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A day before the primary, Governor Andrew Cuomo swept through Western New York late Monday afternoon to rally the troops and stress the importance to the region of having Kathy Hochul as lieutenant governor.

Governor Andrew Cuomo snubbed his Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout at Saturday's Labor Day Parade in New York City.

Lieutenant-Governor candidate Kathy Hochul downplayed a New York Post report Monday that says Governor Andrew Cuomo might drop Hochul from minor party lines he's running on if she loses the September 9th Democratic primary.

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John Cahill is the Republican candidate for New York Attorney General in this fall's election. Cahill, the former chief of staff for Governor George Pataki, is challenging Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman for one of the state's top elected offices.

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The woman who just last week announced she was pulling out of a State Senate race after admitting to an extramarital affair says she is now back in.

A conversation with Lt. Governor candidate Tim Wu

Aug 22, 2014
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Lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu was in Buffalo Thursday, touring the city's East side and meeting with members of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

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The latest numbers suggest Governor Andrew Cuomo could win by a landslide in his bid for re-election this fall.

Senate candidate exits race after admitting to affair

Aug 13, 2014

A Niagara County State Senate candidate is pulling out of the race after admitting to an extra-marital affair.

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FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai says he’s opposed to the FCC’s sports blackout rule. Pai made the announcement alongside Congressman Brian Higgins in Buffalo Tuesday.

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Liberal law professor Zephyr Teachout is eligible to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary on September 9. A Brooklyn judge Monday dismissed an attempt by Cuomo supporters to remove her from the ballot.

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A new piece of legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate could help New Yorkers with disabilities and their families prepare for the future. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act or ABLE Act, which creates a tax-advantage savings account for people with disabilities.

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Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors.

Steve Casey's resignation on Tuesday as Buffalo Deputy Mayor comes just days after George Maziarz announced he would not seek re-election to the state Senate this fall. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy says the moves will bring major changes to the local political landscape.


North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt announced Tuesday he will run for the State Senate seat being vacated by longtime Republican senator George Maziarz. Maziarz announced Monday he will not seek re-election in the 62nd District.

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First Deputy Buffalo Mayor Steve Casey is leaving City Hall. Casey will be departing his longtime position in Mayor Byron Brown's administration to work on a major development project in West Seneca.

North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt says he'll make a decision soon on whether he will run for the State Senate seat being vacated by George Maziarz.  But there are already a couple of other candidates in the running.

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Governor Cuomo’s running mate, Lieutenant Governor nominee Kathy Hochul, is keeping an unusually low profile during the first months of the election campaign. The lack of public campaigning by Hochul is starting to raise some questions.

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Senator Charles Schumer has launched a push to clear the backlog of requests for medical equipment at VA hospitals across the New York State Wednesday. Schumer is calling on the new Veterans Administration to make wholesale changes to its equipment procurement process.

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Toronto's colorful and controversial mayor returns to work Monday after nearly two months in rehab. Ford comes back to join a mayoral election campaign that is in full swing.

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Former state senator Antoine Thompson may be running for a seat in the state assembly this year.  Thompson submitted his resignation Friday to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.  Since December of 2012 , Thompson has served as director of the Buffalo Education and Technology Center. 

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The Green Party candidate for Governor says he believes he can win as the only progressive in a three-way race for governor. Howie Hawkins was in Buffalo late last week delivering the message that his plans to boost New York State’s economy that don’t include START-UP NY projects.

Cuomo, Hochul kick off campaign tour in Amherst

May 23, 2014
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Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul made their first campaign stop at the UAW union hall in Amherst Friday.

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Governor Cuomo was nominated to run for a second term on Thursday along with his freshly chosen running mate, former Western New York Rep. Kathy Hochul.

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Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul has been picked by Governor Andrew Cuomo to be New York's next Lieutenant Governor. Cuomo made the announcement with a video played at the state democratic convention on Long Island, Wednesday.

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Rob Astorino accepted the Republican nomination for Governor at the state party convention in Westchester Thursday, saying Governor Cuomo hasn’t live up to his promises to improve the state.


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for passage of a bill that would allow college graduates to refinance student loans at a lower rate. The national student loan debt is at roughly $1.2 trillion, surpassing auto loan and credit card debt.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to pick a new running mate now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has decided not to seek another term. Speculation over whom Cuomo may choose includes some familiar local names.

Lt. Governor won’t seek reelection

May 8, 2014
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New York State’s Lt. Governor Robert Duffy says he will not be seeking re-election. Duffy, a former Rochester mayor, told WHAM-TV in Rochester that he won’t run with Governor Andrew Cuomo.


The former supervisor in the Town of Niagara accepted a plea deal in court Monday morning. Steven Richards, 61, admitted to using town resources and equipment to benefit a family-owned business.

Proposed bills aim to hold slumlords accountable

May 2, 2014
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Two new pieces of legislation aim to protect homeowners and hold slumlords accountable for their blighted properties in western New York.