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The Erie County Legislature agreed to put up the $5 million promised to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, but it was along fight.

National attention is turning to issues that have been central to Kirsten Gillibrand's years of public service: equality and reproductive rights.

The New York State Legislature took final action on measures that could be used against President Donald Trump and his associates, including a backdoor way for Congress to view the president’s tax returns.


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The Democrat-controlled New York State Legislature has approved a measure that would ban the manufacture, sale and possession of 3D-printed guns and other undetectable firearms.

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There is going to be a change at the top in the state’s Republican Party. Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy has gathered the support of the majority of county chairs and will be replacing Ed Cox In July. The two met with the media Tuesday to talk about the transition.


(WXXI News & AP) Ed Cox, the longtime chairman of the New York state Republican Party, will step down to raise money for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign. Trump's campaign announced the move Monday.  

Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy is now poised to take over as New York GOP chairman when Cox steps down in July. 

Langworthy had launched a bid to replace Cox, who some Republicans blamed for the party's recent election losses. 

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State Senator Chris Jacobs announced Friday he is running for Congress, eyeing the 27th District and saying the man holding that seat now, Chris Collins, is ineffective in light of his pending legal problems. Jacobs' announcement drew scorn from not only Collins but also another potential challenger.

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Advocates for a bill that would allow terminally ill New Yorkers to end their own lives say the legislation has its best chance yet for passage in the Democratic-controlled state Legislature.


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The New York State Senate acted Wednesday on measures that they say will improve safety on the state’s roads, including adding cameras to the stop arms of school buses.


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Buffalo councilmembers yesterday approved pay raises for themselves, Mayor Brown, Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams and the school board members. In most cases, they agreed to the recommendations from the Citizens Salary Review Commission.

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After the failure to include legalized recreational marijuana in the New York state budget earlier this year, sponsors of the legislation say they are introducing a new bill that they hope stands a better chance at becoming law.


When Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced the city's budget for the approaching fiscal year, much of the discussion centered on a lower property tax rate and the ambitious set of goals outlined in the $508 million spending plan. After reviewing the proposal, Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post has raised several questions about some projected revenues. At the top of the list:  $11 million in casino revenue from the Seneca Nation of Indians, a funding line that is unlikely to be realized anytime soon.


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Progressive groups, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, say they’re frustrated that action on left-leaning issues has stalled in New York in the final weeks of the legislative session.

 

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With the election year heating up, so is the debate in Erie County government about how to spend an unexpectedly large budget surplus.

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Two bills approved Wednesday in the state Senate could affect President Donald Trump and his associates.


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A laborer with the Erie County Department of Public Works, let go last summer while away on active duty with the Army National Guard, is being reinstated to his county job, County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced Monday. The move was announced just moments before Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw and the head of the union representing Sgt. Rapheal Ramos were to host a news conference demanding the employee's rehire.

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Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has officially kicked off his campaign for New York State Senate.

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Howard Zemsky is heading back to the private sector after four years running New York's Empire State Development Corporation.

A bill that would create a back door method to release President Donald Trump’s taxes is moving through the State Senate and could be voted on as early as next week.


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Democrats in the state Assembly say they plan to move ahead with a bill to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in New York. However, the Assembly speaker said he wants to educate people about the benefits of the measure first.

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With his announcement today, former Vice President Joe Biden enters a crowded field of Democrats running for President in 2020. Bruce Fisher, Buffalo State Professor of Economics and Finance, acknowledges the difficulty ahead for Biden in separating himself from the many challengers. Still, Fisher, who worked as press secretary during Biden's 1988 Presidential bid, sees his former boss as a force in the campaign. "Biden is a very formidable candidate because he is going to be able to connect to Trump's base."

Public campaign financing could be coming to New York by the end of this year, now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature have created a commission to come up with a plan.


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Almost two years ago, Democratic state Sen. Daniel Squadron from New York City resigned -- suddenly, after nine years in office. He said then that state governments were “petri dishes of corruption,” and announced a new effort that would focus on state laws and state elections. A year and a half later, his group, Future Now, has spent about $5 million on elections in Maine and New Hampshire.


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Buffalo has a new interim City Comptroller, after a Common Council appointment Tuesday. It is an appointment subject to the voters in June and November.

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New York Democratic leaders gathered in Central New York over the weekend to talk strategy and unity moving forward at the Democratic Rural Conference's annual convention.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in town for a victory lap Wednesday. He used an appearance at Buffalo State College to tout the recently-passed state budget was just passed and how much it meant to Western New York, but he also touched on other topics.

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Syracuse’s Howie Hawkins could add running for president to his already long electoral résumé, forming an exploratory committee to test the waters for a presidential run.

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New York lawmakers have a new proposal for statewide regulations for home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb.

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A commission to examine a public campaign finance system for statewide elections in New York may also look at whether to continue the state’s practice of what’s known as fusion voting.

Welcome to the nightmare of being the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, Joe.

Two women have complained about being touched inappropriately by former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been the leading (if still undeclared) candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

Biden's poll numbers, while far from overwhelming, have still been the best of the ever-widening Democratic field. So any story that even hints at a Biden scandal is going to lead the newscast and leap to the front page.

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