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A congressional probe of Rep. Chris Collins says there is "substantial reason" to believe the Clarence Republican may have been involved in insider trading on an Australian biotech stock, a violation of federal law.

New Yorkers have the power on Nov. 7 to decide whether some state officials convicted of a felony should be stripped of their pensions.


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A citizen coalition's lawsuit to block a planned shutdown of  the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center has been allowed to proceed. On Wednesday, a motion by the state to dismiss their lawsuit was denied in State Supreme Court.


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Officials from Batavia Downs Gaming delivered a big check to the Erie County Comptroller's office on Wednesday. They also delivered a message that their checks to local communities could be larger, if Governor Cuomo would level the tax playing field for the Western New York facility.

For many years, local Democratic Party candidates sought the endorsement of the Conservative Party. According to  Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, the endorsement boosted vote totals and served to separate a candidate's identity from downstate Democrats. That trend is fading, apparently with encouragement from local Democratic officials.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is more prominent on the national stage these days, leading some to wonder whether he is running for president.


A new poll finds waning support for a constitutional convention in New York. The issue is on the ballot in November.


A Siena Research Institute poll suggests while President Donald Trump may be a native New Yorker, most folks in the state neither like him nor approve of his job performance. That same survey of registered New York voters also offers mixed results for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is now less than a year away from a re-election bid.


Democrats enjoy a significant edge over Republicans in Erie County when it comes to party affiliations among registered voters. As Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy analyzed during his weekly discussion with WBFO, that advantage often comes up short on Election Day. Republicans are favored to hold onto three countywide posts in November: County Clerk, County Comptroller and Sheriff.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he may have to call a special session in December to deal with potential funding cuts from Washington that he calls part of a “federal assault” on New York.

New York could be facing its first major shortfall in several years, partly due to falling tax collections and federal health care and other policy changes. That could leave the state with billions less in state aid.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is blasting the Trump Administration's federal tax proposal, saying it will cost New Yorkers more than $17 billion.

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Vice President Mike Pence will be coming to Buffalo on October 17. He will be here to support local Republican incumbents and candiates.

Hillary Clinton visits Buffalo, signs copies of new book

Sep 28, 2017
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An estimated 1,000 people lined up as early as 8:30 a.m. Thursday to have a brief opportunity to meet the former presidential candidate, Secretary of State and First Lady. Hillary Clinton arrived in Buffalo during the noon hour to sign copies of her book, What Happened, for supporters, many of whom are still stunned by last November's loss.


From former State Senator George Maziarz to former Democratic Party chief Steve Pigeon, a long line of corruption cases with local ties remains unresolved. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says attorneys are taking note of the reversal of the corruption conviction of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. One former prosecutor believes the decision will have a "chilling effect" on future corruption cases.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard held a fundraiser Tuesday at the Deep South Taco restaurant in downtown Buffalo. Dozens of chanting protestors flanked the entrance as ticket buyers arrived.

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A Republican federal tax reform plan would be disastrous to homeowners, and to the local economy. That's the assessment of two local Democrats who joined with the representative of a local realtors' group to reject a proposal eliminating a tax deduction that's been in place for more than a century.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Puerto Rico, assessing damage after hurricane Maria and bringing some initial supplies to the country. Cuomo spoke just before taking off from JFK airport in a fully loaded plane provided by Jet Blue.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is considering a possible challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for the 2018 governor’s race.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is again wading into national issues this week. He’s had a press conference against the latest attempt in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. And he met with the governors of California and Washington to discuss steps to slow climate change.


Though former State Senator George Maziarz is the one facing corruption charges in an upcoming trial, many of the familiar leaders of Niagara County politics could be injured.  In his weekly conversation with WBFO, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says the trial will feature testimony and evidence that could harm some political careers.

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Republicans in the state of New York met for a planning session in Albany on Tuesday in advance of the 2018 campaigns, which will begin shortly.


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As Congressional leaders once again consider immigration reform, some upstate representatives want to make sure they take farmers into consideration.

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Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has been caught on a hot microphone recounting the advice he is giving to President Donald Trump.

Speaking to a colleague, Schumer said he told Trump, "You're much better off if you can sometimes step right and sometimes step left."

The remarks took place on the Senate floor and were captured by C-SPAN. Schumer said Trump "likes me," but it was unclear from the video to whom Schumer was talking.

Sounding pleased, Schumer predicted, "Oh, it's going to work out and he'll make us more productive, too."

Throughout their campaign challenges to Mayor Byron Brown, City Comptroller Mark Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant hammered away at the lack of economic progress in many Buffalo neighborhoods. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes the message resonated but, in the end, Brown's organization and record were good enough to earn a victory in Tuesday's Democratic Primary.


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Longtime Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant finished the three-way race in the Democratic primary for Mayor of Buffalo with just 13 percent of the vote. However, Grant said she was proud of the campaign she ran and that she felt like a winner.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Well into the evening on Tuesday, supporters of mayoral candidate Mark Schroeder hoped their guy had a chance to win. Vote totals seemed to take so long to come in. However, by the end of the night, it became clear their candidate had lost.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While many who follow Buffalo politics consider Tuesday night's Democratic primary the race that effectively settled the campaign for mayor, Byron Brown stated he is focusing on winning the general election in November. The incumbent mayor, though, savored his primary win and what many believe is a clear path to his fourth term in office.


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Primary Day has been bringing out voters. Most eyes may be on Buffalo's Democratic mayoral race, but there is also a hotly-contested Erie County Legislature primary, a number of judicial contests and some faceoffs in the suburbs for supervisor and councilmanic seats.

New York State is being sued over the way it purges names from voting rolls.

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