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The New York State Assembly has passed and sent on to the State Senate a bill to allow driver's licenses for people in the country illegally. Supporters of Green Light New York are excited - and showed it at a rally in front of Lafayette High School in Buffalo.

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State Senator Chris Jacobs announced Friday he is running for Congress, eyeing the 27th District and saying the man holding that seat now, Chris Collins, is ineffective in light of his pending legal problems. Jacobs' announcement drew scorn from not only Collins but also another potential challenger.

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Special Olympics New York will see $50,000 less in funds from New York State’s budget this fiscal year.

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State Senator Chris Jacobs, in collaboration with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will distribute thousands of bags specially designed to render unwanted drugs useless for purposes of safe, environmentally-friendly disposal.

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State Senator Chris Jacobs, considered by many to be a formidable challenger in the race for Erie County Executive this fall, has withdrawn his name from consideration as a Republican contender.

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Drug drop-off sites are not new, but this weekend New York joins Washington as the first two states to adopt a unified statewide drug take-back program for unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs.

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With control of the New York State Senate on the ballot Election Day, state legislation about child abuse by clergy has moved onto the political scene.

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North Buffalo's Shoshone Park will be getting a major indoor sports complex, pushed forward by $1 million in state funds and more than $1 million in city money.

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She describes herself as a progressive Democrat and small business owner with a record of service to the region's arts, education and health organizations. A Buffalo resident who grew up on Grand Island, Carima El-Behairy has announced her candidacy for the New York State Senate District 60 seat, currently held by Republican Chris Jacobs.

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Decorated WWII veteran and former prisoner of war Sydney Cole has been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Now 103, Cole served with honor and distinction for both Canadian and American forces.

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For supporters of Buffalo's Elmwood Village, the good news is major development along the popular shopping strip. The bad news is that there are a lot of vacant storefronts. However, there is a push to figure out why the gap.

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The economic comeback that has inspired so many in Buffalo of late includes significant investments by local developers.

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Domestic violence advocacy groups are getting a financial boost by way of grants from the State of New York.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to give police and prosecutors new tools in the fight against the opioid crisis.

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Although many local theater venues hosted opening performances Thursday evening, Buffalo's formal celebration of a new theater season takes place Friday evening with the 36th annual Curtain Up!

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It is a disease that does not get much attention, but for those who suffer from Lyme disease or have close family members who do, it is an awful health problem for which they say there is not much help out.


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There is an increasingly vocal group in Western New York. Its members are suffering from Lyme disease or are family members of those with the tick-borne disease. They packed an Erie Community College South auditorium Monday night to complain they are not getting the help they need.

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Local governments will have more money to spend on paving and other road repairs. The state budget boosts spending on road, bridge and other infrastructure needs, as State Senator Chris Jacobs recently announced.


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Four local police departments are receiving state public protection funds that had been approved for each agency years ago but had never been delivered.

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New York State ranks last in the nation for participation by residents in organ donor registries. So how do you change that when most people sign up at their local auto bureau when getting a driver’s license?

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The campaigns for the Erie County Clerk's office have not begun in earnest, but candidates for the post are beginning to line up.

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Western New York business leaders are praising the passage of workers’ compensation reforms in this year’s state budget.

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New York State will avoid a government shutdown after lawmakers approved a two-month stopgap spending plan Monday.

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Again this year, it looks as if state aid for schools will be the major source of problems in buttoning down a state budget by the end of the week when the current budget expires.

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The State of the State is coming to Buffalo Monday afternoon, as Governor Cuomo has moved the Constitutionally-mandated message and speech from Albany to six sites around the state. Monday morning he will deliver the address in Manhattan before flying to Buffalo for an appearance at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts.


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New York State Senator Marc Panepinto of Buffalo held his last district-wide roundtable discussion with several schools superintendents Thursday in the Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District. But it served as a first roundtable session for Senator-elect Chris Jacobs, who will take over in the 60th Senate District next month. 

While Donald Trump's victory in the Presidential election came as a surprise to many, there was one local Republican figure who believed in Trump's possibilities from the start. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, developer Carl Paladino "saw something that nobody else did, including the pollsters."


Presidential candidate Donald Trump may be losing support from some national Republican figures, but he maintains a strong following throughout Upstate New York. That's the view of Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, who notes that Congressman Chris Collins is bucking the trend by remaining firmly in the Trump camp.


Across New York, thousands of residents are getting pistol permits, with the applications rising rapidly statewide.

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State Senate candidate Chris Jacobs is proposing a reform agenda that he says, will "bring Democracy back" to Albany. The plan includes ending Albany's three men in a room culture. Jacobs, a Buffalo Republican says, to get it done he will push for creating a bipartisan "Reform Caucus" of like minded legislators from both the Senate and Assembly.

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