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New York's political primary election has been over for more than two weeks, but the long vote count is continuing at the Erie County Board of Elections, checking more than 151,000 paper ballots.

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After calling it too soon to concede or claim victory in the 27th Congressional District special election, Democratic candidate Nate McMurray spoke Friday of focusing on November, when he'll have a rematch against Republican Chris Jacobs and, as McMurray sees it, the Trump agenda itself.

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Despite a higher than usual number of absentee ballots left to be counted, Republican State Sen. Chris Jacobs declared victory Tuesday night in the special election for New York’s 27th Congressional district, as well as the three-way primary for who will represent the GOP in the race for the seat this November.

 

Erie County Board of Elections workers counted what votes they could late Tuesday night and went home, knowing Wednesday would be just as tough as the last week or two. They are waiting for the U.S. Postal Service to arrive.

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Western New York Sen. Robert Ortt is the New York State Senate's new minority leader.

 

Early voting for next week's presidential and state primaries, as well as for the a special election in the 27th congressional district, continues through Sunday.

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Congressman Tom Reed, a Southern Tier Republican, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise are calling for an independent investigation of how five states, including New York, managed COVID patients and nursing homes as the coronavirus pandemic was growing. Governor Andrew Cuomo, they say, defied guidelines by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services when ordering nursing homes to take in patients who had tested positive for COVID-19.

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For the first time since Earl Brydges left the job as Republican leader in the State Senate at the end of 1972, a Western New Yorker might step back into the position However, Brydges had a majority and the new leader won't.

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The campaign of Democratic Congressional candidate Nate McMurray has filed a lawsuit against both the Democratic and Republican Erie County Board of Elections Commissioners.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order that postpones the counting of school district elections and budget votes until June 16.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said there are significant changes coming to the Buffalo Police Department, although he would not elaborate during a large gathering in MLK Park Sunday.

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As Erie County struggles with the fiscal fallout from the coronavirus crisis, a major change in the way the county operates is high on the list of proposals to balance the budget.

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Under a proposal co-sponsored by State Senator Patrick Gallivan, future declarations of emergency by the governor would have a set time limit and would include submissions of weekly updates that would be reviewed by legislators.

The Brown administration will likely be watching closely as Congress debates a proposed aid package that would send $375 billion to boost local governments that are struggling with the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal would send $1 billion to Buffalo. Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post expects the Republican-controlled Senate to reject the plan. Kelly reports the city budget faces a massive shortfall without the funding. 


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Democrats among the Erie County Legislature are calling Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw's declaration of a budget deficit "premature" and even a "power grab," while his office says making such a declaration was their duty under the county charter.

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The traditional march to the polls might wind up being a march to the post office in this COVID-19 year.

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Democratic members of the state's Board of Elections have filed an appeal of a federal judge's reinstatement of the New York presidential primary.

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A federal judge says the New York Democratic presidential primary must take place June 23 because canceling it would be unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres ruled after lawyers for withdrawn candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang argued they would otherwise be deprived of proper representation at the Democratic convention.

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City of Buffalo Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams has provided a year-to-date budget report to the Common Council, showing a deficit of $35,435,000 as of April 22.

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In an unprecedented move, New York has canceled its Democratic presidential primary that was scheduled for June 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar

A vocal proponent of the president has just been named to a top public relations job in the Trump Administration.

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Former President Barack Obama officially endorsed his former vice president, Joe Biden, on Tuesday, marking the Democratic establishment's formal consolidation around the party's presumptive presidential nominee.

As New York State lawmakers finished up the state budget Thursday, two days after the deadline, one area of contention was making changes to the state’s bail reform laws. In the end, they compromised.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said legalizing recreational marijuana is not going to be part of the state budget this year. Cuomo made his comments as the budget deadline approached with no agreement on how to close a $15 billion budget gap, caused by the fallout from the coronavirus.


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The deadline for the state budget is midnight March 31, and lawmakers, facing a massive deficit, are meeting at the State Capitol, which is off-limits to the public. Meanwhile, yet another legislator has tested positive for the coronavirus.


State lawmakers have just one week until the state budget is due, and despite the coronavirus outbreak, they say they intend to meet the deadline and will use precautions to avoid meeting in large groups.They face a daunting task of putting together a spending plan while a multibillion-dollar deficit grows each day.


Town of Tonawanda

It sounded the same, with the same legal requirements, the same contract approvals, the same memorial resolutions. Monday evening's Tonawanda Town Board meeting was a mix of the traditional and the modern, a meeting in cyberspace.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is among those calling on the federal government to invoke the Defense Production Act so the Trump Administration can order factories to produce badly needed hospital gear to combat the coronavirus. Cuomo also says he’s looking at ways to allow mail-in balloting for the April 28 presidential primary.


New York City Public Schools will close until April 20 and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering all downstate non-essential state workers to stay home starting Monday. But he says the legislative session will continue as planned this week, despite two state lawmakers now sick with the coronavirus.


Despite growing coronavirus concerns, the New York State Capitol is so far staying open to the public, and the legislature is continuing to meet -- although Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's considering banning visitors to the Capitol at some point in the near future.


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