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State lawmakers, who have not had a pay raise since 1999, are no closer to getting one in the new year. The state commission assembled to recommend a possible raise instead rejected the measure on Tuesday. But not everyone eligible for the raise is upset.

New York lawmakers could soon get their first pay increase in nearly two decades. 

If the numbers hold, Republicans are poised to remain in control of the State Senate, and even pick up a seat. The news has reassured business groups but dismayed reform advocates.


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He pulled off a stunning upset Tuesday, but when Donald Trump takes office in January, what could we expect from his administration? A panel of professors at the University at Buffalo took questions regarding the forthcoming arrival of the Trump Administration.


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John Flynn will be Erie County's next District Attorney. The Democratic candidate emerged from an early dead heat to defeat Republican Joseph Treanor by 10 percentage points, unofficially.

Some new faces from Western New York are headed to the New York State Assembly, while and some familiar faces are returning home.

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In the 61st State Senate race, Republican incumbent Michael Ranzenhofer retained his seat, defeating Democratic Erie County Legislator Thomas Loughran.   

Erie County Election Results

Nov 8, 2016

Follow below for the results of key races WBFO is keeping track of.

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It’s a busy day at polling places across Erie County where turnout is estimated to be high, and also at the office that oversees the process.

 

The cemetery where women's suffrage activist Susan B. Anthony is buried extended its hours Tuesday "to accommodate those wishing to celebrate their vote" at her gravesite.

Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y., will be open until polls there close at 9 p.m. ET.

Although this presidential election is the first in American history to have a woman on the ballot as a major party candidate, it is not the first time people have commemorated their votes by visiting Anthony's grave.

What you need to know about voting in NYS

Nov 8, 2016

The polls opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m. Here is what you need to know about Election Day voting 2016:

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Come January, Erie County will have a new District Attorney. John Flynn and Joseph Treanor are in the race for the DA's Office on the Democratic and Republican tickets, respectively.


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It goes without saying: a lot of people are on edge over this year's presidential election. One local expert says people are feeling frustrated and helpless by the increasing divide and disrespect. And he believes there will be no relief from it once the votes are counted and a winner is declared.

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A final poll in the long Presidential race shows the contest tightening a bit in New York, though Hillary Clinton still leads Donald Trump by double digits.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Election day is less than 24 hours away. As tens of millions of voters stream to the polls, millions more have already cast their ballots in one of the nastiest presidential races in American history. In Erie County, Democrats and Republicans are making their final pushes.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Election Day is on the horizon and candidates from each party are using their resources to gain the most support at the polls.

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With only days before the Presidential election politicians are making their rounds to encourage support at the polls.

Erie County

Many Erie County Legislature public hearings have few citizens in attendance, while a few draw a lot of people, like the upcoming hearing on the County Executive Poloncarz's proposed budget. Legislators want to try early evening meetings to draw larger crowds.

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Recommendations on how to go forward with some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development contracts tainted by scandal have been delayed for another few weeks, the governor’s economic development chairman said.

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In an unusual move six days before the election, Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty crossed party lines on Wednesday to endorse Joseph Treanor, the Republican and Conservative candidate for D.A.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The long-dominant Seneca Party took complete control of Seneca Nation government in Tuesday's election.


New York State Senate

This year's election could determine which party controls the New York Senate, possibly giving Democrats the keys to state government.

New York Senior Senator Charles Schumer, in the only debate with his opponent, broadcast on Time Warner Cable, said he’s “appalled” by FBI director James Comey’s actions, including  the decision announced Friday  to re-examine emails from Hillary Clinton’s top aide for evidence of misuse of classified materials.

Erie County DA candidates debate at WNED|WBFO Studios

Oct 27, 2016
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The candidates running to be Erie County's next district attorney squared off in a debate in the WNED|WBFO Studios Thursday morning. Democrat John Flynn and Republican Joseph Treanor III participated in a 50-minute debate heard live on WBFO.

Erie County DA contenders debate at St. Joe's

Oct 25, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute hosted its annual candidates' debate this morning. This year, the participants were the contender for Erie County District Attorney.


New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says his office needs better oversight of state economic development contracts, in light of a corruption scandal that has led to criminal charges against Governor Cuomo’s former top aide, other Cuomo Administration associates and two major upstate developers. Karen DeWitt sat down with DiNapoli this week to talk about that and other topics, including  a drop in state revenues of nearly three quarter of a billion dollars so far this year, and his predictions for the elections.

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The panel formed to consider proposed pay raises for New York State legislators has until mid November to submit its recommendation. There are differences in opinion among lawmakers, downstate and upstate, whether they need to earn larger checks.


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Local Democrats are using some of Donald Trump's statements to attack local Republicans, saying candidates on this year's ballot should be distancing themselves away from a man who says he may not accept the results of the election if he loses.

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On Thursday, October 27, candidates for Erie County District Attorney will meet at the WNED|WBFO studios for a debate on issues facing county voters.

New York Comptroller State Thomas DiNapoli is weighing in on bid-rigging allegations related to Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development programs. The Comptroller, who says his office was cut out of the process,  is urging stronger oversight.

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