Politics

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3:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Mayor Brown marks largest attendance for State of City

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivers 9th annual State of the City Speech Friday afternoon.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivered his 9th annual State of the City address to a huge crowd at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Friday afternoon.

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Politics
9:49 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Congressman Collins outraged at Cuomo's free college ride for inmates

Inside Erie County Holding Center.
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The blow-back continues over Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to give convicts a free college education. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - legislation will be proposed on Capital Hill to bar Cuomo from funding the program with federal tax dollars.

 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo
8:51 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Cuomo defends prison college classes at Rochester appearance

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Rochester Thursday.  He stopped by the Eastman Business Park to give a regional budget presentation and to announce a $3 million grant for a new Bioscience Manufacturing Center. 

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Politics
10:09 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Call for secret Peace Bridge documents to be revealed

Truck entering Peace Bridge Plaza off 190 in Buffalo.
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The Buffalo Common Council could weigh in Tuesday afternoon on secret talks federal officials reportedly had about removing truck traffic from the Peace Bridge.

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New York Governor
8:42 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Trump calls for united Republican party at local fundraiser

Donald Trump answers reporters questions
Eileen Elibol WBFO News

Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump has provided a preview of what a Trump-for-governor campaign might look like.

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Governor's Race
6:08 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Trump to appear at county Republican fundraiser

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump will be in the Buffalo area Friday night as he continues to explore a run for governor this year. 

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Politics
9:51 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Former U.S. Ambassador to Vatican reacts to Cuomo’s 'extreme conservatives' remark

Robert James Nicholson will be keynote speaker Thursday at "Making a Difference Dinner".

The former secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert James Nicholson will be in Buffalo tonight. The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo selected Nicholson as the keynote speaker of the "Making a Difference Dinner." Nicholson is the former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and former chair of the Republican National Committee. 

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Politics
10:33 am
Tue January 28, 2014

WBFO will air State of the Union speech

President Obama at UB.
Credit WBFO News file photo

WBFO will carry NPR's live coverage of President Obama's State of the Union speech and the Republican Response Tuesday at 9 p.m. NPR's Melissa Block will host cover and will be joined NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

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Politics
9:36 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Governor wants to ban use of welfare cards at strip clubs, liquor stores & casinos

NYS Benefit card
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for a ban on the use of welfare cash cards at strip clubs, liquor stores and in casinos.

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Politics
12:46 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Buffalo Bishop joins critics blasting Governor for recent remarks

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone is taking Governor Andrew Cuomo to task over recent remarks regarding conservatives in New York State. Governor Cuomo made the remarks Friday, January 17, 2014 during an interview on the radio program Capitol Pressroom heard on WBFO week nights at 8 p.m.

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Politics
10:08 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Paladino would support Trump if he runs for Governor

Carl Paladino during his run for Governor in 2010.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Republican gubernatorial candidate from four-years ago says he wants Donald Trump carrying his party's banner this year. 

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Politics
10:34 am
Wed January 22, 2014

WNY state delegation reacts to Governor’s budget

Governing deliver his budget proposal.
Credit WBFO News photo

Members of the Western New York delegation offered reaction Tuesday to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget plan.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Cuomo gains in latest poll

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is beginning 2014 with high numbers, according to the latest Siena College poll.

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Politics
9:54 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Press Pass: Government transparency

Investigative Post's Jim Heaney.
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It has become more difficult in recent years for reporters to obtain timely information when applying for Freedom of Information requests. Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney says he often hits road blocks when conducting research for stories.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Assembly leader calls for special elections to fill vacancies

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he was elections held to fill vacancies in the state Legislature.
Credit File photo

Some top state lawmakers seem to be changing their minds over whether to call special elections for a growing number of vacancies in the legislature. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver now says he wants voters to pick new legislators to fill 11 vacancies.

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Politics
10:43 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Should Gabryszak legal bills be paid by taxpayers?

Credit Photo from Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's Facebook page

Should the legal bills of former Assemblymember Dennis Gabryszak be paid for by taxpayers? Gabryszak resigned his seat Sunday nearly a month after his former staffers accused him of sexual harassment.

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Politics
4:55 am
Fri January 17, 2014

'The Donald' coming to Buffalo

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump will be making a visit to Buffalo in a couple of weeks for an event hosted by the Erie County Republican Committee.

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10:09 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Gabryszak resigns

Photo from Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's Facebook page

New York State Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, a Cheektowaga democrat, resigned effective immediately Sunday afternoon.  Gabryszak issued a statement to the media from his attorney's law office.

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Politics
11:02 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Brown says no discussions on Lt. Governor job, but 'never say never'

Mayor & his wife celebrated his reelection in November 2013.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was among the elected officials from across New York who made the trip to Albany for Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address. Considering the City is still digging out from a major storm, could Brown's decision to travel to Albany be a hint of things to come?


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Politics
3:43 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Cuomo praises economic comeback in WNY, announces $100 million genomics center

Governor's State of State speech from Albany.
Credit Photo from Governor's Twitter feed

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his fourth State of the State speech from Albany Wednesday afternoon. 

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Politics
11:26 am
Wed January 8, 2014

State Assembly session begins with sexual harassment troubles

Credit Photo from Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's Facebook page

There is still no sign of State Assemblyman Dennis Garbryszak, democrat, since seven women have accused him of sexual harassment. Some speculate that he will not appear at the Governor's State of the State address in Albany Wednesday.

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Politics
10:11 am
Mon January 6, 2014

PR expert says Gabryszak needs to break silence

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak
Credit Photo from Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's Facebook page

Sexual harassment allegations continue to mount against Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak of Cheektowaga, but Gabryszak continues to maintain his silence and appears to be in hiding. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, one public relations expert it's time for the lawmaker to step forward.

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Politics
9:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Cuomo faces challenges from the right and left in 2014

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2014 is an election year for Governor Cuomo as well as all of the 213 seats in the legislature. Cuomo faces the challenge of balancing competing interests as he tries to win another term by a big margin.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Pridgen elected Common Council president

Rev. Darius Pridgen is the new president of the Common Council.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

By a unanimous vote, Rev. Darius Pridgen has been elected president of the Buffalo Common Council.

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Politics
10:12 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Will 2014 be a year of reform in Albany?

Could 2014 be a year of change in Albany?
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2013 saw more state lawmakers indicted, jailed, convicted, and even participating in wiretapping some of their colleagues. The continued corruption spurred Governor Cuomo to appoint a commission to look into the legislature. Will 2014 be the year Albany finally sees reform?

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Politics
10:29 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Gubernatorial possibility Astorino rubs elbows with local GOP

Astorino (l.) with Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Likely Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino was in town Thursday night for the Erie County Republican Committee Christmas party and sending smoke signals to the gubernatorial candidate from 2010, Carl Paladino, that they are on the same page.

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Politics
10:18 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Press Pass: Corporate tax breaks

Investigative Post's Jim Heaney
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

As Buffalo is experiencing a Renaissance of new buildings and projects, many developers are lining up for tax breaks. But Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney is skeptical about the how subsidies will effect Buffalo's tax base. That's in this week's Press Pass conversation with WBFO's Eileen Buckley.

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Lawmakers haggling over election dates

Albany may decide on three elections next year as an underground fight continues over the dates for a primary election.

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Moreland Commission
9:27 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Moreland suit dropped by State Senate Republican Campaign Committee

A dispute between Governor Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Commission and one of its targets was apparently resolved Wednesday.  The State Senate Republican Campaign Committee is dropping a lawsuit that sought to quash a commission subpoena.

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Governor's Race
9:15 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Cuomo 'gratified' by positive poll numbers

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New polls show Governor Andrew Cuomo with a big edge to keep his job as governor.

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