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The race for Erie County Executive heated up Wednesday night in the WNED|WBFO studios with a debate between incumbent Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz and his opponent, Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter. Among the many issues debated were Child Protective Services, taxes and last November's snow removal response.


With tonight's televised debate, the contest for Erie County Executive is expected to heat up. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy, one of the debate panelists, says until now the contest had been a "sleepy race."


Two local congressmen chime in on House Speaker search

Oct 14, 2015
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It's the job that no Republican member of Congress seems in a hurry to take: Speaker of the House. Two local members of the House of Representatives, one from each party, are hoping that lawmakers can soon reach consensus, for different reasons.


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The son of late conservative icon Jack Kemp talked about presidential politics and the state of the GOP during a visit to Buffalo Monday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have ended their funding feud regarding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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With the dilapidated Central Terminal on Buffalo's East Side as a backdrop, the Republican candidate for Erie County Executive, Ray Walter said, he will revitalize poor communities by creating "Growth and Opportunity Zones."


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Speaker John Boehner's resignation was met with "stunned silence" by his fellow Republicans - according to Congressman Chris Collins.

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A new poll finds Governor Cuomo’s campaign for a phased in $15 an hour minimum wage is resonating among his base group of supporters. The Siena poll also finds the governor’s job approval rating is still at near record low levels.

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The fight towards increasing minimum wage to $15 an hour in New York State is gaining support.

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Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III has announced his candidacy for State Supreme Court justice.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo  lead  major supporters of the Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice in a New York City parade.

The hotly contested primary races for Erie County Family Court came to a close Thursday night with two winners.

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A new sales tax-sharing formula tops Ray Walter's plan to "make a stronger Erie County". Walter, the Republican candidate for County Executive, says the suburbs would benefit because his plan divides sales tax based on population.

Feroleto approved, sworn in to Buffalo Common Council

Sep 1, 2015
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An attorney who previously served in roles under two former Buffalo Common Council members, including the one he is replacing, has been sworn in as the Council's new Delaware District representative.

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There has been an unusual focus on upstate New York among top state politicians from the downstate area in recent weeks. 


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Masten District voters are dealing with an unusual race in which three people and a write-in candidate are vying for a vacant seat.


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Councilmember David Franczyk was flanked by his two opponents Thursday night during a debate over the Council's Fillmore District seat. The two challengers agreed on one thing: the incumbent has to go.


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The State Board of Elections recently issued its final report on an experimental public campaign finance system that had no participants.


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A Niagara County state assemblyman announced Tuesday he is changing his party affiliation. John Ceretto is switching from the Republican to the Democratic conference.

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During a stop in the Wyoming County Town of Wethersfield on Monday, Senator Charles Schumer spoke for the first time about the Iran nuclear deal since he announced his opposition to it late last week.


Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will try to get the state legislature to broaden an increase in the state’s minimum wage beyond fast food workers, but the newly appointed Deputy Majority Leader of the state Senate is throwing some cold water on that plan.


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Samuel Herbert is on the ballot in the Democratic primary for the Fillmore District Council seat held by David Franczyk.

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Joseph Mascia says he isn't going away any time soon and will use his campaign for Fillmore District councilmember to open a community conversation on race and economic injustice.


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New York State Senator Mark Panepinto of Buffalo said he did not violate any ethical guidelines in pressuring a state agency to change a policy.

Congressman Tom Reed

As Greece continues to grapple with a crippling economic crisis, a local congressman insists the problem should serve as a warning to the U.S.

According to a former council member who is running for Mayor of Niagara Falls, the city is on the verge insolvency.

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The Niagara District's David Rivera has been elected the new majority leader of the Buffalo Common Council.

Jeb Bush appears at Buffalo campaign fundraiser

Jun 30, 2015
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Jeb Bush, one of more than a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls, appeared in Buffalo Tuesday morning for a campaign fundraiser.

Demone Smith resigns from Common Council

Jun 23, 2015
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Demone Smith has resigned as the Buffalo Common Council's Masten District representative to take another city job.

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Lawmakers from the New York State Senate will resume work next Tuesday as they try to bring the legislative session to a close.

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