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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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Two special elections were also held Tuesday, to fill the seats vacated by the two former legislative leaders, who were both convicted of felony corruption and had to resign.

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Erie County Republicans who are backing Donald Trump's presidential bid had plenty to smile about on Primary Night. Trump's local numbers exceeded expectations on a night when nearly half of the county's registered Republican voters came out to vote.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton notched important wins in their respective presidential primaries in their home state of New York on Tuesday night, helping both in their efforts to clinch their party's White House nomination.

In the Republican race, the billionaire real estate mogul sealed a massive victory over his two remaining rivals, sweeping at least 89 of the 95 delegates up for grabs.

The Associated Press reports:

Donald Trump is now the only Republican candidate with any chance of clinching the nomination before the convention.

New York’s presidential primary is in the political spotlight Tuesday. The Erie County Board of Elections says local voting has run smoothly and voter turnout appears to be its highest in years.

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The polls in Erie County had just opened when Paul Migliore and a fellow volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign were pounding signs into lawns outside some polling places in North Buffalo.

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Ahead of New York's presidential primary on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton returned to Buffalo to stump for his wife, Hillary Clinton.  A recent poll released by her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, shows Clinton just six points ahead of Sanders in New York state. 

Different ballots, different rules in New York primary

Apr 18, 2016
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The rules of eligibility to vote in Tuesday's New York Primary differ from the rules in other states. Here, it's open only to registered Democrats and Republicans. Also different are the ballots they'll use. Voters for one of the parties will choose not only  a presidential hopeful but also the delegates.

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz appeared in the Buffalo area Thursday.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley says one of his stops included Charlie the Butcher in Cheektowaga for lunch.

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Local supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz admit he's highly unlikely to win next Tuesday's New York Primary. But they believe he is still capable of grabbing a few delegates from GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz held a town hall meeting in Amherst Thursday. He immediately took on a question about his comment about "New York values" and then drew cheers from the audience of about 300 invited guests when he declared, "we will beat Donald Trump in Cleveland."

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Local supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump are out making door-to-door visits and working the phones in Buffalo, days ahead of the New York Primary. And they're still taking issue with rival candidate Ted Cruz over his "New York values" comment made weeks ago.

Two new polls out before Tuesday's New York presidential primary show Donald Trump the Republican frontrunner and Hillary Clinton leading her Democratic opponent.

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An estimated 8,000 people gave Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders an enthusiastic welcome on the University at Buffalo's North Campus Monday evening. But first, the U.S. Senator from Vermont took time to address an estimated 3,000 people who couldn't get inside Alumni Arena.

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Cory Booker, a U.S. Senator from New Jersey, talked to a small group of seniors in Buffalo on Monday about the upcoming election.

Kasich comes to Rochester

Apr 11, 2016
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There is still time to announce a stop in Buffalo, but Rochester may be the closest Republican presidential candidate John Kasich will come to the local political scene.

Update your calendars. The Trump for President rally at First Niagara Center is moving to Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m., instead of Sunday, April 17.

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Hillary Clinton expressed her faith in Buffalo's future and took some credit for helping spur the city's economic rebound while serving as a U.S. Senator while making a campaign push in downtown Buffalo Friday.

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It's official: Bernie Sanders will campaign in Buffalo. The surging Democratic presidential hopeful will hold a rally at the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena on Monday at 7 p.m.

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Republican frontrunner Donald Trump bring his high-profile presidential campaign to Buffalo's First Niagara Center on Sunday, April 17.

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Not everyone was happy to see former President Bill Clinton in Western New York. Although outnumbered by Hillary Clinton supporters, there were some protestors representing various sides.