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Buffalo, NY – The President and Vice President sat in Kittinger made chairs from Buffalo during Tuesday's Inauguration.

Kittinger received a letter last month asking the company to make two Presidential fireside chairs and a small wine table. The chairs match six chairs made by the company in 2005 used during the Bush Inauguration ceremony. Kittinger says it was very happy that Western New York had such a meaningful part in this Historical event.

Buffalo, NY – The inauguration of the nation's first African-American president touched people. WBFO invited listeners to share some of their thoughts about this historic event.

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Washington, DC – WBFO's Doug Blakely traveled to Washington yesterday for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Doug spent hours standing in the cold, just to catch a quick glimpse of the new president in the inaugural parade.

Mark Scott reached Doug on his cell phone to find out how it went. Click the audio player above to hear the interview now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.

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Amherst, NY – The historic Inauguration spans the generations. At the Weinberg Campus in Amherst, residents watched and celebrated the Obama Inauguration and offered some advise for the new President.

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A small group of Buffalo State College students will be among the masses gathering at the National Mall for the Obama Inauguration. The group left for Washington Monday morning.

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Washington, D.C. – Hundreds of thousands gathered at Washington's Lincoln Memorial Sunday to celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration as the first African American President. The entertainment included a mega-star line up including U2, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen.

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Buffalo, NY – A group of Buffalo Public School students will be attending the Inauguration of Barack Obama on Tuesday. About 50 students from Bennett High School and School 31 in Buffalo will be boarding a bus early Monday morning.

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Buffalo, NY – Kittinger Furniture in Buffalo has been hard at work making some special pieces for the inauguration of Barack Obama. It is not the first time the company has built custom furnishings for the White House. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley visited the Kittinger warehouse and files this report.

Buffalo, NY – Congressman Chris Lee has landed a seat on the influential Financial Services Committee in the US House of Representatives.

Congressman Lee admits he was hoping he'd be named to this committee. With Wall Street in collapse and foreclosures on the rise, Lee says the Financial Services panel is likely to be quite busy in the coming year.

Washington, DC – Republican Chris Lee was sworn in Tuesday as the new representative of the 26th congressional district.

Lee says his first priority is passage of an economic recovery package that spurs growth while providing tax relief to working families.

Lee is a freshman member of the minority party in the House. Despite the lack of political clout, Lee challenged his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to control federal spending. He says Washington needs to "stop treating federal responsibility like an after thought."

Buffalo, NY – Erie County Executive Chris Collins says he would prefer to see a Western New Yorker selected to fill Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate seat. Reporters asked Collins how he felt about Caroline Kennedy's Upstate tour that included Buffalo last week. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley has his reaction.

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Buffalo, NY – Caroline Kennedy ended an Upstate tour in Buffalo Wednesday. Kennedy confirmed that she informed Governor David Paterson that she would be interested in succeeding Hilllary Clinton if she gets confirmed as the next Secretary of State. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley was there when she arrived at City Hall to meet with Mayor Byron Brown.

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Buffalo, NY – The office of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is expected to announce the winners of Inauguration tickets Monday.

Schumer says after receiving thousands of request for tickets to the historic event, he conducted a lottery. He says he received 100,000 requests for Inauguration tickets within the first two weeks of the election of Barack Obama. But Schumer says despite representing 19 million people in New York State he was issued only 395 tickets to the Presidential Inauguration.

Buffalo, NY – Governor David Paterson has been consulting with a "wide variety" of individuals about the next Democrat to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has talked with Paterson. But Schumer is remaining tight lipped about their discussions.

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Buffalo, NY – Messages of encouragement, support and love are being compiled into a book for Michelle Obama. The Uncrowned Queens, based at the University at Buffalo, has received well wishes from across the globe for the soon to be First Lady.

Buffalo, NY – Governor David Paterson will have more than a month to choose a successor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her office announced Monday that she will not resign her Senate seat until she is confirmed as Secretary of State.

Paterson issued a statement saying he will not make his choice until the seat is actually empty.

Buffalo, NY – If Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's is confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of State, it will be up to Governor David Paterson to name her replacement.

As we have reported over the past couple of weeks, Congressman Brian Higgins and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown have already been mentioned as possible replacements. But Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Len Lenihan says there are other potential replacements the Governor could consider who represent downstate.

Buffalo, NY – Two Buffalo Democrats are being mentioned as possible replacements if U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton accepts a post with the Obama Administration. The names of both U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown have surfaced.

Buffalo, NY – A University at Buffalo sociology professor suggests that President-elect Barack Obama's role as the father of young daughters will influence the decisions he makes when he's in the White House.

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Buffalo, NY – Young voters turned out in high numbers for last week's Presidential election. According to the tally, voters ages 18 to 29 exceeded the 2004 election. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to a couple of students who voted in their first Presidential election.

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Buffalo, NY – The headline of the Buffalo News Wednesday said it all - HISTORY - in bold caps. But anyone who wanted to archive this piece of presidential history had to hit the paper stands early.

WBFO's Joyce Kryszak has more on the historic sellout on post-election day. Click the audio player above to hear Joyce Kryszak's story now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.

Amherst, NY – The ten year Congressional career for Tom Reynolds of Clarence will come to a close this January. Once a very powerful Republican in Washington, Reynolds is now ready to retire.

A very relaxed Congressman Reynolds bounced from television to radio interviews Tuesday night. A much different scene from his re-election bid two years ago where he was whisked away from reporters refusing to answer any questions from the media after his win.

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Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he and his son, Byron Jr. shared text messages as the Nation's first black President was elected Tuesday night.

Mayor Brown says he believes Obama painted a vision of hope and opportunity for the nation that voters responded to. He says Obama won a tremendous victory. But Brown says while it is an emotional and inspiring time for African Americans, he believes Obama win is far reaching.

Buffalo, NY – Republicans are hanging on to the House seat held by retiring Congressman Tom Reynolds. Businessman Chris Lee defeated Democratic Alice Kryzan in a bitter race in the 26th Congressional District. Republicans also celebrated some State Senate wins.

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The Ellicott Square Building downtown erupted in cheers Tuesday night as local Democrats celebrated the historic win of the first African American president of the United States.

Buffalo, NY – Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States after an historic election that saw a huge voter turnout and a shift in power to the Democratic Party.

Joining Howard Riedel Wednesday morning to provide some analysis was UB Political Scientist James Campbell. Click the audio player above to hear the interview now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.

Buffalo, NY – On the eve of one of the most historical election in U.S. history volunteers in Buffalo worked to get out the vote.

Buffalo, NY – The vast majority of incumbents seeking re-election to Congress or the State Legislature in Western New York are expected to win today. But there are a handful of competitive local races as well.

Buffalo, NY – After nearly two years, the long presidential race comes to a close today. Throughout the campaign, we've been touching base from time to time with U-B Political Science Professor James Campbell. He is a nationally-recognized analyst on presidential politics.

Buffalo, NY – U.S Senator Charles Schumer says as the Presidential race heads into the final hours, you can never get over confident. The democratic senator is a supporter of Barack Obama.

Senator Schumer says anything could happen on election night. That was his reaction when WBFO News asked him just how confident he is about a win for Obama tomorrow.

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