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Mychajliw joins Republican race for NY-27

Jan 22, 2020
votestefan.com

After months of speculation, Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw made it official Tuesday. He is running for Congress.

U.S. Census Bureau

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is announcing that an additional $10 million will be in his new state budget to help with the 2020 national census and to make sure that as many New Yorkers as possible are counted.


National Public Radio

Chris Collins will learn his fate Friday afternoon in a Manhattan courtroom. 

 

Perhaps no one but U.S. District Court Judge Vernon Broderick knows what Collins’ sentence will be, but hundreds of pages of court documents filed over the last week and a half may provide some insight.

 

Evan Vucci / AP

Southern Tier congressman Tom Reed has been named Honorary Campaign Chairman for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign in New York.

The backlash to New York’s new law that ends most forms of cash bail continues at the Capitol, but the Senate leader said she does not want to rush to change the reforms until they are given a chance to work. The law went into effect on Jan. 1.


Over the last two decades, eight different politicians have held the seat in New York's 60th Senate district. As Geoff Kelly points out, Republicans and Democrats have struggled to stay in the seat, though some have used the post to jump to other offices. Byron Brown was the senator before turning his sights on Buffalo's City Hall. Now, Chris Jacobs is leaving the senate as he seeks a spot in Washington as the congressman for New York's 27th District. Kelly speculates on who will next serve a district where a moderate approach to politics seems necessary.


Tonight on WNED-TV, Frontline will air the final segment of its  two-part documentary: "America's Great Divide: From Obama to Trump." The series focuses on the nation's increasingly bitter, divided and toxic politics. It's a familiar theme for UB's Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Doctor James Campbell. In 2016, he addressed the topic at the beginning of the Trump Presidency with his book, "Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America." 


Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

The special election to fill out former Rep. Chris Collins' term in the 27th Congressional District will apparently be held April 28, the same day the state's presidential primary will be held.

Niagara Falls needs volunteers for government. The city has an array of boards, commissions and agencies looking for citizen volunteers to make to make decisions.

National Public Radio

A family man who had a momentary lapse of judgment. A businessman who used public office to increase his personal wealth.

 

The approximately 170 letters filed in U.S. District Court this week paint very different pictures of disgraced former Congressman Chis Collins. 


 

Thinking of running for elected office?

Jan 10, 2020
Mike Desmond / WBFO News

So you're thinking of running for office. Perhaps you don't like the policies of your current representative—or a position just opened up because of a retirement, scandal or election result. Where do you start? The Masten Resource Center is one place. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, a nationally renowned political "campaign fixer" will be in Buffalo to share her experience.

New York State Senate

Democrats who lead the state Senate approved several measures on Thursday to make it easier to vote. But a newly energized Republican minority wanted to talk about other topics, such as worries about undocumented immigrants voting and whether to repeal recently enacted bail reform measures.


Governor's Office

There was a somber tone to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 10th State of the State message in a year where the state is facing a $6 billion deficit and reeling from a recent spate of hate crimes, including a stabbing incident at a rabbi’s house outside New York City.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

Lawyers for an ex-U.S. congressman say he is humbled and remorseful after pleading guilty to conspiracy in an insider trading scheme and should face no time behind bars.

WBFO file photo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to deliver his State of the State message on Wednesday, at a time when New York faces its worst budget deficit in a decade. WBFO will provide live coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m.


Democrats are opening the door to changes on New York's bail reform law as the legislative session begins this week. New York's bail law, which went into effect at the beginning of the year, did away with money bail and pretrial detention for a wide majority of low-level cases and nonviolent felonies. Law enforcement officials and Republicans have spent months raising red flags on the changes, but their criticism caught more fervor in the last week as courts across the state have released people who would have remain behind bars under the old rules.

Among some top state Democrats, there are some cracks in the support for criminal justice reforms in 2020 that have eliminated most forms of cash bail. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's attorney general are among those now saying they are open to making some changes.


Ontario County Sheriff's Office

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, who was arrested New Year’s Eve for drunken driving, has resigned his leadership post, saying he does not want his personal challenges to "distract from the goals" of the Republicans in the Assembly. Kolb has served as minority leader for 10 years and will remain a member of the Assembly.

When George Borrello was elected to the state senate in November, it set off a whirlwind of maneuvers in Chautauqua County government. Borrello vacated his post as Chautauqua County Executive, a position temporarily filled by Stephen Abdella as Acting County Executive. In December, County Legislator P.J. Wendel was nominated to take over as County Executive in 2020. While that promotion became official Thursday following a vote of the County Legislature, there could be more movement in the coming year.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Newly-re-elected Erie County Legislature Chair April Baskin said there is a lot for legislators to do this year and she hopes they can work together after a rough election campaign.

New York State Department of Health

Over the New Year’s holiday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York’s health care providers will see a 1% drop in the reimbursements they receive for the government-funded Medicaid health care program. It’s part of an effort to reduce a multi-billion-dollar budget gap that the state is facing.


Erie County Executive's Office

The runner-up in November’s election for Erie County executive and the former mayor of Lackawanna have new jobs in county government.

Ryan Zunner / WBFO News

Ellicott District representative Darius Pridgen will continue to lead Buffalo’s Common Council as president in 2020.

Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET

Julián Castro, the only Latino candidate in the Democratic field, has ended his presidential campaign.

Castro released a video on Twitter on Thursday, saying that his campaign had "stood up for the most vulnerable people" and had "given a voice to those who are often forgotten."

He adds in the video: "I'm not done fighting. I'll keep working toward a nation where everyone counts."

Castro served as secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama administration and, before that, was mayor of San Antonio, Texas.

NY.Assembly.Gov

One of New York State’s legislative leaders is facing a drunk driving charge. State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb was arrested on New Year's Eve after a property damage accident in Ontario County.


Kyle S. Mackie/WBFO News

Mark Poloncarz identified poverty, health and wellness, and the economy as the top priorities for his third term as Erie County Executive during his inauguration ceremony Tuesday.

Jon Rivera

Jon Rivera, an administrator in Erie County’s Department of Public Works, is now vying to become Buffalo’s Assembly member.

 

Rivera, a special assistant to the Erie County commissioner of Public Works, announced his candidacy for the 149th State Assembly District on Friday. A Democrat, he’ll look to replace fellow Democrat Sean Ryan, who is vacating the seat to run for state Senate.

 

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Much of the institutional memory of the Common Council left the chamber Monday after the gavel sound of adjournment. Councilmembers David Franczyk and Richard Fontana walked up the stone stairs, ending a combined 54 years in office.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

A prominent New York Republican said her party can hold the congressional seat vacated by Chris Collins, part of his felony guilty plea to insider trading.

NYSenate.Gov

State Sen. Rich Funke of the Rochester area is the latest Republican lawmaker to announce he will not seek re-election. Funke joins seven other minority-party senators who say they are moving on to other things after less than a year under Democratic rule in the Senate.


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