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WBFO's Mike Desmond

Erie County Executive Poloncarz says the county is in pretty good shape, although potential federal cuts could hit hard at a variety of local programs. His State of the County speech in the Burchfield Penney Art Center was aggressive.

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As the State Legislature approaches the April 1 budget deadline, the Cuomo Administration remains in favor of a plan that has strong bipartisan opposition from local lawmakers. On Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul offered assurance that young patients would be safe if moved to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.


Wendy Mitchell

With a heavily local election this year and a congressional election next year, local progressives are organizing.

New York State lawmakers are trying to agree on a proposal known as Raise the Age by week’s end, along with the state budget.

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The House is expected to vote Thursday on a Republican health care bill that repeals wholesale sections of the Affordable Care Act. New York's Senators are both blasting it. They take exception to an amendment co-sponsored by Congressman Chris Collins that cuts billions of dollars in federal aid while shifting county medicaid costs to the state level.


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Former State Senator George Maziarz and his successor, Republican State Senator Rob Ortt, have been indicted by an Albany County grand jury on felony election law tied to a campaign donations.   WBFO's Jay Moran talks with Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy about the indictments.

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Buffalo's Common Council voted Tuesday to pay just over $4 million to settle two major lawsuits against the city.

Voters went to the polls in 15 villages around Western New York Tuesday to choose their local representatives.

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With less than two weeks remaining before New York State's April 1 budget deadline, state lawmakers are busy in Albany working towards an agreement. WBFO spoke with two local representatives to find out what's still unresolved.


Voters go to the polls in 14 villages

Mar 21, 2017
Erie County Board of Elections

Voters go to the polls in 14 villages Tuesday to elect their local board representatives. Most voting begins at noon, except in Hamburg, where the polls open at 9 a.m.

Polls also are open noon-9 p.m. in Barker, Gowanda and Middleport.

Crowds call on Cuomo for Voter Reform

Mar 19, 2017
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Many gathered at Battery Park in New York City Sunday afternoon rallying to resist voter suppression.

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Appeals court judges in New York seem receptive to arguments that a recent Supreme Court ruling tosses ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's public corruption conviction into doubt. 

Matt Ryan New York Now

The state Legislature’s one-house budgets make some changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $163 million proposal to offer free tuition at public colleges in New York to some middle-class students.

Karen Dewitt

The New York State Senate and Assembly are in agreement on a plan to increase funding for the care of the developmentally disabled.

Niagara Falls Councilman charged with DWI

Mar 11, 2017
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A Niagara Falls City Councilman is charged with a misdemeanor DWI after an accident early Saturday morning.

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The New York State Assembly held a hearing Monday on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to spend $8 billion in subsidies to keep three upstate nuclear power plants operating for the next 12 years - but no one from the Cuomo administration showed up.

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First, there was a billboard asking "Where's Chris Collins?" Now, in response to that ad, a new billboard is on display thanking the congressman for his service.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Now there is a race for Buffalo mayor, as city Comptroller Mark Schroeder official threw his name into the mix Sunday. He will challenge Mayor Byron Brown in the September primary and possibly in November.

Press office Gov. Andrew Cuomo

On Sunday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new organization designed to improve economic and cultural relations between New York and Israel.

Ortt and colleagues make renewed push against SAFE Act

Mar 3, 2017
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Republicans in the State Senate are again introducing legislation challenging New York's so-called SAFE Act. Local State Senator Robert Ortt is among those sponsoring a bill that would remove many provisions of Governor Cuomo's law outside of New York City. The Lieutenant Governor, meanwhile, defended the law, saying that it's working.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A borrowing agreement involving Erie County and the Erie County Medical Center Corporation, one that would help the latter fund construction of a major capital project, fell short of approval in the Erie County Legislature. The County Executive says with no deal in place, the county faces a deficit that will result in cuts to other services.


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As federal elected officials face noisy constituents at town hall meetings nationwide, New York's senior U.S. Senator and that body's minority leader took questions Wednesday about his own ability to be reached.


Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan delivered his final State of the County on Wednesday, ending his presentation with the announcement that he will not seek re-election.

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Western New York Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins spoke with reporters Monday about immigration and congressional town halls. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the democratic lawmaker is unsure how those in Washington will find a "middle ground." 

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Under heavy security, Mayor Byron Brown made it official Monday—he is on the campaign trail seeking a fourth term.


I Love NY Highway signs called waste of money

Feb 19, 2017

Albany and Washington disagree on usage of New York State's I Love NY highway signs.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen Dewitt

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the leader of the state Senate are not as enthusiastic about making New York a sanctuary state as are Assembly Democrats, who passed a bill earlier this week.

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New York State Senator Robert Ortt says the New York SAFE Act has not been living up to its name. That is why the North Tonawanda Republican is proposing a bill to repeal the SAFE Act exclusively in upstate New York.

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Uber and Lyft could be coming to upstate New York under legislation passed by the state Senate. However, this is only the first-part of a three-way fight among the Senate, Assembly and governor.

Senate Leader John Flanagan said he’s not running for governor right now, but in an interview with public radio and television, he admitted that he’s thought about it from time to time.

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