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The state ethics commission met Tuesday and spent most of its time in a private session, as a key appointee of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver resigned from the board.

Press Pass: Freedom of the Press

Jul 29, 2013
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The rights of journalists have taken center stage since the revelation that the National Security Agency has been monitoring who reporters are talking to. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley speaks with Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney about how a journalist's rights could be in jeopardy.

Buffalo native confirmed as Labor Secretary

Jul 18, 2013

Despite tough opposition, a Buffalo native has been named to serve as the next Secretary of Labor. The senate voted 54-to 46 today confirming Thomas Perez after a four month-long fight over President Obama's nominee.

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Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission to investigate the legislature is not the first time a Governor created a penal to probe state lawmakers. In fact, Cuomo’s own father did it a quarter century ago, with mixed results.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined forces with the State’s Attorney General to create a commission with wide ranging powers to investigate corruption in the state legislature.

Collins reacts to sweeping immigration reform bill

Jun 28, 2013
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A historic immigration reform bill was passed by the U.S. Senate late Thursday afternoon. If approved in the House, citizenship would be provided to 11 million immigrants already living in America illegally.

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When state lawmakers approved a bill to permit new gambling casinos in the final hours of the legislative session, they left something out.  A provision to ban campaign contributions to legislators from gambling corporations did not end up in the final version.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says his new campaign video ad is "completely appropriate".  The mayor made his comment one day after his republican opponent lodged accusations against the ad. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's trying to come up with "an amicable resolution" to the dispute over the Peace Bridge. Cuomo met with high ranking Canadian officials in his New York City office for several hours Saturday. During a visit to Buffalo Monday, Cuomo told WBFO's Chris Caya negotiations are ongoing.

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It's unclear if this weekend's meeting between Governor Cuomo and the Canadian Ambassador to the United States will bring a resolution to the ongoing feud involving the Peace Bridge Authority. Both parties had little to say about the talks, though they did report some progress on the matter.

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There’s three days left in the legislative session, and chances are dimming for a settlement on an abortion rights provision in a women’s equality act, and for reform of campaign financing and other anti-corruption measures. 

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The recent spate of legislative scandals in Albany appear to be taking a toll on Governor Cuomo. A new poll from Siena College find Cuomo's ratings among registered voters are at their lowest level since he took office.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for major changes at the Peace Bridge Authority, but won't commit to signing a bill to take over the New York side of the bridge.

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The 2013 legislative session in Albany is supposed to come to an end later this week, but there's no guarantee.

State and Senecas settle casino dispute

Jun 14, 2013
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The long stalemate between the Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State over casino gambling has been settled.

Cuomo stumps for public trust act

Jun 12, 2013
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As a recent poll shows his job approval rating dropping, Governor Andrew Cuomo hit the road Wednesday to campaign for his Public Trust and Campaign Finance Reform Bill. The governor admitted aspects of his plan are unlikely to pass this session.

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Erie County could face millions of dollars in fines if the federal government determines that the county disclosed confidential records.

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A local member of the Native American community is warning of a possible demonstration against the governor's proposed casino in Western New York.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo released a bill to authorize three new gambling casinos in upstate New York, if the legislature agrees to his plan and overs approve it in the fall.

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A majority of New York voters say Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should step down from his position of power because of the way he handled a recent scandal.

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The fight against New York's new gun control law is shifting into the political arena as gun rights supporters say they will run candidates against state legislators who voted for the law.

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Election law reform, and specifically revamping the financing of elections, is gaining momentum with various groups in Albany.

WBFO's Chris Jamele and Artvoice Editor Geoff Kelly sort through those issues on this week's edition of Press Pass.   The also examine Bernie Tolbert's candidacy for mayor.


Congressman Brian Higgins and Canadian Consul General John F. Prato have weighed in on the US-Canada dispute among members of the Peace Bridge Authority.

Legislature leader Mazur won't run for re-election

May 31, 2013

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Thomas Mazur announced his future retirement Friday. Mazur, a Democrat, will step aside from his 7th District seat when his current term expires on December 31.

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Citizen groups continue putting pressure on Albany to clean up campaign financing. The rally cry was "people not profit" in front of Buffalo's City Hall Thursday.

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Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday to rally for public financing of political campaigns. The measure remains in limbo in the State Senate and Governor Cuomo faces questions on whether he is working hard enough for the proposal to pass.

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There was Democratic amity last night, as the party's Executive Committee overwhelmingly endorsed Mayor Byron Brown for another term.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, who still has not issued a decision on whether hydro fracking should be allowed in New York,  is backing further away from the controversial gas drilling process in his economic development plans for the future. 

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Erie County's Republican party chairman says democratic State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should go in the wake of the burgeoning sex scandal in his legislative house.

Western New York Assemblyman Michael Kearns says he is quitting his Democratic conference based on the way Speaker Sheldon Silver handled the scandal involving disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez.