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Testimony at an Assembly hearing Monday grew heated as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development chair defended some faltering job creation programs.


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Assemblymember Ray Walter is kicking off his 6th Annual Christmas in July Toy Drive Monday.

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A proposed boost in college aid for New York State students has come to a halt in an Assembly committee. The development has drawn the ire of the legislation's co-sponsor, Amherst Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter.

There's significant disagreement over the economic impact of the just-approved increase in the state minimum wage. As part of the new state budget, New York's minimum wage will rise to $15 in New York City and at least $12.50-an-hour upstate over the course of several years.

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During a recent meeting in Amherst, many in attendance seemed startled by the death toll in their town from overdoses of heroin and prescription drugs. Western New York’s state legislators are saying Albany has to deal with the scourge of drugs.


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Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz easily rolled by his Republican challenger Ray Walter celebrating a reelection victory.  Poloncarz won a second four year-term as Erie County Executive. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on what Poloncarz wants to accomplish in the next four years.

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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.

The race for Erie County Executive has been unusually quiet, with both candidates shying away from the accusations and personal attacks that have become political staples. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy anticipates that changing following Tuesday's debate at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.


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The race for Erie County Executive heated up Wednesday night in the WNED|WBFO studios with a debate between incumbent Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz and his opponent, Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter. Among the many issues debated were Child Protective Services, taxes and last November's snow removal response.


With tonight's televised debate, the contest for Erie County Executive is expected to heat up. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy, one of the debate panelists, says until now the contest had been a "sleepy race."


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is responding to claims that he covered up a criminal investigation. Though Poloncarz may have referred the matter to the AG's office, Republican County Executive candidate Ray Walter says taxpayers should have been informed.


On the long calendar of legislation pending in Albany as the session winds down, one of the most-discussed is a proposal to allow professional Mixed Martial Arts fighting. The proposal has been blocked in recent years by former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.


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With a packed house of Democrats in the hall in County Executive Mark Poloncarz' home city of Lackawanna, the incumbent made his re-election candidacy official with a rousing call for another term Tuesday evening.

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With the top of party tickets set, the political campaign for 2015 is underway. Democratic incumbent Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will face off against Republican state Assemblyman Ray Walter.

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New York State Assemblyman Ray Walter will be throwing his hat in the ring for the County Executive's race today.

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State Senator Marc Panepinto returned to his roots in the Ken-Ton school district Monday to push for opting out of today's ELA tests.

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Erie County legislator Edward Rath III is the latest Republican to announce he will not challenge Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz in this year's county executive race.

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Six area Assembly members have banded together to call for the resignation of Speaker Sheldon Silver, following his arrest on Thursday on corruption charges. They say the business of the people is at stake.

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A potential legal issue has arisen in the race for the 146th State Assembly seat.

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New York's rules about natural gas "fracking" have become more complicated following a ruling by the state's highest court that local governments can ban the gas drilling process.

With the legislative session in Albany scheduled to end Thursday, a vote is possible on a bill to legalize medical marijuana. Some members of the region's delegation say they could support a bill, provided strict controls are attached.

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With drivers hitting more and more potholes lately, local highway superintendents and state legislators are calling for more road funding.

Local assemblyman calls on King to resign

Jan 29, 2014
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Assemblyman Ray Walter is calling for New York State Education Commissioner John King to resign. The call comes after King spoke at an education budget hearing in Albany Tuesday.

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Advocates and opponents of legalizing medical marijuana turned out for a state Assembly hearing Thursday in Buffalo City Hall.