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India Walton slated to be Buffalo’s next mayor, defeating incumbent Byron Brown in big upset

India Walton, a political newcomer and self-described socialist, appeared to claim an upset victory over longtime Buffalo mayor Byron Brown in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, setting her up to become the city’s first female mayor and the nation’s first socialist mayor in six decades.

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Analysis: Erie County party chairmen take 'a gut punch' with several primary upsets

Outside Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s campaign headquarters Tuesday night, there was a large sign with the words “We are Living in an Extraordinary Time." And as primary elections go, that was certainly the case when Brown was ousted by India Walton, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist and Black Lives Matters activist that will become the city’s first female mayor.

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Environmental groups say there were some wins in the recently concluded New York state legislative session, including a new constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to clean air and water. But business groups say the provision could lead to complications.

Updated June 23, 2021 at 12:31 PM ET

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot always enter a home without a warrant when pursuing someone for a minor crime.

The court sent the case back to the lower court to decide if the police violated the rights of a California man by pursuing him into his garage for allegedly playing loud music while driving down a deserted two-lane highway late at night."

Today the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces new grants for arts and culture organizations under President Biden's American Rescue Plan. The pandemic relief fund set aside $135 million for both the arts and humanities endowments, nearly double the amount that was available to cultural groups in President Trump's CARES Act. Eligibility requirements for NEA grants have also been modified to allow for a broader pool of applicants.

Four people, all wearing masks, stand holding signs that read "FUND THE FUTURE!" "RAISE THE WAGE!" "don't discriminate, Pay a living rate!" and "STOP ( with a stop sign shape) forgetting US!"
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For the past several weeks, disability community and their allies have been expressing great concern over a major gap in workers that support the every day lives of people with disabilities.

 

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After Tuesday night's primary elections, the November ballot for Erie County Sheriff will be crowded with a Democrat, a Republican, a Conservative and an Independent all hoping to replace incumbent Sheriff Tim Howard who is not running again.

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Rene Robert, a member of the Buffalo Sabres’ famed “French Connection Line,” died Tuesday at a Florida hospital less than a week after suffering a heart attack. He was 72.

The Sabres confirmed Robert’s death in a statement released by the team. Robert had been on life support since being hospitalized in Port Charlotte, Florida, in the middle of last week.

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India Walton, a political newcomer and self-described socialist, appeared to claim an upset victory over longtime Buffalo mayor Byron Brown in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, setting her up to become the city’s first female mayor and the nation’s first socialist mayor in six decades.

Outside Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s campaign headquarters Tuesday night, there was a large sign with the words “We are Living in an Extraordinary Time."

And as primary elections go, that was certainly the case when Brown was ousted by India Walton, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist and Black Lives Matters activist that will become the city’s first female mayor.

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The City of Buffalo reached a milestone in its 2021 infrastructure improvement plan. The Department of Public Works finished three major projects, paving Niagara Street, Main Street, and Walden Avenue. 

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is pictured wearing a suit at a podium. There are plants in front of him and a black backdrop behind him. Next to him is an American Sign Language interpreter.
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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has unveiled the “Renew Plan,” aimed at helping Erie County recover from the pandemic using federal aid. $123 million will go into capital repairs and improvement, county jobs, long term investments and funding the county’s Department of Health Equity. Poloncarz says while the pandemic isn’t over yet, the money should help as we get to a new normal.

“We’re not back to normal. I don't know what the new normal will be but the Renew Plan will help us get to a point that we can be proud of as we go forward,” Poloncarz said.

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced he will support changes to the military justice system that would take sexual assault cases away from the chain of command and let independent military lawyers handle them. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has long pushed for legislation on the issue, praised Austin's move but told NPR on Wednesday that it doesn't go far enough.

With cities across the country witnessing spikes in violent crime, the White House on Wednesday announced a new plan to tackle gun violence, building on President Biden's vow to make it his priority to curb America's gun violence epidemic.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot always enter a home without a warrant when pursuing someone for a minor crime.

The court sent the case back to the lower court to decide if the police violated the rights of a California man by pursuing him into his garage for allegedly playing loud music while driving down a deserted two-lane highway late at night."

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Heritage Moments: Buffalo, the Fenian Invasion and the Making of Canada

Depending on what side of the border you’re on, the story of the Fenian Invasion of June 1, 1866, is told differently. In Western New York it’s remembered as a brave fight for Irish independence against British oppression. On the Niagara Peninsula it’s a brave fight for self-defense against a surprise attack from a warlike America.

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