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WNY representatives reject Trump's tweeted suggestion to delay election

Jul 30, 2020

Two of Western New York's federal representatives spoke against President Donald Trump's suggestion Thursday that, out of concern for the integrity of mail-in balloting, the November election should be postponed.

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Congressman Tom Reed is hopeful the House and Senate may work out and pass a federal stimulus package by early August. While both sides are far apart on dollar amounts and how to spend them, the Southern Tier Republican is also hopeful the finished package will include a child care assistance bill like the one he explained during his weekly conference call Tuesday morning.

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Republican Chris Jacobs became the newest House member on Tuesday taking the oath of office to fill the unexpired term of Chris Collins, who left Congress after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.

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Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced Monday to 6 1/2 years in prison in the corruption case that drove him from power as a judge said she hoped to "send a message to Albany.''

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Leaders from across the country are remembering civil rights icon and congressman John Lewis-- who has died after a battle with advanced-stage pancreatic cancer.

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The City of Niagara Falls will provide funding to more than a dozen programs who requested a share of the city's Federal CARES Act dollar allocation. While a federal representative was there to help share the news, he also took aim at the federal government and what he calls their failure to help the people, medically and economically, during the COVID pandemic.

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If you want a choice in the race for president this fall besides Donald Trump or Joe Biden, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins says he’s your candidate. The former UPS driver from Syracuse has officially won the Green Party’s nomination for president.

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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.

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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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