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Between Wednesday's Presidential Inauguration and the siege on the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., has been under heightened scrutiny recently. Jerry Zremski, Washington Bureau Chief for the Buffalo News, has been close to the activity. He was among a handful of reporters nearby as President Biden recited the oath of office.  "A lot of people who were there thought it was a very exhilarating experience," said Zremski, who was also in the Capitol as a mob stormed into the building on January 6.


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Two local Republican congressmen released separate statements Wednesday, vowing to work with newly-sworn-in President Joe Biden and his administration to help move the country forward.

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Longtime Democratic party leader Joseph F. Crangle died early Tuesday morning at his Williamsville home. He was 88.

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 The U.S. House of Representatives is debating an article of impeachment against President Trump following the violence at the U.S. Capitol. The article charges Trump with incitement of insurrection. Special coverage begins on air at 9am.

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LIVE STREAM IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN WEDNESDAY JAN. 13 AT 9 AM

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Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins is part of the growing call to have President Donald Trump removed from office after a mob last week pressed its ways into the halls of Congress, forcing Representatives to halt activities and seek safety. In a conversation this morning with WBFO, Higgins was unsparing in his assessment. "The President incited an insurrection of death and destruction against the United States Capitol." Beyond this tumultuous time, Higgins believes President-elect Joe Biden can bring healing to the Nation. Biden, Higgins says, "has demonstrated throughout his career an ability to work with both Democrats and Republicans."


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Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) wants an investigation into what happened Wednesday as a mob broke into the nation's Capitol and disrupted the last stage of the Electoral College process to elect a president of the United States.

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Congressman Chris Jacobs, a Republican representing New York's 27th Congressional District, broke his silence Wednesday by revealing he would object to the electoral votes submitted for approval on Capitol Hill.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Albany Wednesday. Watch it live here at 11:30 a.m.

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Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed said he will vote to confirm the Electoral College vote count in Wednesday’s House vote. The vote is the final act needed to verify the election of President-elect Joe Biden.

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The war of words between Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw is getting more and more down into the gutter. This time it is over ice skating.

Congress, in the relief package approved late Monday, did not include a financial bail out for states hit hard by the pandemic, leaving New York with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit going into the New Year.  The leader of the state Assembly says now is the time to push ahead with new taxes on the wealthiest, to start making up for the loss.


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Despite his guilty plea to insider trading charges in federal court, former Western New York Congressman Chris Collins is free to leave prison following a pardon from President Donald Trump. Former assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Bruce tells WBFO that Collins is no longer a convicted felon, his civil rights fully restored. Throughout his prosecution, Collins claimed innocence. Bruce dispels that assertion, pointing out how Collins had taken a guilty plea to "easily proven, egregious crime."


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With Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard not expected to seek reelection in 2021, candidates are beginning to proclaim their intention to replace him, including a long-time Amherst police officer. 

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Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard at times has said publicly he won’t enforce edicts from Albany he doesn’t agree with, like the SAFE Act gun control legislation and, more recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 10-person limit on Thanksgiving gatherings.

But to hear Steve Felano tell it, Howard hasn’t gone far enough.

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There’s still no winner in New York’s 22nd Congressional district, where Republican Claudia Tenney and Democratic Incumbent Anthony Brindisi are vying for the last undecided House seat. This week, county Boards of Elections are recounting some of the race’s ballots. The partial canvasses were ordered by an Oswego County Supreme Court justice after the Boards’ clerical errors made judicial review of hundreds of ballots challenged by the candidates impossible.

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Former President Bill Clinton and former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were among the members of New York’s Electoral College who met in person at the State Capitol on Monday to cast the unanimous vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for president and vice president.

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New York’s most powerful Democrats, including Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, will likely descend on the state capitol in Albany next week to participate in the state’s Electoral College vote, handing the state’s 29 electoral votes for former Vice President Joe Biden.

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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she is “leaning toward” supporting a modified COVID relief bill championed by Senate centrists. The $908 billion proposal unveiled earlier this week would revive a special jobless benefit at a reduced level of $300 per week, among other things. Gillibrand says she views the package as a placeholder before the Biden administration and next Congress begin in January. Gillibrand talked about COVID relief, the presidential transition and her priorities for 2021 with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Erie County

The Erie County Legislature approved County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s proposed 2021 budget Thursday with some amendments from the Democratic majority caucus. WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on the partisan-line 7-4 vote.

Over the weekend, Erie County Board of Elections Commissioners Ralph Mohr and Jeremy Zellner announced the certification of the 2020 general election.

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A new poll finds the presidential election is not settled yet for some New Yorkers. Three weeks after Election Day, 20% of respondents say it’s too early to tell who actually won.

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Monday is the last day for those involved in tough elections in Erie County to object to some votes cast, before the final count starts Tuesday.

State political figures from opposite ends of the aisle are going head-to-head in an effort to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to New York State.

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Democrat Tracy Mitrano conceded to Republican Rep. Tom Reed in New York’s 23rd Congressional District on Friday. Reed had already declared victory with more than 60% of the vote. The Associated Press had previously called the race for Reed, as well.

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In New York, absentee ballot counting is just getting underway in many counties, more than a week after Election Day. Because so many more people voted by mail, eight close State Senate seats are undecided until the ballots are processed and it’s possible the new legislative session could begin in January before some of the races are decided.

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Several minor political parties in New York are in jeopardy of losing their spot on future election ballots in the state. Recent changes to the state’s election laws require that a party garner either 130,000 votes or 2% of the total votes cast, whichever is higher, to remain on the ballot.

Updated at 1:54 p.m. ET

Former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, narrowly emerging victorious from a contentious White House campaign that stretched days past election night, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots.

ELECTION 2020: WNY results by county

Nov 6, 2020

Find your Western New York county's election results here, updated in real time.

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Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano admits there’s no path to victory in her race against Republican incumbent Tom Reed. Still, she won’t make an official statement about the outcome of the race until every vote has been counted.

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While election results won’t be official until absentee ballots are counted, one local Native American voter says that there is more than partisan politics on the line.

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