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2 Republicans announce their run for NY governor

Apr 8, 2021

Two Republicans have jumped into the race for New York governor.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) hosted a press conference Monday in Elmira, where he continued taking a victory lap on the passage of the latest COVID-19 stimulus measure, but avoided questions about Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state budget and the SALT cap.

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Activist India Walton's bid to run for mayor of Buffalo has been dealt a severe setback.

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Opponents of legalizing marijuana in New York made a last-ditch attempt on Monday to stall the issue, saying concerns still remain over a handful of issues, including the ability to detect when someone is driving while impaired by the drug.

President Biden is holding his first news conference on Thursday and is expected to field questions on a wide range of topics, from the coronavirus to the influx of migrants at the border and his upcoming infrastructure effort.

Two months into office, President Biden will give his first news conference as president on Thursday.

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A political analyst said the loss of Rep. Tom Reed as a potential candidate for New York governor is a tremendous blow to the Republican Party. Reed had been publicly entertaining the idea of running for governor in 2022, but he announced Sunday that he would seek no public office next year.

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Rep. Brian Higgins has announced the death of former longtime Erie County Legislator Mike Fitzpatrick.

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Rep. Tom Reed has responded to an allegation made by a former lobbyist in a Washington Post story that came out Friday. In a statement released early Sunday evening, Reed, a Southern Tier Republican from Corning who has been in Congress since 2010, announced that he will not run for any elected office in 2022.

Reed accused of sexual misconduct by former lobbyist

Mar 19, 2021
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A former lobbyist is accusing Republican Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23) of sexual misconduct.

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Erie County’s COVID-19 infection rate has been falling since January and about a quarter of county residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. So Republicans in the county Legislature are questioning why County Executive Mark Poloncarz still has emergency powers.



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The growing calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment and a nursing home scandal have focused attention on the state’s second-in-command, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

At 12 p.m. Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding a live update on the current status of coronavirus in New York State. Watch it here.

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More of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s close Democratic colleagues in New York are calling for him to step down in the wake of recently sexual harassment and misconduct allegations.

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Democrats have once again introduced legislation that would restart the process of ratifying a constitutional amendment specifically codifying equal protection based upon gender in the U.S. Constitution, but only one Republican has co-sponsored the measure.

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The leader of the New York State Senate, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign and the Assembly Speaker says the governor should consider voluntarily stepping down, after two new allegations of inappropriate behavior from more women over the weekend.


Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown gave his State of the City Address at 12 p.m. Friday. Watch it here.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will not resign despite ongoing investigations against him and his office. However, Republicans from across the state are considering getting into next year's re-election race as resignation calls intensify.

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The Erie County Legislature voted Thursday to pass two resolutions, both supporting an independent investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is now accused of sexual harassment by three women.

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Southern Tier Rep. Tom Reed is continuing to entertain the possibility that he’ll run for governor in 2022.

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Two former female aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo are accusing him of bad behavior, with one saying the governor sexually harassed her in incidents that included inappropriate touching and an invitation to play strip poker. Cuomo denies the allegations.

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Erie County Legislators have voted to restore a position within the Department of Social Services that comes with a hefty raise. Opponents of the hire say the County Executive overstepped his authority to bring back the position, while the Comptroller claims it’s a political patronage hire designed to create an upcoming candidacy for political office – the one he seeks next.

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Oneida County's elections commissioners are stepping down, after an extremely close election for the 22nd Congressional District revealed significant errors on behalf of the County Board of Elections.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo broke days of silence over escalating accusations that he and his top aides deliberately withheld for months key COVID-19 death numbers of nursing home residents who succumbed to the virus. He apologized to families of residents who died in the homes during the pandemic for the anxiety that the withholding of those numbers created.

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Support for ending Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency law-making powers, granted to him by the Legislature to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, appears to be growing after news reports revealed that his top aides withheld key nursing home data from lawmakers last year.

New York State Board of Elections

The next time Congress and both houses of the state legislature are on the ballot, there will likely be fewer Congressional seats to fight over and very different legislative districts.

Two more local lawmakers have announced they tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Dominique Calhoun and Myles Carter, two names connected to local social justice movements, have announced Democratic Primary campaigns for the Erie County legislator and sheriff, respectively.

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Former U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney appeared on the verge of recapturing her old seat in Congress as election officials finished counting ballots Monday in the nation’s last undecided U.S. House race. Still, the final official tally may be days away.


The Supreme Court says it won't take up the case of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who's serving a 6 1/2-year prison sentence after being convicted in a corruption case.