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3:27 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Buffalo native confirmed as Labor Secretary

Thomas Perez

Despite tough opposition, a Buffalo native has been named to serve as the next Secretary of Labor. The senate voted 54-to 46 today confirming Thomas Perez after a four month-long fight over President Obama's nominee.

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5:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Past Moreland Act Commission fell short

Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared at UB recently discussing the Moreland Commission
Credit WBFO News file photo

Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission to investigate the legislature is not the first time a Governor created a penal to probe state lawmakers. In fact, Cuomo’s own father did it a quarter century ago, with mixed results.

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9:28 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Cuomo appoints commission to probe the Legislature

Governor Andrew Cuomo prior to announcing the Moreland Commission Tuesday in Albany, NY
Credit WBFO News photo provided by Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined forces with the State’s Attorney General to create a commission with wide ranging powers to investigate corruption in the state legislature.

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9:58 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Collins reacts to sweeping immigration reform bill

Congressman Chris Collins discussing the Senate's Immigration Reform Bill during a Buffalo stop at the waterfront
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A historic immigration reform bill was passed by the U.S. Senate late Thursday afternoon. If approved in the House, citizenship would be provided to 11 million immigrants already living in America illegally.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on reaction from Congressman Chris Collins on Immigration Reform bill.

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10:20 am
Wed June 26, 2013

First sign casino money could be in lawmaker's campaign funds, says advocate

Casino slots
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When state lawmakers approved a bill to permit new gambling casinos in the final hours of the legislative session, they left something out.  A provision to ban campaign contributions to legislators from gambling corporations did not end up in the final version.

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5:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Mayor Brown says campaign ad is 'completely appropriate'

Northeast District police chief Kimberly Beaty holds up a sign that says "progress" for Mayor Brown's reelection video
Credit Photo from Mayor Brown's reelection Website

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says his new campaign video ad is "completely appropriate".  The mayor made his comment one day after his republican opponent lodged accusations against the ad. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asked Mayor Brown about his campaign ad.

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9:45 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Governor wants Peace Bridge expansion ‘done right’

Peace Bridge in Buffalo
Credit WBFO News file photo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's trying to come up with "an amicable resolution" to the dispute over the Peace Bridge. Cuomo met with high ranking Canadian officials in his New York City office for several hours Saturday. During a visit to Buffalo Monday, Cuomo told WBFO's Chris Caya negotiations are ongoing.

WBFO'S Chris Caya presses Governor Cuomo on the fight to get the Peace Bridge expansion completed in Buffalo.

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9:01 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Press Pass: Investigative Post reviews Peace Bridge dispute

Investigative Post's Jim Heaney at WBFO.
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It's unclear if this weekend's meeting between Governor Cuomo and the Canadian Ambassador to the United States will bring a resolution to the ongoing feud involving the Peace Bridge Authority. Both parties had little to say about the talks, though they did report some progress on the matter.

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9:06 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Cuomo's agenda in danger as session wanes

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Credit WBFO News file photo

There’s three days left in the legislative session, and chances are dimming for a settlement on an abortion rights provision in a women’s equality act, and for reform of campaign financing and other anti-corruption measures. 

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4:15 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Cuomo's poll numbers hit new lows

Credit File photo

The recent spate of legislative scandals in Albany appear to be taking a toll on Governor Cuomo. A new poll from Siena College find Cuomo's ratings among registered voters are at their lowest level since he took office.

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10:12 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Cuomo says talks with Canadian officials continue

Peace Briddge
Credit WBFO News file photo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for major changes at the Peace Bridge Authority, but won't commit to signing a bill to take over the New York side of the bridge.

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10:11 am
Mon June 17, 2013

NYS legislative session nearing its end

State Assembyman Sean Ryan
Credit WBFO News photo

The 2013 legislative session in Albany is supposed to come to an end later this week, but there's no guarantee.

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Developing
9:26 am
Fri June 14, 2013

State and Senecas settle casino dispute

Seneca Nation president Barry Snyder & Governor Cuomo sign agreement
WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

The long stalemate between the Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State over casino gambling has been settled.

WBFO'S Chris Caya reports on how the agreement will give the city of Niagara Falls much needed cash.

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4:17 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Cuomo stumps for public trust act

Governor Andrew Cuomo in Buffalo
Credit Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

As a recent poll shows his job approval rating dropping, Governor Andrew Cuomo hit the road Wednesday to campaign for his Public Trust and Campaign Finance Reform Bill. The governor admitted aspects of his plan are unlikely to pass this session.

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9:48 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Confidential records left exposed could lead to fines

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw
Credit WBFO News file photo

Erie County could face millions of dollars in fines if the federal government determines that the county disclosed confidential records.


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12:24 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Member of Native American community warns of possible Thruway demonstration

Past protests against New York State by Seneca Nation of Indians near Thruway
Credit Photo from Let's Talk Native Web

A local member of the Native American community is warning of a possible demonstration against the governor's proposed casino in Western New York.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with John Kane, host of Let's Talk Native.

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Politics
9:39 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Cuomo proposes casinos, one in WNY

Inside the Seneca Niagara Casino & slots machines
Credit WBFO News file photo

Governor Andrew Cuomo released a bill to authorize three new gambling casinos in upstate New York, if the legislature agrees to his plan and overs approve it in the fall.

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4:58 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Poll: NY voters think Silver should step down

New York voters are growing increasingly dissatisfied with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the poll finds.
Credit File photo

A majority of New York voters say Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should step down from his position of power because of the way he handled a recent scandal.

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Politics
11:44 am
Tue June 4, 2013

NYS SAFE Act shifts to election season

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard stands at Monday night's meeting on SAFE Act
WBFO News by photo Mike Desmond

The fight against New York's new gun control law is shifting into the political arena as gun rights supporters say they will run candidates against state legislators who voted for the law.

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11:25 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Press Pass: Election law reforms & mayor race

Recent rally for campaign finance reforms outside Buffalo's City Hall
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Election law reform, and specifically revamping the financing of elections, is gaining momentum with various groups in Albany.

WBFO's Chris Jamele and Artvoice Editor Geoff Kelly sort through those issues on this week's edition of Press Pass.   The also examine Bernie Tolbert's candidacy for mayor.


Politics
8:16 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Congressman, Consul Work to End Peace Bridge Authority Dispute

Peace Bridge
Credit WBFO

Congressman Brian Higgins and Canadian Consul General John F. Prato have weighed in on the US-Canada dispute among members of the Peace Bridge Authority.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Legislature leader Mazur won't run for re-election

Legislature Majority Leader Thomas Mazur

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Thomas Mazur announced his future retirement Friday. Mazur, a Democrat, will step aside from his 7th District seat when his current term expires on December 31.

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9:17 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Citizens groups demand campaign finance reforms in Albany

Citizens rally for campaign finance reform
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Citizen groups continue putting pressure on Albany to clean up campaign financing. The rally cry was "people not profit" in front of Buffalo's City Hall Thursday.

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5:05 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Hundreds rally for stalled public campaign finance bill

Hundreds rallied on the Million Dollar Staircase at the state Capitol.
Credit Karen Dewitt/WBFO News

Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday to rally for public financing of political campaigns. The measure remains in limbo in the State Senate and Governor Cuomo faces questions on whether he is working hard enough for the proposal to pass.

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10:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

County Democrats endorse Brown for mayor

Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner endorses Byron Brown for his mayoral reelection bid
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

There was Democratic amity last night, as the party's Executive Committee overwhelmingly endorsed Mayor Byron Brown for another term.

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9:08 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Fracking Not Currently in NY's Economic Development Plans

Credit WBFO New's file photo

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who still has not issued a decision on whether hydro fracking should be allowed in New York,  is backing further away from the controversial gas drilling process in his economic development plans for the future. 

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Politics
9:17 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Local GOP leader says Silver should go

Erie County Republican party chairman Nick Langworthy
Photo from Erie County Republican Party Facebook page

Erie County's Republican party chairman says democratic State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should go in the wake of the burgeoning sex scandal in his legislative house.


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9:02 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Kearns leaves Democratic caucus, calls on Silver to resign speakership

Assemblyman Michael Kearns (D-Buffalo)

Western New York Assemblyman Michael Kearns says he is quitting his Democratic conference based on the way Speaker Sheldon Silver handled the scandal involving disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

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State Government Corruption
5:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Pressure mounts for Speaker Silver's removal

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver under fire
Credit WBFO News File Photo

The scandal enveloping Brooklyn State Assemblyman Vito Lopez could have wider implications.  Lopez is resigning from the Assembly Monday in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.  But as WBFO's Mark Scott reports, there are growing calls for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to step down.

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Politics
6:29 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez

NYS Assemblyman Vito Lopez
Photo from NYS Assembly Website

The Legislative Ethics Commission released a report on the sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez. It finds Lopez violated the public officers law and engaged in “willful and prolonged mistreatment” of his female staff.

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