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Assemblyman Sean Ryan is calling on the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for answers regarding cell phone surveillance. The Sheriff’s department reportedly spent over $350,000 to purchase technology which allows them to obtain private data from mobile phones.

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The original construction of the Scajaquada Expressway was a mistake and the latest proposal for changing it is also a mistake, according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

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Buffalo is looking for a new weapon against some of the city's bad property owners and landlords. The Common Council is asking for a change in the tax lien law for city properties.

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College students and businesses have something to gain from the recently enacted state budget. One area lawmaker says the local economy should benefit, as well.

CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling tobacco products is drawing praise in the cancer treatment community.

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Saying the "new Buffalo" doesn't need tax breaks to attract investment, State Assemblyman Sean Ryan is attacking the proposal to subsidize a new corporate headquarters and parking ramp for Delaware North.

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The Buffalo Zoo is another step closer to building its new polar bear exhibit. Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced Monday he has secured $400,000 to help fund construction. 

A state lawmaker is calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation to enforce the  "Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act," legislation that highlights the need for replacing the area's aging infrastructure.

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A proposed project that is designed to improve traffic flow to and from the Peace Bridge is working its way through the federal environmental review process. Residents can get an update on the plan Tuesday.

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An estimated 2,500 people turned out Wednesday night at Kleinhans Music Hall as stakeholders shared growing concerns over the classroom focus on standardized tests.

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Questions are being addressed to the Amherst Industrial Development Agency after a company has announced it is leaving the area.

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The first of two community meetings will be held tonight in Buffalo's East High School about Education Commissioner John King's plan for turning around East and Lafayette High. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, at least one state lawmaker is concerned with King's mandate.

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The 2013 legislative session in Albany is supposed to come to an end later this week, but there's no guarantee.

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Erie County's Republican party chairman says democratic State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should go in the wake of the burgeoning sex scandal in his legislative house.

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Officials cut the ribbon Friday on a dock extension along the Buffalo waterfront.

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State Assemblyman Sean Ryan was joined by State Senator Mark Grisanti on Saturday, as the pair announced legislation that would dissolve the bi-national entity that manages the Peace Bridge.

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A pair of local politicians have proposed legislation that will dissolve the authority that oversees the Peace Bridge.

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A pair of state lawmakers is pushing legislation to stop banks from abandoning property and ruining communities.

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After years of trying to get out of the waterfront redevelopment business, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is close to selling its holdings on Buffalo's Outer Harbor to another agency.

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A state audit released Tuesday calls for reforms at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

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State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo says the governor keep his word in proposing an extension of historic tax credits in his proposed budget plan.

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New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo says the state's new gun law is necessary.  Ryan is a  hunter and showed off his shotgun to reporters at a news conference in downtown Buffalo Wednesday.

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The discovery of a dog found tortured in Buffalo last month has led Assemblyman Sean Ryan to propose tougher sanctions for animal abuse.

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The bipartisan coalition that came together earlier this week to take control the New York State Senate is drawing mixed reactions from some local members of the legislature.

In the last four years, one million New York State Thruway drivers have cruised through E-ZPass lanes without paying. That failure to pay has cost the fiscally-troubled authority $35 million over four years.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan says he wants to change the law to help the authority collect the cash it is owed.

Ryan is pushing legislation criminalizes knowingly going through E-ZPass lanes, which is not currently a criminal offense. Instead, the authority sends out a collection letter along with a $25 charge, which most people don't pay.

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A state lawmaker says Tops Markets' plan to build a gas station at its store at Grant and Amherst Street is a bad idea. 

Assemblyman Sean Ryan says a gas station could pose a serious threat to the nearby Scajaquada Creek, which runs into Lake Erie.  Ryan is demanding a full review and environmental impact study.

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Assemblyman Sean Ryan won a massive victory yesterday, with Democratic voters probably sending him back to Albany for a full two-year term.

There's no Republican on the November ballot against Ryan, only Conservative Joseph Mascia who pulled a small percentage of the vote in the Democratic primary.

The incumbent rolled over long-time activist Kevin Gaughan roughly two-to-one.

New York State is getting closer to providing a higher level of tax credits for developers of historic properties as the State Senate approved a bill that would hike those credits from $five million to $12 million.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan says if the bill is approved by the Assembly next week, it would be a "win-win" for some historic Buffalo buildings.

"You have to go through the process. You have to show that you have a development plan in place, then you apply for it," said Ryan. 

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There is now a Democratic primary for the 144th State Assembly District seat held by Sean Ryan as activist Kevin Gaughan on Tuesday began circulating petitions for a race.

Gaughan and aides were on Lexington Avenue in Buffalo and on Coachman's Lane in Hamburg looking for some of the 500 signatures he needs to be on the ballot.

This was the district formerly held by Sam Hoyt. It has since been changed significantly to include Lackawanna and Hamburg after the 2010 Census.

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There's an increasing problem of misuse of prescription drugs from an increasing oversupply.

Law enforcement officials say they need controls and new Albany legislation may provide those controls.

Police have busted an array of questionable sources of prescription drugs, from a Niagara County doctor to pharmacies.

The drugs then show up in the illegal market, legal pills for illegal purposes.

State Assemblyman Sean Ryan says it's hard to keep track because prescription records only have to be submitted within 45 days.