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With the Erie County Legislature on the ballot this fall, the political year is starting with a fight over membership on the county Board of Ethics.

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While Governor Cuomo was in Amherst Monday selling his Buffalo Billion Squared and Middle Class Recovery ideas,  New York State Legislators were in Albany attending scheduled sessions. Local representatives are still peering through Cuomo's many proposals to learn more details but they like some of what they're seeing.

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While many state lawmakers were not in attendance at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s regional State of the State speeches, one person who is tagged along to all the six speeches was state Republican Party Chair Ed Cox.

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A helicopter carrying New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to New York City was forced to make an emergency landing after the cabin filled with fumes.

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It's the next phase of state investment in Western New York and, although it amounts to $500 million, is being called "Buffalo Billion Squared." Governor Andrew Cuomo provided hints of the additional development it would fund during his State of the State address Monday afternoon in Amherst.


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On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his ninth proposal of the 2017 State of the State Address.

Following a train accident last week, Senator Charles Schumer is calling on federal authorities to test train engineers for sleep apnea.

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Top Democrat and Republican members of the Senate and Assembly are not attending Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address.

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As invited guests dined inside a downtown Buffalo hotel, listening to remarks by the woman who led Donald Trump's successful presidential run, protesters stood outside, speaking against the President-Elect's policies. They also renewed their displeasure about a Buffalo School Board member who was one of Trump's top local campaign advocates.


New York state lawmakers have gathered in Albany Wednesday to begin their work for 2017. The Senate and Assembly both convened for the first time since they adjourned last summer.

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Angelo Morinello, who defeated three-term incumbent John Ceretto, took his oath of office Tuesday as the new representative of the New York State Assembly's 145th District. He was joined by another new Niagara County Assemblymember, Mike Norris of Lockport.

NYS lawmakers get back to work this week

Jan 2, 2017

New York lawmakers will return to Albany this week to begin their work for 2017, with a full slate os issues on the table.

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Charles Schumer, the longtime U.S. Senator from New York, enters 2017 as that body's new minority leader. During a recent visit to Buffalo, the Democrat said he wouldn't necessarily oppose legislation just because it has President-Elect Donald Trump's name on it. There are some issues and ideas, he said, for which he's willing to work with Trump.


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President-elect Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager-turned-Communications Counselor Kellyanne Conway will visit Buffalo this week for an exclusive fundraiser.

He will be remembered for his long history of public service in Erie County. Former Deputy County Executive and South Buffalo Common Councilmember James Keane has died at the age of 70.

Just released court papers provide more detail about the late Assemblymember Bill Nojay and allegations that he misdirected money from a client’s escrow account. The Rochester-area Nojay died by suicide in September, shortly before his primary election.

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Former President Bill Clinton cast his ballot for his wife, failed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, at Monday’s Electoral College meeting in Albany. Clinton blames the loss on the Russians and the FBI.

Remember Election Day? For Republicans, it is history. The focus now is Election Day November 2017.

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Electors are gathering Monday in every state to formally elect the President and Vice President of the United States. Usually this is a mere formality, but anti-Donald Trump forces are trying one last time to deny him the White House.

If Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers hold a special session next week, they are likely to consider whether to allow ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft to operate outside of New York City.

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The state’s comptroller has a plan to reduce corruption in the awarding of economic development contracts that has led to the indictment of former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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There was joy in the air Tuesday, as State Republican Chair Ed Cox and Erie County Republican Chair Nick Langworthy reflected on what they called a great election year for the GOP and an opportunity to change politics - in New York and nationally under President-Elect Donald Trump.

Trump cabinet nominees concern Schumer, excite Collins

Dec 13, 2016
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As President-Elect Donald Trump continues to pick his nominees for his Cabinet, some are raising eyebrows while others are raising concerns. The New York Democrat who will soon become the Senate Minority Leader has concerns about several picks.


Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers are still trying to put together a special session before the end of the year that could include a pay raise.

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If the Cuomo Administration decided to write Santa Claus a wish list for items passed in 2017, what would be on that list? Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, during her most recent visit to Buffalo, was asked what her boss would like to see in the new year.


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Tuesday's budget session of the Erie County Legislature may go very swiftly, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle appear united.

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NY Senate Democrats now have 32 votes in the chamber, which under normal circumstances would mean they hold the majority. But in the state Senate, it’s more complicated than that.

Western New York Congressman Tom Reed is among the latest additions to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, and he’s stepping up to defend Trump’s choices for his new administration.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pressuring state lawmakers to come back in December for a special session that includes a number of reform items to address recent corruption scandals. In exchange, he said, they could potentially be rewarded with a pay raise.

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The Siena College Research Institute is ready to embark on its next New York political poll. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports it will be asking about attitudes toward President-elect Donald Trump to measure the post-election mood.

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