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Next time you travel to downtown Buffalo for work, play or a weekend stay, you can park in one of the city's auto ramps and charge your electric car. The chargers were officially unveiled Thursday.


A heated political landscape may lead to a higher voter turnout overall, but it hasn’t in some areas of Buffalo this afternoon.

To look at the polls, there should be runaway victories for the incumbents in today's Primary Day election. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says the numbers can't anticipate voter turnout, notably in the Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor.  Incumbent Kathy Hochul holds a sizable advantage in the polls, but McCarthy points out how her challenger, Jumaane Williams, could benefit from the support of his home borough of Brooklyn where one million registered Democrats reside.


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The Democratic primary for lieutenant governor is turning out to be closer than the governor’s race — according to the polls, anyway.


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Democrat Kathy Hochul has served as Lieutenant Governor since 2015. This year she is facing a primary challenge for that post.

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Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Jumaane Williams used this weekend to do some campaigning in Western New York. The Brooklyn Councilmember is challenging current incumbent Kathy Hochul, saying he will be an independent advocate for all New Yorkers.

The business of the evenly divided New York State Senate remains stalled, as advocacy groups pressed for their bills to be acted on before the session ends in two weeks.

In a spirited floor fight in the state Senate, Democrats tried once again but failed to get a vote on an amendment on women’s reproductive health care. The argument over Senate procedure led to accusations that some Republican senators were trying to “mansplain” the rules to the state’s female lieutenant governor.


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The New York State Senate is experiencing its worst gridlock in nine years, with the two major factions tied at 31 members each. No legislation is moving through the chamber, but there’s lots of finger-pointing.

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The $17.7 million Packet Boat Landing Apartments in Lockport are now officially open.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released his tax returns for last year, showing a combined federal and state tax bill of nearly $55,000. 

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As a stalemate continues in a casino compact dispute between New York State and the Seneca Nation, local municipalities that depend on casino cash are feeling the strain. In Niagara Falls, they've already scaled back projects including road repairs.


State budget good for seniors, Hochul and Wallace say

Apr 12, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Local seniors gathered inside the Town of Cheektowaga's Senior Center on Broadway were visited Wednesday by special guests. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and State Assemblymember Monica Wallace joined Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski to explain where millions of dollars were set aside in the new state budget to support New York's more elderly citizens.

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A newly-released poll by Remington Research Group suggests Governor Andrew Cuomo's re-election chances are in good shape among Democratic voters ahead of the party's New York State Primary. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, however, is in an apparent tighter race against a New York City Councilman. However, many including Hochul are pointing out that the survey was commissioned by a former longtime aide of her former election rival.


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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul offered a response to Republicans who, earlier this week, took aim at the Buffalo Billion during an appearance by gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro.

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Young patients at John. R Oishei Children’s Hospital received a warm and fuzzy gift Friday morning. The good tidings came in the form of thousands of blankets donated by Western New Yorkers.

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said Monday that New York State, which has set a goal of fifty percent solar energy usage by the year 2030, has expanded its solar energy by 1000 percent since 2011. She joined a group of educators and renewable energy advocates at McKinley High School to make the announcement.


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Yet another housing adaptive reuse project has had a ribbon-cutting, appropriately in a former mattress factory in Hamlin Park.

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"Together we resist. Together we rise up. Together."

Activist and college professor Tanya Loughead led the chant, early in Sunday's Women's Solidarity March in Buffalo. The event drew thousands to the steps of City Hall, marching through downtown and then back to City Hall for more speeches - an outgrowth of the national march in Washington, D.C. exactly a year before and a protest against the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

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Business leaders and local elected officials were both celebrating the announcement Monday morning that for the first time in seven years, flights directly to Albany will again be available from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.


Debate over New York State's economic development policies, and their impact on Western New York, has spread beyond an exchange between a local state lawmaker and the head of a key development agency.  A statewide government watchdog agency and the Lieutenant Governor have also offered differing points of view.


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New York’s Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, is marking the 100 year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the state. But, as Hochul told WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt in an interview, women still have a ways to go to gain true equality.   


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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was among a group celebrating the centennial of New York women getting the right to vote in Kenmore Sunday.

The state’s lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, says “there’s no tolerance for harassment in the workplace” in New York State following revelations that a former top Cuomo economic development official paid $50,000 to a woman who says he sexually harassed her.


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A new attraction has opened at the Cave of the Winds in Niagara Falls, offering guests a year-round facility to learn about the natural wonder's history. It's also the latest completed project in an overall $70 million investment to update Niagara Falls State Park.


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A key member of the Cuomo administration's Western New York economic development operation has left his job in state government.

He was remembered as a man who lived by the values of his careers in the military and Buffalo Police Department. And as one of those speaking at his funeral put it, Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner is a hero not because of how he died but because of how he lived.


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The chocolate just seems to stand out better against the revived and redecorated Parkside Candy store in North Buffalo. Public officials turned out Tuesday for the ribbon-cutting on a $250,000 rehabilitation of the sweets mecca.

NYS getting $25M for mobile addiction centers

Sep 15, 2017
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul's office

New York State is getting $25 million in federal funds to help fight the opioid addiction epidemic.

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One industry's waste water is another's ideal resource to grow its supply. A new partnership pairs a Chautauqua County beverage maker with a fish growing operation that will use by-products from the former to help feed the stock that will, one day, be served to a hungry customer.


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