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The Legislative Ethics Commission released a report on the sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez. It finds Lopez violated the public officers law and engaged in “willful and prolonged mistreatment” of his female staff.

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Three candidates are vying for the office of Mayor of Buffalo, two Democrats and one Republican. But it appears one of the candidates may have been offered a job if he agreed to not run.

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It appears the flap over how the Peace Bridge is run is not over yet. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a bill proposed to dissolve the Buffalo and Ft. Erie Public Bridge Authority is still alive in Albany.


The chairman of Erie County's Democratic party is recommending his committee endorse incumbent Mayor Byron Brown for re-election.

Though most consider Bernie Tolbert an underdog in the race for Buffalo mayor, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes the former FBI agent brings some solid credentials to the campaign.

Tolbert appears ready to launch mayoral bid

May 9, 2013
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Former FBI special agent-in-charge Bernie Tolbert appears to be ready to announce a run for mayor of Buffalo. Tolbert says he will be making an announcement Saturday morning.  But as WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, Tolbert would not confirm that he will be launching a campaign.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging both sides in the dispute over running the Peace Bridge to "bury the hatchet." Schumer says cooperation could lead to lots of new jobs.

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A movement is underway in Albany for a constitutional amendment to allow for recall elections of disgraced politicians.

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The contentious fight over seats on the Buffalo Board of Education has descended into mud-slinging with a mysterious mailer attacking Buffalo developer Carl Paladino who's running in South Buffalo'S Park District.

Putting politics aside

Apr 23, 2013
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As Buffalo's mayoral race begins to take shape -- there was an usual pairing on the steps of City Hall Monday.  A rally against child abuse brought out citizens, politicians and candidates. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports that standing near one another was incumbent Mayor  Byron Brown and declared candidate for mayor Sergio Rodriguez.

The political season is starting to heat up, with Erie County Democrats looking for opponents to contest two major incumbents.

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Anti-corruption proposals are proliferating in Albany, following two high profile bribery scandals.  Some of them focus on the long neglected state Board of Elections, which hasn’t even had an investigator on staff in over a year.

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Election Day for seats on the Buffalo Board of Education is quickly approaching.  Voters will be making their choices on Tuesday May 7.

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New York State lawmakers returned to work after a two week spring break. It’s their first meeting since two lawmakers have been charged with bribery in corruption scandals.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is critical of proposed federal gun legislation now making its way through the US Senate. He says federal bill’s focus on background checks is better than nothing, but it’s not enough.

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Three candidates are now lined up to run for Erie County Sheriff.  On Monday, County Sheriff’s Lt. Bert Dunn announced his campaign.

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Mayor Byron Brown says he was not trying to prevent a candidate from running against Buffalo developer Carl Paladino for a city school board seat.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Mayor Brown told reporters Sunday's Buffalo News article was "nonsense".

Governor Andrew Cuomo is denying a published report that his administration is attempting to oust State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. 

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Though he has yet to officially announce his candidacy in Buffalo's mayoral race, Bernie Tolbert is generating waves of reaction on the local political scene. 

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The Buffalo News is reporting that Mayor Byron Brown is expected to officially launched his reelection bid for a third term this weekend.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say they have an agreement on a new state budget.  The closed-door agreement announced Wednesday night puts Albany on track to pass the third straight on-time budget. 

Newspaper survey rates mayor & county executive

Mar 18, 2013
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The Buffalo News has conducted its annual leadership survey.  It's not a scientific, random survey , but instead the results come from a cross-section of business, political, religious and community leaders. 

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Washington may be claiming Erie County misspent tens of millions of dollars in cleaning up the 2006 October Surprise storm, and suggesting the money should be sent back, but Erie County Executive Poloncarz is saying the inspector general of the Homeland Security Department doesn't know how to do an audit.

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Legislative leaders, after three separate meetings with the governor said they were “hopeful” that a final agreement could come before the weekend.  But Governor Cuomo late in the day said talks are “inconclusive”, and he expects negotiations to continue over Saturday and Sunday.

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A new Siena College poll finds a slight drop in Governor Cuomo’s popularity for the third month in a row. 

Mayor's race takes shape in Buffalo

Mar 11, 2013
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Mayor Byron Brown has a hefty war chest as he prepares to launch his campaign for a third term. But that's not stopping a couple of challengers from entering this year's mayoral race.

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This year's race for City Hall could be heating up in coming days. There is also a new battle brewing inside City Hall. Those are the topics on WBFO'S Press Pass conversation with Chris Jamele and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly. 

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Second amendment rights advocates, who have held rallies in Albany recently, are not the only group upset with portions of the state’s recently enacted gun law.  Some people with mental illnesses believe the law unfairly stigmatizes them.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is unlikely to send an emergency message to allow state lawmakers to bypass a three-day waiting period for the state budget.

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The first phase of what is likely to be a long fight over a proposed scrap metal recycling operation near Hertel and Military ended Tuesday when the Buffalo Common Council voted against it.  WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports the issue is now off to the courts.