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Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno has died at the age of 91 after a battle with cancer. Bruno, a colorful, larger than life character who once rode his own horse into the venue where state Capitol reporters were presenting their annual gridiron show, was leader of the Republican dominated State Senate from 1994 to 2008.

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With Election Day a month away, New York State Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy is running a hardcore law-and-order campaign, attacking the criminal justice changes that have come out of Albany Democrats in the last two years.


An alderwoman in the City of Lockport is resigning.

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Michael Caputo, the East Aurora-based political consultant who is on a 60-day leave from his role as spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after accusing government scientists of sedition, has metastatic cancer, according to a family spokesman.

On national voter registration day, pro voting rights groups are encouraging potential voters to register, and for those who do want to vote, to make a plan in advance.  There are some important dates for voters in New York to remember.

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New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo is dismissing as “political” President Donald Trump’s Justice Department move to classify New York City, Seattle and Portland as “anarchy” jurisdictions and withhold billions of dollars in federal funds.  

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A re-run of the race for a Southern Tier congressional district brought the Democratic candidate to Western New York for a week-long push. On Sunday, Tracy Mitrano was in Fredonia.

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The Green Party candidate for president won’t be on the ballot in two battleground states, following court rulings last week. It's another example, the Greens say, of the difficulties third party candidates have getting on the ballot.

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Thousands of absentee ballots were being mailed out Friday in parts of Western New York. As expected, concerns for COVID have resulted in a sharp rise in requests.

With Erie County's budget for next year a month away, county legislators will find out Thursday morning how this year's budget is going.

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Michael Caputo, the East Aurora political consultant  embroiled in a furor over political meddling with the coronavirus response, is taking a leave of absence from his Health and Human Services communications post, the government announced Wednesday.

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 (AP) — A House subcommittee is launching an investigation into whether political appointees -including East Aurora political consultant Michael Caputo-  have meddled with routine government scientific data to better align with President Donald Trump’s public statements about the coronavirus pandemic.

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The ACLU of New York, Common Cause and other advocacy groups are asking New York to mandate pre-paid postage for absentee ballots in the November general election. But the state's budget office says doing so would require more federal funds.

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Absentee ballot requests are piling up at the Erie County Board of Elections with Election Day eight weeks away. Already, there have been nearly 40,000.

Tuesday was National Poll Worker Recruitment Day and good government organizations such as Common Cause New York are encouraging young people to sign up to work at voting sites this fall.

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Monroe County prosecutors are scheduled to present criminal allegations of campaign finance violations against Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren to a grand jury in September. The foundation of their case is laid bare in a 35-page report prepared by state Board of Elections investigators that concluded there was “considerable evidence” that Warren and associates of her 2017 re-election campaign and a political action committee supporting her campaign took steps to intentionally evade limits on campaign donations.

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The political conventions are over and now the Presidential campaign is in the final sprint. Leading the covering of it all is NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith. She’s also co-host of the NPR Politics podcast. Keith has been reporting from the White House since 2014, covering the last two years of the Obama Presidency and Donald Trump since day one. She also appears regularly as a commentator on PBS News Hour.

Keith will join public radio listeners Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. for a special online conversation. It’s free, but you have to register advance. Click here to register.

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New York State Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy is in Charlotte this week for the Republican National Convention. On Monday, New York’s 94 delegates were pledged to President Donald Trump as he was nominated for a second term. Trailing his Democratic opponent Joe Biden in national polls, Trump is scheduled to accept the nomination Thursday night. Speaking with WAMC’s Ian Pickus, Langworthy made the case for a second Trump term.

RNC Live Coverage: Tuesday, Aug. 25

Aug 25, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of Day 2 of the Republican National Convention. First lady Melania Trump headlines the night.

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New York’s attorney general is asking a state judge to force Eric Trump, the president’s son and a top official at the Trump Organization, to testify in an ongoing investigation into the president’s financial dealings before he took office.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed executive orders that he said will help ensure safe and secure voting in November’s elections.

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The Erie County Board of Elections is tightening security on its computer systems as the country heads toward a presidential election.

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Republicans from New York wasted no time going after Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the first day of the Republican National Convention in North Carolina on Monday, calling Cuomo’s critical comments toward the federal government’s coronavirus response a “terrible shame.”

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Erie County's elections commissioners may meet with U.S. Postal Service officials this week to make sure the cutbacks at Buffalo's main post office on William Street and in Rochester aren't going to interfere with voting by mail in November.

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The mass of debris behind Buffalo's Main Post Office on William Street is part of five mail-sorting machines removed since the June primary election. The president of the union representing workers he isn't sure an avalanche of mail ballots for the presidential election in November can be sorted without those machines.

DNC Live Coverage: Thursday, Aug. 20

Aug 20, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is speaking Thursday night.

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DNC Live Coverage: Wednesday, Aug. 19

Aug 19, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Wednesday's speakers include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Barack Obama.

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DNC Live Coverage: Tuesday, Aug. 18

Aug 18, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Tuesday's speakers include New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former President Bill Clinton.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during a brief video address at the first night of the Democratic National Convention, spoke of New York’s struggles overcoming the coronavirus and why he thinks Joe Biden needs to win in November.

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People choosing to vote by absentee ballot would be able to deposit their ballots in special dropoff boxes, under a bill announced this morning by two local state legislators.