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5:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Press Pass: Fewer democrats head to polls; Tainted waters at Gallagher Beach

Jim Heaney, Investigative Post
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Even though the number of registered Democrats outnumbers Republicans in Erie County, fewer are heading to the polls to cast their vote.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney about his story "Disappearing Democrats."

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Politics
1:24 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Change in land bank law designed to fill more vacant properties

Vacant property
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New legislation recently signed into law amends the state’s land bank initiative introduced by the Cuomo administration in 2011.

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Politics
2:45 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Poll finds support for pro-gambling language in ballot amendment

A new poll finds language on a ballot amendment to portray the expansion of casino gambling in positive light is working and the measure is gaining support among potential voters.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Comptroller candidate says he has paid IRS back taxes

Credit facebook.com/PeopleForGaughan

It appears the Democratic candidate looking to unseat the current Erie County Comptroller has had some tax trouble.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Primary wins appear to be locked up for Dobson, Miller-Williams

Democrat Richard Dobson will move on to face incumbent Sheriff Timothy Howard in November.
Credit File photo

Erie County Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr says based on this week's canvass of the primary election, it is "highly improbable" there will be any change to last Tuesday's results.

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Politics
12:51 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Hamister hotel project will move forward in Niagara Falls

Proposed project for downtown Niagara Falls, NY.
Credit Hamister Group

After months of sparring, a proposed $25.3 million mixed-use project will move forward.

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Politics
12:22 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Buffalo’s Latino mayoral candidate vs. incumbent mayor

Incumbent Mayor Byron Brown and Republican opponent Sergio Rodriguez.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Byron Brown rolled over his opponent Bernie Tolbert in last week's Democratic primary race, but the mayor still faces opposition in the November election. 

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Politics
9:45 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Press Pass: Primary winners look to November

WBFO'S Chris Jamele & Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly in studio.
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Local primary elections were held last week with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown scoring a convincing win in his party battle with Bernard Tolbert. Area Democrats still can't rally behind such a victory to bring two opposing factions together and the ripples from this discord are making waves in other contests, as well.

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Politics
10:31 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Mayor Brown defeats Tolbert in democratic primary

Incumbent Mayor Byron Brown declares victory in the 2013 Democratic Primary against opponent Bernie Tolbert. Brown is joined by his wife Michele and son Byron Jr.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has emerged victorious in the Democratic primary against opponent Bernie Tolbert.

WBFO'S Chris Caya reports on the Brown victory.

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Agriculture
5:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Proposed legislation expected to boost apple production in NYS

Wendy Oakes-Wilson and Darrell Oakes
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

During the heart of apple picking season lawmakers in the House of Representatives are considering a bill that aims to simplify the federal tax regulations governing the hard cider industry. The CIDER Act will also allow cider-makers, including those in upstate New York, to retain more of that natural apple flavor in their products.

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Developing
9:06 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Primary 2013: Election results

Stage is set for results at The Metropolitan Banquet Center in Buffalo for Bernie Tolbert
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Primary 2013: Polls closed at 9 p.m. Tuesday.  Voter turnout was reported to be light by the Erie County Board of Election Democratic Commissioner Dennis Ward. 

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Politics
4:14 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Primary Day 2013 features contests for Buffalo Mayor, Erie County Sheriff

Byron Brown, Sergio Rodriguez and Bernie Tolbert debate the issues
Credit WBFO News photo by WNED photographer Eileen Elibol

It is Primary Day 2013 across New York State. In Erie County polls opened for voters at 6 a.m. Among the races of note are Democratic primaries for Buffalo Mayor and Erie County Sheriff.

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Politics
10:22 am
Mon September 9, 2013

East Side senior citizens want to be on City Hall’s radar screen

Seniors gather at their housing citizen complex on Jefferson Avenue.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls in Buffalo to cast ballots the democratic mayoral primary race. On the eve of the primary, WBFO's Eileen Buckley reached out to some senior citizens who live on the city's East side to discuss the mayoral race.


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Politics
5:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Lt. Governor reacts to Unshackle Upstate's tax reform plan

The state capitol in Albany, NY.
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Unshackle Upstate released its new five-point Economic Revitalization Agenda, Tuesday. Executive Director Brian Sampson says the tax reform proposal includes plans to reduce the income tax rate by 25% for people making $50,000 a year or less.

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Erie County Democrats
10:11 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Zellner claims illegality on part of rival PAC

Democratic Chair Jeremy Zellner

Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner says a rival party faction has violated state election law, and he wants an investigation. 

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Politics
11:51 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Analyzing the styles of the mayoral candidates

All three Buffalo mayoral candidates will be facing off Tuesday evening in a WBFO & WNED-TV debate. Incumbent Democrat Byron Brown will face off against Democrat Bernie Tolbert and Republican Sergio Rodriguez. WBFO's Eileen Buckley explores their campaign styles with a Buffalo State political science professor.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Demonstrators picket on a range of issues

Protestors rally across from UB's Alumni Arena
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

More than a dozen protestors rallied outside in a gated area across from Alumni Arena Thursday. Demonstrators were calling on the president to change his stance on a multitude of issues. The majority of protestors were there to urge the President to ban the controversial gas drilling practice known as hydrofracking.

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Politics
6:19 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

President could be Buffalo bound

President Obama's first visit to Buffalo in May of 2010.
Credit WBFO News photo taken by Will Ingalls

Word circulated Monday that President Barack Obama could be Buffalo-bound next week. Several newspapers and other media outlets are reporting that the President is planning to conduct an bus tour of four Upstate cities, including Buffalo and Eastern Pennsylvania. 

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Politics
9:10 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Optimism high for turning around Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls
Credit WBFO News file photo

There is a great deal of optimism for a better Niagara Falls after large check arrived Wednesday. The Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State delivered back payments of millions of dollars in casino revenues to Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca. Niagara Falls received $89 million.

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Politics
6:35 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Ethics commissioner quits as panel meets behind closed doors

The state ethics commission met Tuesday and spent most of its time in a private session, as a key appointee of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver resigned from the board.

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Politics
10:27 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Press Pass: Freedom of the Press

Jim Heaney, Investigative Post
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The rights of journalists have taken center stage since the revelation that the National Security Agency has been monitoring who reporters are talking to. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley speaks with Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney about how a journalist's rights could be in jeopardy.

Politics
9:07 am
Wed July 24, 2013

New York enters Year 6 of defacto fracking moratorium

Past anti-fracking protests
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New York today enters into the sixth year of a defacto moratorium on whether to allow hydrofracking in the state. Business and industry groups are expressing dismay over what they say is too long a delay.

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Politics
3:27 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Buffalo native confirmed as Labor Secretary

Thomas Perez

Despite tough opposition, a Buffalo native has been named to serve as the next Secretary of Labor. The senate voted 54-to 46 today confirming Thomas Perez after a four month-long fight over President Obama's nominee.

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Politics
5:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Past Moreland Act Commission fell short

Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared at UB recently discussing the Moreland Commission
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Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission to investigate the legislature is not the first time a Governor created a penal to probe state lawmakers. In fact, Cuomo’s own father did it a quarter century ago, with mixed results.

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Politics
9:28 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Cuomo appoints commission to probe the Legislature

Governor Andrew Cuomo prior to announcing the Moreland Commission Tuesday in Albany, NY
Credit WBFO News photo provided by Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined forces with the State’s Attorney General to create a commission with wide ranging powers to investigate corruption in the state legislature.

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Politics
9:58 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Collins reacts to sweeping immigration reform bill

Congressman Chris Collins discussing the Senate's Immigration Reform Bill during a Buffalo stop at the waterfront
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A historic immigration reform bill was passed by the U.S. Senate late Thursday afternoon. If approved in the House, citizenship would be provided to 11 million immigrants already living in America illegally.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on reaction from Congressman Chris Collins on Immigration Reform bill.

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Politics
10:20 am
Wed June 26, 2013

First sign casino money could be in lawmaker's campaign funds, says advocate

Casino slots
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When state lawmakers approved a bill to permit new gambling casinos in the final hours of the legislative session, they left something out.  A provision to ban campaign contributions to legislators from gambling corporations did not end up in the final version.

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Politics
5:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Mayor Brown says campaign ad is 'completely appropriate'

Northeast District police chief Kimberly Beaty holds up a sign that says "progress" for Mayor Brown's reelection video
Credit Photo from Mayor Brown's reelection Website

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says his new campaign video ad is "completely appropriate".  The mayor made his comment one day after his republican opponent lodged accusations against the ad. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asked Mayor Brown about his campaign ad.

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Politics
9:45 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Governor wants Peace Bridge expansion ‘done right’

Peace Bridge in Buffalo
Credit WBFO News file photo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's trying to come up with "an amicable resolution" to the dispute over the Peace Bridge. Cuomo met with high ranking Canadian officials in his New York City office for several hours Saturday. During a visit to Buffalo Monday, Cuomo told WBFO's Chris Caya negotiations are ongoing.

WBFO'S Chris Caya presses Governor Cuomo on the fight to get the Peace Bridge expansion completed in Buffalo.

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Politics
9:01 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Press Pass: Investigative Post reviews Peace Bridge dispute

Investigative Post's Jim Heaney at WBFO.
Credit WBFO News file photo

It's unclear if this weekend's meeting between Governor Cuomo and the Canadian Ambassador to the United States will bring a resolution to the ongoing feud involving the Peace Bridge Authority. Both parties had little to say about the talks, though they did report some progress on the matter.

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