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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.

Erie County Board of Elections

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 lawmakers in conflict over COVID-19 vaccine

Nov 15, 2020

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.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

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.

Celia Clarke / WSKG

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.

Noelle E. C. Evans | WXXI News

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.

The tightly contested 2020 U.S. presidential election has put Americans from all backgrounds on edge. University at Buffalo professors illustrated that Wednesday, as they discussed the racial divide and the impact it’s had locally and nationally. WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports.

Erie County

It's going to be a long November for some local political candidates in Erie County, with counting of mailed-in ballots weeks away and the final deadline after Thanksgiving.

Karen DeWitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Election Day brought mixed results for Democrats and Republicans in New York’s congressional and legislative races. Republicans were quick to claim victory, but Democrats -- who will remain in the majority no matter the outcomes of contested races -- say the record number of absentee ballots needs to be counted first, and it might take weeks.

Rally at Lafayette Square
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Two leftist political groups held the first post-election demonstration in Buffalo Wednesday night. But unlike the many ‘Count Every Vote’ rallies that took place across the U.S. yesterday, the Buffalo event focused instead on those who feel forgotten by both major parties—and their presidential candidates.

Karen DeWitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

New York Attorney General Letitia James said voters whose absentee ballots were rejected will be notified this week about how to fix them. That word comes as she also announced an investigation into Election Day robocalls.

New York State Senate

Many State Senate races have not been called, and might not be for weeks, until the record number of absentee ballots cast this year are counted.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It was not your usual way to await election results. Instead of the traditional crowded room, the Erie County Democratic Committee's campaign hub was a quiet update center where only candidates and media mingled. But as WBFO's Michael Mroziak tells us, the different conditions didn't prevent some local candidates from basking in big wins.

New York State Assembly

Republican Stephen Hawley has won an eighth term in the Assembly, soundly defeating Libertarian candidate Mark Glogowski for the 139th District seat.

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It looks as if Democratic incumbent Monica Wallace and Republican challenger Frank Smierciak will have to wait a while to see who will occupy that State Assembly seat representing Lancaster and Cheektowaga.

Reed declares victory over Mitrano in NY-23

Nov 4, 2020
Celia Clarke / WSKG News

The election in New York’s 23rd congressional district stretched through a summer of protests, violence at one campaign office and a pandemic. On election night, incumbent Tom Reed declared victory. His opponent hasn’t commented on that declaration, but shortly after the polls closed at 9 p.m., Tracy Mitrano reflected on her chances of victory.

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Republican Congressman Chris Jacobs, who won a special election for New York’s 27th Congressional District less than five months ago, declared he had won a full term Tuesday night, saying he was confident absentee ballots would not change the outcome of the race.

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Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) coasted to victory Tuesday evening, securing a fourth term in New York's 26th Congressional District.

A bitterly partisan election season has left activists across the political spectrum united in one thing: waiting for final results.

Noelle E. C. Evans / WXXI News

Voters paid their respects at Susan B. Anthony’s gravesite in Mt. Hope Cemetery on Election Day, carrying on a local tradition on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted many women the right to vote.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said she visits Anthony’s gravestone for inspiration, and to remind others of the suffragist’s legacy. 

ELECTION 2020: WBFO Election Night Coverage

Nov 3, 2020

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