumptive winner of that party's nod. But Bernie Sanders supporters, including a Buffalo campaign organizer, say as long as he's still in the race, they're still behind him.

A number of Republicans are expressing concerns over the latest controversy involving presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump. Among them is Rep. Tom Reed, whose district covers the Southern Tier.

A retired Air Force colonel who helped prosecute Saddam Hussein has joined the growing list of candidates looking to become Erie County's next district attorney. 

Kennedy urges Albany peers: get our jobs done

Jun 1, 2016
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With less than three weeks remaining in the current state legislative session, one local representative has a message for his Albany peers: do not be sidetracked by an ongoing probe, and get our work done.


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Saying he wants to change what he sees as a culture of corruption and overspending in the office, former Assistant District Attorney Mark Sacha has his sights set on becoming Erie County’s top legal watchdog.

Governor Cuomo has released a bill on closing a loophole that allows for unlimited big money donations to candidates. The LLC loophole has played a key role in the federal corruption trials of both former leaders of the legislature, and may be a factor in the ongoing federal probe of the governor’s economic development projects.


Silver can wait to report to prison

May 19, 2016
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A judge says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can wait until late August to report to prison.

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With his former top aide facing a federal probe for potential conflicts of interest for consulting work, Governor Andrew Cuomo has said twice now that he did not know what the former close associate of the Cuomo family was up to. Percoco left state service earlier this year for a job at Madison Square Garden.

But it turns out that the governor had not one, but two ways to know if his current or former top aides have any business deals that could present an ethical conflict.


Former Senate leader Skelos, son to be sentenced

May 12, 2016

Another disgraced New York power broker is facing sentencing in a political corruption case.

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The Cheektowaga Assemblywoman sanctioned following a sexual harassment complaint filed by a top aide has decided not to run for re-election.

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One predicts the party membership will eventually come around, while the another suggests his candidate can win without establishment support. But two local Republican congressmen are urging their GOP peers to end their reluctance and get behind the party's presumed presidential nominee, Donald Trump.


Donald Trump is the apparent GOP presidential nominee after his two remaining rivals ended their White House bids.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his campaign Wednesday evening in Columbus. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race Tuesday night after a disappointing loss in Indiana.

The rapid moves in the past 24 hours bring to a close a wild GOP primary season that leaves the one-time unlikely candidate as the party's apparent nominee.

The Indiana voters shook up the presidential race Tuesday night, with Ted Cruz ending his campaign after a disappointing loss to now-likely GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders also bounced back after a string of primary losses with a surprise win over Hillary Clinton. But the Democrat's 5-point win still won't be enough to close the yawning gap between the two.

Cruz exit clears the way for likely Trump nomination

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The sentence handed down Tuesday to former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver drew quick reactions by two local lawmakers, both of whom called for a serious effort to reform ethics in Albany.


New York’s restrictive voter access rules came under scrutiny during Tuesday’s Presidential primary. And some are saying there’s a need for changes.

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Now that the winners of the New York Primary have been determined, leaders of both major political parties will focus on preparing a roster of delegates for their respective national conventions.


Paladino on NPR critical of government

Apr 20, 2016
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Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino was interviewed by NPR's David Greene on Morning Edition Wednesday morning heard on WBFO. 

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