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Different ballots, different rules in New York primary

Apr 18, 2016
Erie County Board of Elections

The rules of eligibility to vote in Tuesday's New York Primary differ from the rules in other states. Here, it's open only to registered Democrats and Republicans. Also different are the ballots they'll use. Voters for one of the parties will choose not only  a presidential hopeful but also the delegates.

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz appeared in the Buffalo area Thursday.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley says one of his stops included Charlie the Butcher in Cheektowaga for lunch.

Eileen Elibol, WBFO

Local supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz admit he's highly unlikely to win next Tuesday's New York Primary. But they believe he is still capable of grabbing a few delegates from GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz held a town hall meeting in Amherst Thursday. He immediately took on a question about his comment about "New York values" and then drew cheers from the audience of about 300 invited guests when he declared, "we will beat Donald Trump in Cleveland."

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Local supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump are out making door-to-door visits and working the phones in Buffalo, days ahead of the New York Primary. And they're still taking issue with rival candidate Ted Cruz over his "New York values" comment made weeks ago.

Two new polls out before Tuesday's New York presidential primary show Donald Trump the Republican frontrunner and Hillary Clinton leading her Democratic opponent.

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An estimated 8,000 people gave Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders an enthusiastic welcome on the University at Buffalo's North Campus Monday evening. But first, the U.S. Senator from Vermont took time to address an estimated 3,000 people who couldn't get inside Alumni Arena.

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Cory Booker, a U.S. Senator from New Jersey, talked to a small group of seniors in Buffalo on Monday about the upcoming election.

Kasich comes to Rochester

Apr 11, 2016
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There is still time to announce a stop in Buffalo, but Rochester may be the closest Republican presidential candidate John Kasich will come to the local political scene.

Update your calendars. The Trump for President rally at First Niagara Center is moving to Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m., instead of Sunday, April 17.

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Hillary Clinton expressed her faith in Buffalo's future and took some credit for helping spur the city's economic rebound while serving as a U.S. Senator during a campaign push in downtown Buffalo Friday.

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It's official: Bernie Sanders will campaign in Buffalo. The surging Democratic presidential hopeful will hold a rally at the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena on Monday at 7 p.m.

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Republican frontrunner Donald Trump bring his high-profile presidential campaign to Buffalo's First Niagara Center on Sunday, April 17.

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Not everyone was happy to see former President Bill Clinton in Western New York. Although outnumbered by Hillary Clinton supporters, there were some protestors representing various sides.

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Former President Bill Clinton came to Depew on Tuesday to drum up support for his wife's own bid for the White House.

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Prior to holding a rally at the Cohoes high school, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held an event in New York City with Governor Cuomo. The former New York Senator is scheduled to appear in Buffalo this Friday.

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While many local influential Republicans and conservatives have endorsed Donald Trump for president, backers of John Kasich are hopeful the Ohio governor can still gain delegates in the New York Primary. On Wednesday, they'll meet to build more support for their candidate.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be traveling around the state for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton prior to the April 19th state primary.

Hillary Clinton to visit Buffalo next Friday

Apr 1, 2016
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Hillary Clinton brought her presidential campaign to Syracuse on Friday, less than three weeks before the New York Primary. She'll bring her campaign to Buffalo next Friday.

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State lawmakers went down to the wire Thursday night on meeting the state budget deadline and voting continued Friday, once all of the budget bills are finalized.

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With the New York Primary now less than three weeks away, presidential hopefuls are beginning to set their sights on the Empire State. Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear in Syracuse on Friday. In the meantime, an organized campaign on her behalf officially got underway in Chautauqua County Thursday.

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The race for the White House will likely wind through Western New York soon. The state's presidential primary is three weeks away and one of the nation's most powerful Democrats says New York is at play.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A midlevel state court agrees that Senator Ted Cruz can remain on New York's April 19 presidential primary ballot.

Parkside Community Association

It was a twist-filled week for political wags who are closely watching the race for the 60th State Senate, a seat that could play a pivotal role in shaping Albany's balance of power.

In the span of several days, the following developments occurred:

* Democratic incumbent Marc Panepinto, who has only served in the State Senate for 14 months, stunned observers by announcing he will not seek reelection.

* The state’s primary ethics agency reportedly launched an initial inquiry into complaints surrounding Panepinto’s office.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Chris Jacobs, the Erie County Clerk and former Buffalo School Board member, is now officially a candidate for the New York State Senate seat that will be soon given up by its current holder.

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The presidential campaign trail will find its way into the Empire State in just over a month. But some are already anticipating local campaign stops, especially one by the Republican primary front-runner.

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State Senator Marc Panepinto will not seek re-election in the 60th District, even after securing the Democratic Party's endorsement for another term.

Hogan Willig Attorneys at Law

The attorney representing a local New York State Assemblywoman issued a written response on her behalf Thursday to the sanctions placed on her following a sexual harassment complaint filed by a top aide.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Just hours before the Erie County Executive was set to deliver his State of the County Address, the county's top fiscal watchdog issued a warning that the county overestimated sales tax revenues for 2015 and could see a serious budget problem if it doesn't curb spending in 2016.

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An Assemblywoman from Western New York has been sanctioned by the Assembly ethics committee on charges she sexually harassed a male staffer.