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It was made formal Tuesday night in Cleveland. Donald Trump is the Republican Party's candidate for U.S. President. Although his roots are in New York City, can the GOP candidate win in a state where Republican candidates do well Upstate but are challenged by overwhelming Democratic support in New York City?


Collins tapped to second Trump's nomination in Cleveland

Jul 19, 2016
Karen Dewitt, WBFO Albany Correspondent

He was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump in the race for the White House. On Day Two of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Chris Collins will have the honor of seconding the motion that turns Trump from a "presumptive" nominee into the party's official candidate.


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Melania Trump's speech at the Republican Convention sparked twin responses. As WBFO Correspondent Karen DeWitt sees it, the former model exceeded expectations with her poise and passion. That faded when allegations of plagiarism emerged.


NY voters favor Clinton over Trump, according to new poll

Jul 19, 2016

As Republicans rally in Cleveland and Democrats prepare for their Philadelphia convention, Hillary Clinton seems to have her adopted home state votes safely locked up. Driven by a 3-1 lead in New York City, Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump 47-35 percent among all New York State voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

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Within the same walls of a downtown Buffalo law firm, two partners are spending time this month serving as a delegate or alternate delegate at national political conventions. They're representing rival parties, but both welcome the opportunity to take part in a civic duty while coming from different points of view.


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A veteran journalist who has covered previous conventions, WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt brings an experienced perspective to the coverage of the Republican Convention in Cleveland. While many are expecting a raucous event, DeWitt has been surprised by the calm pre-convention environment.


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The Republican National Convention begins in Cleveland Monday, with New York State Republicans hearing from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Tennessee Senator Bob Corker,  who are billed as official Trump-Pence surrogates, as well as CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow.


New York State Republican Chairman Edward Cox is already in Cleveland for Monday's start of the Republican National Convention.

Donald Trump has officially introduced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate.

"I've found the leader who will help us deliver a safe society and a prosperous, really prosperous society for all Americans," Trump said at a campaign event in New York Saturday. "Indiana Governor Mike Pence was my first choice."

Trump spoke at length about his admiration for Pence's record in Indiana. "He's really got the skills of a highly talented executive," he said.

On Saturday Democratic Committee Chairman Jeremy Zellner made a Statement on Donald Trump selection of Mike Pence as VP pick:
 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has offered only lukewarm support in the past for his fellow Democrats in their quest to take over the state Senate, said this week that he would back Democratic candidates in Senate races. He also somewhat reluctantly offered support to his former primary rival, Zephyr Teachout, who is now running for Congress.

Buffalo-born singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco appeared on WNYC's The Takeaway Thursday talking about how political protest music is used to bring attention to social change.

Supporters of the two outsider candidates in the Presidential race are finding obstacles to attending the national conventions in Philadelphia and Cleveland, held during the next couple of weeks.

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Republican Assemblymember Jane Corwin announced Tuesday she will not seek reelection to a fifth term in the 144th district. Lockport attorney Michael Norris, a former Niagara County Republican elections commissioner, has announced he is running to fill that seat.

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In a surprise announcement, 144th District Assemblymember Jane Corwin said Tuesday she will not be running for another term.

Silver, Skelos seek freedom pending appeals

Jul 13, 2016
Matt Ryan / New York Now

Reacting to a Supreme Court ruling, two former top New York State legislators convicted of public corruption crimes are urging judges to let them remain free pending appeal.

Cuomo denies report of close, recent ties to Pigeon

Jul 13, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Governor Andrew Cuomo is denying a recently published report that suggests longtime Buffalo political operative G. Steven Pigeon, who recently pled not guilty to nine felony charges, maintained a close relationship with his office as recently as his 2014 re-election campaign.


Governor Cuomo has introduced new emergency regulations he says will improve the safety and accountability of child day care programs in New York State. The regulations define the conditions under which the state may revoke or suspend a provider's license and increase penalties for serious violations of child care health and safety standards.

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The Chairmen of Erie County’s political committees are having mixed reactions to FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that the bureau is not recommending presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton be criminally charged for mishandling classified data on private email servers.

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New State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling the charges against political operative Steve Pigeon and State Supreme Court Judge John Michalek a 'multi-year illicit and corrupt scheme'.   WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy immediately following the Attorney General's news conference Thursday. 

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A former Erie County Democratic Committee chairman and longtime local political operative faces nine counts in an indictment unsealed this morning in State Supreme Court. G. Steven Pigeon pled not guilty to all counts, which include bribery, rewarding official misconduct and a grand larceny charge.

  

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On Sunday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a hotline that will reduce and resolve a number of election day problems.

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LPCiminelli has sued Erie County for what it says was bid-rigging in awarding the construction contract on Erie Community College's new STEM building. The dispute prompted county legislators to send the contract back to committee for review.

Business leaders, particularly those in upstate New York, say the recently concluded 2016 legislative session was the worst for small businesses in quite some time.

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As members of Congress debated Monday evening on four gun bills - none of which were expected to pass - a Western New York lawmaker suggested there is common ground Democrats and Republicans may find, if they're willing to identify and act against the "real enemy." As Republican Tom Reed sees it, it's not the guns.


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Are you a Bernie Sanders supporter who loathes the thought of backing Hillary Clinton? Perhaps you're a Republican who can't bring yourself to pick Donald Trump? The Libertarian Party believes there are plenty of you out there, and are sending a message: our candidate and platform have plenty to offer both your camps.


A lot of sports for young people could be very different in the near future, with a county concussion training mandate expected to come down as early as next week.


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The legislature was closing down on an end of session  deal that would strip convicted lawmakers of their pensions, extend mayoral control of New York City schools for one more year and legalize Daily Fantasy sports gambling.


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Members of the Erie County Legislature quizzed County Attorney Michael Siragusa Thursday afternoon about public dollars spent on outside legal advice regarding a part-time job pursued by one legislator. The County Attorney insists there was no prodding by the County Executive's office to seek a legal opinion, but Republicans on the Legislature aren't buying it.


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With the State Legislature set to end its session on Thursday, State Senator Patrick Gallivan is hoping his proposed terrorist registry bill - which was passed by his peers - will come up for a vote in the Assembly.

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