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In an unusual move six days before the election, Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty crossed party lines on Wednesday to endorse Joseph Treanor, the Republican and Conservative candidate for D.A.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The long-dominant Seneca Party took complete control of Seneca Nation government in Tuesday's election.

New York State Senate

This year's election could determine which party controls the New York Senate, possibly giving Democrats the keys to state government.

New York Senior Senator Charles Schumer, in the only debate with his opponent, broadcast on Time Warner Cable, said he’s “appalled” by FBI director James Comey’s actions, including  the decision announced Friday  to re-examine emails from Hillary Clinton’s top aide for evidence of misuse of classified materials.

Erie County DA candidates debate at WNED|WBFO Studios

Oct 27, 2016
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The candidates running to be Erie County's next district attorney squared off in a debate in the WNED|WBFO Studios Thursday morning. Democrat John Flynn and Republican Joseph Treanor III participated in a 50-minute debate heard live on WBFO.

Erie County DA contenders debate at St. Joe's

Oct 25, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute hosted its annual candidates' debate this morning. This year, the participants were the contender for Erie County District Attorney.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says his office needs better oversight of state economic development contracts, in light of a corruption scandal that has led to criminal charges against Governor Cuomo’s former top aide, other Cuomo Administration associates and two major upstate developers. Karen DeWitt sat down with DiNapoli this week to talk about that and other topics, including  a drop in state revenues of nearly three quarter of a billion dollars so far this year, and his predictions for the elections.

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The panel formed to consider proposed pay raises for New York State legislators has until mid November to submit its recommendation. There are differences in opinion among lawmakers, downstate and upstate, whether they need to earn larger checks.

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Local Democrats are using some of Donald Trump's statements to attack local Republicans, saying candidates on this year's ballot should be distancing themselves away from a man who says he may not accept the results of the election if he loses.

The Buffalo News

On Thursday, October 27, candidates for Erie County District Attorney will meet at the WNED|WBFO studios for a debate on issues facing county voters.

New York Comptroller State Thomas DiNapoli is weighing in on bid-rigging allegations related to Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development programs. The Comptroller, who says his office was cut out of the process,  is urging stronger oversight.

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Lewd comments made by Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump in a leaked 2005 video are drawing sharp criticism from Western  New York leaders on both sides of the political aisle.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen Dewitt

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, speaking Thursday at a panel on corruption in state government at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, took a shot at some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's actions.

Cuomo implicated in Bridgegate cover-up

Oct 6, 2016
Julio Cortez / Associated Press

The governors of New York and New Jersey were involved in covering up Bridgegate early on, star witness David Wildstein said in federal court in Newark Tuesday.

NPR vice presidential debate fact-check

Oct 4, 2016

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

Tonight it will be the vice presidential hopefuls’ turn to debate. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence haven’t received nearly the attention that their running mates have gotten thus far, but tonight’s debate could help determine who is elected this November.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Three top Erie County leaders put away their political hatchets and, instead, put together a package of major changes in the county charter.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign says it will "set aside" $350,000 it received from LPCiminelli and COR Development executives facing federal corruption charges.

New York Now

The criminal charges against nine of Governor Cuomo’s associates is only the latest incident in a wave of corruption that has enveloped the state capital for the past several years. When Cuomo first became Governor in 2011, he promised to do something about it. So far, he has not been successful. 

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The presidential debate drew a good crowd to the North Park Theatre Monday night. Judging by those who were willing to talk afterwards, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the debate.

4 Things To Watch At The First Presidential Debate

Sep 26, 2016

The first presidential debate tonight is shaping up to be one of the most-watched political events ever, with a potentially Super Bowl-size audience.

Here are four things to watch for as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump take the stage at Hofstra University on Long Island.

1. Which Trump shows up

Donald Trump "won" the primary debates by dominating his opponents, often by name-calling and bluster. This one will be different.


Jeremy Zellner will remain the Chair of the Erie County Democratic Committee.

He was unanimously re-elected on Saturday at the biennial reorganization meeting. He was first elected back in 2012.  Zellner says the unanimous vote is a symbol of the unity and strength among democrats in Erie County.

 Statement by Chairman Jeremy Zellner:

Associated Press

A former Cuomo administration official is among those named in a criminal complaint by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara that alleges kickback and bribery schemes carried out over several years. Many of those illegal acts, the complaint alleges, involve the governor’s much-touted upstate economic development programs, including the Buffalo Billion.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York City has announced the arrests of nine people in what it calls the "show-me-the-money culture in Albany." The arrests include a former aide to Governor Cuomo and three executives with local developer LPCiminelli in the Buffalo Billion federal probe. 

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Hillary for New York Monday launched its general election campaign office in Buffalo. This is one of a number of regional offices the campaign plans to open throughout New York State in the coming weeks.

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Democratic leaders will be opening a general election campaign headquarters for Hillary Clinton in Buffalo Monday.

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State GOP Chairman Ed Cox is a veteran of presidential politics, having worked for three administrations. Ronald Reagan was the last Republican to carry the state, but Cox believes Trump "has the big 'mo,' big momentum," behind him and Hillary Clinton is "fading."

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The interviewing tables were turned on Susan Arbetter Tuesday night, and she said the change made it "uncomfortable." The award-winning host of public radio's "The Capitol Pressroom" was interviewed by Investigative Post Executive Director Jim Heaney before an audience at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

After the death of Assemblymember Bill Nojay, Republican leadership throughout the 133rd Assembly District urged voters to still vote for Nojay in Tuesday’s GOP primary. The voters responded.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It took less than an hour after polls closed Tuesday night for the primary winners to emerge in the race for the 60th State Senate District. While Amber Small and Chris Jacobs both celebrated quick wins against their respective opponents, both were already looking ahead to the general election in November.