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Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Jumaane Williams used this weekend to do some campaigning in Western New York. The Brooklyn Councilmember is challenging current incumbent Kathy Hochul, saying he will be an independent advocate for all New Yorkers.

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Critics have been consistent in blasting state economic development efforts over their lack of transparency. That cloud may be lifted during the federal corruptions trial against Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, which begins today in Manhattan.

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The unending saga of the Russians and the 2016 election is continuing to spin. A local man involved in Republican politics is now telling a House committee and special counsel he met with a Russian offering to sell dirt on Hillary Clinton, but he had forgotten about it until recently.

On Monday, prosecutors present the second of two corruption cases against former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in federal district court in Manhattan.


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A Siena poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo is securely ahead of his challengers, Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Republican Marc Molinaro, in his re-election bid.


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The state’s largest teachers union brought bagpipe players and a brass band to New York's Capitol to push for a bill to decouple teacher evaluations from the results of standardized tests.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the anti-sexual harassment policies enacted in the state budget are among the strongest in the nation, but his political rivals say the governor has not done enough to respond to allegations of sexual harassment in his own administration.


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Governor Cuomo has begun a statewide tour to promote a bill to give teachers and school administrators the power to go to court and ask a judge to confiscate the guns of a student and their family, if they suspect the student might try to harm themselves or others.


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A report from the state ethics commission clears Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former high-level economic development official Sam Hoyt of sexual harassment charges, but the report leaves many unanswered questions.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is getting support from the disability community.

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The fight for a control of the State Senate will be intense this year, and Democrats are hoping to pick up seats. Republicans, who are currently in the majority, say they intend to remain in control of the chamber. Karen DeWitt sat down with the Senator leading the Democrats’ campaign efforts, Senator Michael Gianaris. The Democrat from Queens also discusses why he’s decided not to run for Attorney General.


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The Republican candidate for governor, Marc Molinaro, is proposing term limits of two four-year terms for statewide offices – including the office of governor – and 12-year limits for state lawmakers.

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New York is one of only 13 states where animal cruelty laws are not part of the penal code. That would change under a bill being considered in the state legislature.

The business of the evenly divided New York State Senate remains stalled, as advocacy groups pressed for their bills to be acted on before the session ends in two weeks.

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With talk of the New York State Legislature possibly ending its session early amidst gridlock, Erie County lawmakers are debating whether to hurry and vote on a proposal to amend the county's tax code.


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Sean Patrick Maloney, the first openly gay Congress member from New York, says he is running for state attorney general.

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While much has been made recently about apparent conflicts of interest at the highest levels of the federal government, a new report is placing the spotlight on the potential for such conflicts on the local level. In a review of the financial disclosure forms required for elected officials in 10 area government entities, the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government found some troubling inconsistencies.

In a spirited floor fight in the state Senate, Democrats tried once again but failed to get a vote on an amendment on women’s reproductive health care. The argument over Senate procedure led to accusations that some Republican senators were trying to “mansplain” the rules to the state’s female lieutenant governor.


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Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout is launching her Democratic campaign for New York attorney general with a promise to crack down on potential conflicts of interest in President Donald Trump's business empire.

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His party has its candidates for governor and attorney general secured. Erie County Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy thinks this will be the year a Western New York native returns to the AG's office and a Republican returns to the governor's mansion.


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Keith Wofford, the Republican nominee for this year's New York State Attorney General race, brought his campaign to the town where he was born and raised Monday.


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She describes herself as a progressive Democrat and small business owner with a record of service to the region's arts, education and health organizations. A Buffalo resident who grew up on Grand Island, Carima El-Behairy has announced her candidacy for the New York State Senate District 60 seat, currently held by Republican Chris Jacobs.

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The New York State Senate is experiencing its worst gridlock in nine years, with the two major factions tied at 31 members each. No legislation is moving through the chamber, but there’s lots of finger-pointing.

This week, ABC cancelled Roseanne Barr’s TV show because of a racially charged tweet. It’s the latest in a string of troubling racial incidents – like the white woman who called the police on a black family barbecuing. But these are everyday realities faced by folks living in brown, black, tan, or just “not” white skin. Experts call this a troubling undercurrent of racism.


The New York legislative session is due to end in three weeks, but some state lawmakers are talking about leaving a week early because they believe they will accomplish so little in that time.


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Ending corruption in state government is hot on the mind of Marc Molinaro, who paid a visit to Buffalo on Wednesday morning. The GOP gubernatorial candidate intends to roll out a comprehensive plan for accountability in the capital.


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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is trying to connect with voters as he challenges Governor Andrew Cuomo.  "I'm an ordinary New Yorker. I grew up in a family where food stamps put dinner on the table. It was easy to be humble." In a conversation with WBFO, Molinaro criticized the incumbent for his economic policies and the allegations of corruption swirling his administration. "I think New Yorkers deserve a governor who knows how hard it is to live and work in New York."


Change at the Erie County Water Authority is continuing, as Republicans now have to fill their remaining seat on the three-member board. County Legislature Minority Leader Joseph Lorigo says he wants that seat filled quickly.

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New York State Republicans have endorsed Buffalo native Keith Wofford for the position of Attorney General.

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