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The political fallout from alleged sexual harassment by Sam Hoyt is turning into a political battle between the leaders of Erie County's two main political parties.

A new poll finds that the ballot question on whether to hold a constitutional convention in New York has become widely unpopular with voters.


A payment of $50,000 to an unidentified woman by Sam Hoyt, the former head of the state regional economic developmental agency, to secure a confidentiality agreement is sparking controversy. In his weekly conversation with WBFO, Bob McCarthy reviews his reporting on the matter. The timeline raises questions of whether high-level state officials were aware of the situation; and, if so, why did they not act upon it earlier?


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Congressman Tom Reed, a New York Republican who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, joined House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday to send a message to the governors of New York and California: we'll do our part to lower taxes and if you're willing to do the same, we'll work with you.


Local members of Congress split by party on tax bill vote

Oct 27, 2017

Congressional Democrats in New York are criticizing a federal budget approved by the House on Thursday that paves the way for a tax reform plan that could include the elimination of the state and local deduction, or SALT.

New York’s leaders are continuing to struggle with actions in Congress on the federal budget and tax overhaul that could adversely affect the state’s finances.


There is some misinformation on social media regarding a key ballot item in next month’s elections on whether to hold a constitutional convention.

The heavy presence of political signs littered about Hamburg, Amherst and Lancaster reveal hotly-contested races for key positions in those towns. It's a different story in Buffalo as Primary Day essentially determined which Democrats would hold key city offices. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, those trends may boost Republicans to victory in three countywide races.


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The Federal Historic Tax Credit, which local economic development and preservation leaders say has made dozens of local projects possible, may be eliminated under the tax reform proposal put forth by the Trump Administration. Supporters of the tax credit, including one local congressman, say it's important to keep it alive.


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Attorneys for former New York State Senator George Maziarz filed new motions Friday morning in Albany to have public corruption charges dismissed.


Bunny for Congress

Former Assistant District Attorney and veteran prosecutor Sean Bunny has announced his candidacy for Congress.

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We walk up the trail to the summit of Hadley Mountain in the southern Adirondacks, fallen leaves crunching underfoot. The wind picks up a bit as we climb up the fire tower for the panoramic view.

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No more elephants under the big top in New York State.

Western New York proved to be productive ground Wednesday for Vice President Mike Pence. As Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy reports, Pence attended a fundraiser at Salvatore's that earned $400,000 for Republican Party efforts. The visit also featured a discussion with local small businesses who heard Pence pitch the benefits of the Trump Administration's tax overhaul plan, a proposal that has been blasted by the leaders of New York State's Democratic Party.


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Vice President Mike Pence spent several hours in suburban Buffalo Tuesday, supporting a local Congressman and taking part in a roundtable discussion inside a local business. He was greeted by dozens of protesters at one event but then welcomed by more friendly bystanders at his second stop.


Vice President Pence in Buffalo today

Oct 17, 2017
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Vice President Mike Pence is in Buffalo Tuesday, where he is meeting with area business and community leaders to talk about the need for tax reform and attending a political fundraiser.

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A wide variety of groups have spent over $1.3 million dollars to urge voters to vote no on  holding a Constitutional Convention. As Karen DeWitt reports, the opponents have far outspent a smaller number of advocates who urge a yes vote on the November ballot. 


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Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) got an earful from an angry crowd in Seneca County over the weekend. He tried to keep things calm at the Romulus Central School town hall on Saturday, but tempers frequently boiled over.

Governor Cuomo now says he’s returning all of the money donated to his campaign from disgraced film executive Harvey Weinstein.


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A congressional probe of Rep. Chris Collins says there is "substantial reason" to believe the Clarence Republican may have been involved in insider trading on an Australian biotech stock, a violation of federal law.

New Yorkers have the power on Nov. 7 to decide whether some state officials convicted of a felony should be stripped of their pensions.


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A citizen coalition's lawsuit to block a planned shutdown of  the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center has been allowed to proceed. On Wednesday, a motion by the state to dismiss their lawsuit was denied in State Supreme Court.


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Officials from Batavia Downs Gaming delivered a big check to the Erie County Comptroller's office on Wednesday. They also delivered a message that their checks to local communities could be larger, if Governor Cuomo would level the tax playing field for the Western New York facility.

For many years, local Democratic Party candidates sought the endorsement of the Conservative Party. According to  Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, the endorsement boosted vote totals and served to separate a candidate's identity from downstate Democrats. That trend is fading, apparently with encouragement from local Democratic officials.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is more prominent on the national stage these days, leading some to wonder whether he is running for president.


A new poll finds waning support for a constitutional convention in New York. The issue is on the ballot in November.


A Siena Research Institute poll suggests while President Donald Trump may be a native New Yorker, most folks in the state neither like him nor approve of his job performance. That same survey of registered New York voters also offers mixed results for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is now less than a year away from a re-election bid.


Democrats enjoy a significant edge over Republicans in Erie County when it comes to party affiliations among registered voters. As Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy analyzed during his weekly discussion with WBFO, that advantage often comes up short on Election Day. Republicans are favored to hold onto three countywide posts in November: County Clerk, County Comptroller and Sheriff.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he may have to call a special session in December to deal with potential funding cuts from Washington that he calls part of a “federal assault” on New York.

New York could be facing its first major shortfall in several years, partly due to falling tax collections and federal health care and other policy changes. That could leave the state with billions less in state aid.

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