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The bribery trial of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, begins its third week in federal court Monday. Cuomo has not commented on the proceedings and has instead been busy focusing on other topics.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to call for special elections to be held April 24 to fill two empty Senate seats, according to a state official who confirmed the date. The news is fueling hopes among Senate Democrats that they can gain control of the chamber before the end of the session.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo will soon officially announce that special elections to fill 11 vacant seats in the new York State Legislature will take place April 24, a source within state government confirmed Wednesday.

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The visual images on television were very clear: Republicans were vocal in their praise of President Trump's State of the Union message, while Democrats were not wearing out their hands with applause. However, there was one issue that seemed to cross the aisle: infrastructure.

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A third Republican candidate has announced his intention to run for governor against Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Syracuse-area Sen. John DeFrancisco said he thinks it’s time for a change.


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A senior Republican state senator has filed the paperwork to run for governor of New York. Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco of Syracuse plans to formally announce his candidacy on Tuesday.

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Erie County lawmakers may vote next week whether to increase the cost of a feasibility study for a possible future convention center. On Thursday, the Legislature's Economic Development Committee approved a proposed contract amendment that would increase the county's commitment from the original $149,900 up to $215,000.


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Erie County lawmakers discussed two bills Thursday related to harassment cases against county employees. One of the proposals is to prevent the use of public dollars to fund harassment settlement cases.


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Governor Cuomo’s chief of staff was one of the first witnesses to testify at the corruption trial of Governor Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco. Linda Lacewell described Percoco as a trusted loyal and very senior aide to the governor.

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The prosecution and defense offered two very different versions of events in the trial of Governor Cuomo‘s former top aide Joe Percoco and three business associates in Federal District Court in Manhattan Tuesday. Much of the prosecutors case will hinge on testimony of another former, associate Todd Howe who  pleaded guilty to several felonies and will be the government’s star witness.

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Jurors have been chosen in the public corruption trial of Governor Cuomo’s former top aide Joe Percoco and told to report back at 9:15 am Tuesday morning for opening statements.

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Later Monday, the first of a series of federal corruption trials begins for several former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The proceedings in the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan will focus on bribery and other charges against Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joseph Percoco.

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The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will be open for visitors Monday, with New York State picking up the tab for the federal workers.

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The government shutdown is here.

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New York State Senator Chris Jacobs of Buffalo is renewing his push for term limits for all elected state leaders, that would include the Governor and State Attorney General.   WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley said Jacobs met with reporters in downtown Buffalo Friday morning at the Mahoney State Office building. 

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Republicans Chris Collins and Tom Reed are touting their votes to prevent a government shutdown by late Friday night.

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Congressman Tom Reed says there is bipartisan agreement in Congress on improving the nation's infrastructure.

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State Sen. Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat, spoke publicly for the first time since an investigation has begun into allegations that he sexually harassed a female staffer.

From increased education spending, to proposed new revenue generation ideas to whether legalizing marijuana is in the state's best interest, state lawmakers representing Western New York districts offered various opinions on the details of the budget proposal revealed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


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The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a re-trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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As Gov. Andrew Cuomo presents his budget for the next fiscal year Tuesday, a prospective Republican challenger says legal marijuana is a key way to ease the state's fiscal crisis.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking at the annual Martin Luther King Day event at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, mocked Republican senators who said they can’t recall President Donald Trump uttering a vulgarity during a meeting at the White House on immigration.


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Five candidates are now competing for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Chris Collins in the 27th congressional district after Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray and political activist Joan Elizabeth Seamans announced their candidacy this past week.

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Part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week was an expansion of his shared services plan. That’s a push by the state to get local governments to be more efficient to ease property tax burden. However, the New York Association of Counties thinks the governor needs to look in the mirror.

The 2018 election season is beginning, but state Republicans are still trying to settle on a strong candidate to challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants to seek a third term.

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The leader of the Independent Democrats in the New York Senate denies that he forcibly kissed a former staffer and says he intends to remain as leader of the breakaway Democratic faction.

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The Green Party in New York has offered up its own State of State address, with a series of ideas the party says will push the state forward.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State speech, floated the idea of converting the state income tax to a payroll tax to help reverse the new federal law that limits deductibility for state and local taxes. Many support the concept, but businesses say it is not so easy to make the change and it could bring unforeseen complications.

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This year will be one of criminal trials for former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as the former leaders of the New York State Legislature. Reform groups say they hope the lengthy court proceedings will spur lawmakers to enact some ethics reforms in 2018.

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It was a mix of generational change and backroom politics Thursday, as the Erie County Legislature reorganized after an election that put Democrats in charge.


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