Marc Panepinto

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Former State Senator Marc Panepinto has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor public corruption charge in federal court. The plea carries a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a heavy fine. 


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"Well, Yogi Berra said, ' Its not over 'til it's over.'"

Carl Paladino has filed a complaint with the state court system regarding his removal from the Buffalo School Board last year. It targets a judge who heard his case and her husband.

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Assemblyman Sean Ryan has decided not to run for the seat being vacated by State Senator Marc Panepinto.


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A City Honors fight over volunteer softball coaches brought angry players and parents to the school board meeting Wednesday night.


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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It was a twist-filled week for political wags who are closely watching the race for the 60th State Senate, a seat that could play a pivotal role in shaping Albany's balance of power.

In the span of several days, the following developments occurred:

* Democratic incumbent Marc Panepinto, who has only served in the State Senate for 14 months, stunned observers by announcing he will not seek reelection.

* The state’s primary ethics agency reportedly launched an initial inquiry into complaints surrounding Panepinto’s office.

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Chris Jacobs, the Erie County Clerk and former Buffalo School Board member, is now officially a candidate for the New York State Senate seat that will be soon given up by its current holder.

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Western New Yorkers will be dealing with that rarest of political prizes in the State Legislature: an open seat following Senator Marc Panepinto's decision to not run for a second term.


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State Senator Marc Panepinto will not seek re-election in the 60th District, even after securing the Democratic Party's endorsement for another term.

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Nearly eight years after a major funding cut for capital improvements, several state lawmakers and labor organizers representing Western New York are calling for a so-called "math error" to be corrected.

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Elevator-related accidents in 2015 killed at least five people across New York, including a worker last month at Tonawanda Coke. To improve safety, state Senator Marc Panepinto is pushing a bill mandating training for elevator mechanics.

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The Department of Public Works facility needs quite the touch up. But instead of spending dollars for repairs at each location, Mayor Byron Brown is pushing for funds to consolidate them into one new facility.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said 82-school districts are in 'fiscal stress'.  Eight districts are listed as 'Significant Stress'. That includes the West Seneca Central School District.

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Some members of the region's state delegation disagree over Governor Cuomo's $145 billion budget, though the reactions are generally mixed along party lines.


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The vacant Michael J. Dillon U.S. Courthouse in downtown Buffalo, which is in walking distance of several other courts in Buffalo, is an ideal location for the University at Buffalo Law School, according to State Senator Marc Panepinto.

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With the future of the Scajaquada Expressway studied for years, State Senator Mark Panepinto says it's time for the State Department of Transportation to make a decision.


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Lawmakers from the New York State Senate will resume work next Tuesday as they try to bring the legislative session to a close.

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The question in Albany is, will Dean Skelos still be Senate majority leader by noon Monday? Republicans are meeting at 11 a.m. to decide his fate.


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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.

Lawmaker seeks change to abuse statute

Feb 6, 2015
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Efforts are being made to repeal New York State's statue of limitations in response to claims recently brought forward by two victims of child sexual abuse.

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Republicans may have a solid majority in the State Senate but this area's newest Senate Democrat says he can work across the aisle and get things done.

There are growing calls in Albany for a special prosecutor to investigate police encounters with unarmed citizens that end in the death of the person.  Senate Democrats are the latest to ask for immediate action in the wake of the death of Eric Garner and other recent incidents.

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Supporters of public schools protested outside the Buffalo school board meeting room Wednesday.

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Democrat Marc Panepinto and Republicans Robert Ortt and Angela Wozniak were among the big winners on Election Day, winning seats in the state legislature.

McCarthy reviews local Congressional races

Oct 15, 2014

In sharp contrast to 2012 when Chris Collins ousted incumbent Congresswoman Kathy Hochul in a hard fought battle, the local 2014 Congressional races aren't likely to present similar drama. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, the closest race may be for the seat currently held by Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed.

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Control of the State Senate next year may be decided in the 60th Senate district. After a pair of bruising primary battles, the race to the November election is expected to be fierce and expensive.