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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Federal Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will be in Buffalo Tuesday, speaking to a meeting on job training and minority job placement in Bennett High School. The local native is being spoken about as a possible vice presidential running mate for Hillary Clinton.

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On Sunday, Senator Charles Schumer urged major landline and mobile phone carriers to make robocall-blocking technology available to consumers.

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New York State's Republican leaders have wrapped up their state convention in Buffalo, officially nominating Wendy Long as their candidate to face US Senator Charles Schumer in November.

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Two challengers in the race for Erie County District Attorney are taking aim at the Acting DA, charging that the latter's proposed reforms to the county's Code of Ethics smack of hypocrisy.

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Proposed changes to Erie County's Code of Ethics were the topic of discussion by members of the Legislature's Government Affairs Committee, who had questions for the Acting District Attorney who is recommending them.


Donald Trump's presidential campaign got its first endorsement Wednesday from a sitting member of Congress and that congressman represents parts of Western New York.

Cuomo pushes paid family leave during Buffalo visit

Feb 17, 2016
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This year's legislative agenda will be about "a fight for fairness for New York's working families." So said Governor Andrew Cuomo while pitching for paid family leave during a visit to Buffalo on Wednesday.

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Former Tonawanda Town Justice John Flynn has gained the official backing of the Erie County Democratic Committee in his run for District Attorney.

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.