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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Reform advocates, most voters and Governor Andrew Cuomo want to help clean up scandal-scarred Albany by prohibiting the state's 213 legislators from making serious money on the side.  But the most recent financial filings show most lawmakers already get by without substantial outside income.

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The 2016 New York State Republican Convention will be held in downtown Buffalo.

On Sunday, Senator Charles Schumer urged his three-point federal plan that will help contain the Zika Virus outbreak.

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On Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo released a proclamation regarding four vacant government seats.

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Local supporters of Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders took to the streets of Buffalo’s Elmwood Village on Saturday afternoon. Close to 400 people of all ages are estimated to have shown up to hoist signs, hear local campaign leaders, and have their own voices heard.

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For those involved in politics, this is a very busy year, not just because this is a presidential election year, but also because there is a presidential primary vote April 19.

Governor Andrew Cuomo received a bit of good news just two days before he is to give his State of the State address. The governor and his office have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the premature closing of an ethics commission.

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On Sunday, Governor Cuomo announced the "Right Priorities" initiative as the 13th proposal in his 2016 agenda. Cuomo says it will generate reformation for incarcerated individuals and help at risk youth find jobs to keep them away from the criminal justice system.

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In the days leading to Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address, he continues to release details of his 2016 agenda.

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On Saturday Governor Andrew Cuomo accompanied by other state and Syracuse officials gathered at the New York State Fairgrounds to mark the beginning of site renovations.

On Saturday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the 11th proposal of his 2016 agenda.

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New York State's first-ever Hispanic mayor is serving in a near-by local community. Dunkirk Mayor Wilfried "Willie" Rosas took the oath of office last week after he won a landslide victory last fall.  But he faces major challenges to turn around economic development. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke to Mayor Rosas who will be recognized by Governor Andrew Cuomo at next week's State of the State Address.

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A state ethics investigation has determined that a former assemblyman from western New York mistreated and harassed female employees and abused his office by using state resources for his re-election campaign.

Paladino urges New York Republicans to back Trump

Dec 28, 2015
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While the New York Primary is just under four months away, local businessman, Buffalo School Board member and former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is encouraging Republicans to back Donald Trump's presidential bid now.

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He never considered himself a politician, even while serving two terms in office. Now, fulfilling a promise to his wife not seek a third term, Anthony Caruana is quietly ending his run as Town of Tonawanda Supervisor, a run that had plenty of achievements but little to no serious controversies.

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Campaign finance, legislative positions, and public trust in government are likely to be among the topics Governor Andrew Cuomo will bring up in his upcoming State of the State address.

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Though New York’s next gubernatorial election is more than three years away, 2010 republican candidate and Buffalo Public Schools Board Member Carl Paladino may be laying the groundwork for a second run.

Convictions prompt calls for change in Albany

Dec 14, 2015

Following the recent convictions of two former legislative leaders, New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senator Timothy Kennedy says more needs to be done to protect taxpayers. Meanwhile, the head of a government watchdog group suggests the time has come to curb potential conflicts-of-interest by making state legislators full-time employees.


Senator Charles Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo are actively pushing for ways to stop terrorism by calling on the federal government to put further restrictions on gun sales.

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The second of the state legislature’s two former leaders has now been convicted on multiple corruption charges after a jury lost no time in finding former Senate Leader Dean Skelos and son Adam guilty on all eight counts.

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As part of the 2017 general elections, voters in New York State will have the chance to decide whether the state is due for a constitutional convention. The state's second in command is urging the public to get informed ahead of that vote.

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The chairman of the Erie County Republican Party says he thought Tuesday night's GOP presidential debate was "outstanding."

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Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz cruised to victory Tuesday over his Republican challenger Ray Walter, earning a second four-year term as Erie County Executive.

Some hotly contested races are on the ballot today, including elections for Erie County executive and Niagara Falls mayor.

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The two commissioners of Erie County's Board of Elections are offering mixed thoughts on the anticipated turnout for Election Day 2015.

Schumer & Schumer urge passage of tougher gun legislation

Oct 30, 2015
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Senator Charles Schumer is a rather influential person in his own right. But he's hoping the popularity of his closest Hollywood connection - his own cousin - can help boost support for a bill he says will keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.

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Less than a week before Election Day, the challenger for Erie County Executive is accusing the incumbent of lacking a comprehensive road repair plan. The incumbent, though, says not only is a plan in place, but road spending is up over the previous administration.


Next week’s election of Speaker of the House is all but a formality, according to Congressman Chris Collins.

Local Democrats to host Clinton fundraiser November 10

Oct 23, 2015
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Local Democratic Party leadership is confirming that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in Buffalo early next month to attend a fundraiser supporting her presidential campaign.

Both parties say Biden decision benefits them

Oct 22, 2015
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The men who chair Erie County's two major political party committees typically clash on the issues. But they share the opinion that Vice President Joseph Biden's decision not to run for the White House  benefits their respective eventual nominees.