Rob Astorino

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They say a bill under consideration on Capitol Hill has good intentions, seeking to protect children in at-risk situations. But saying the proposed "Family First" bill is flawed and potentially very costly to county governments, county executives from both ends of the state, including Buffalo, are calling on New York's two senators to reject the measure.


With its prime location on the convention floor, the New York delegation appeared to enjoy the spotlight during this week's Republican Convention in Cleveland. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says some politicians also used the event to position themselves for runs at key statewide offices. 


Karen DeWitt

New York’s delegation to the RNC is the national spotlight for casting the votes to put Donald Trump over the top for the Presidential nomination in Cleveland this week. But not all of the state’s politicians are in agreement over some of Trump’s most controversial foreign policies.


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The push to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour is getting some help from union financed advertising, but it still has its opponents.


Karen DeWitt

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has won a second term by defeating Republican Rob Astorino

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It is three gubernatorial candidates in three days, with Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins rallying a small group of supporters on Sunday at the Buffalo Teachers Federation headquarters.

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With the election only days away, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and lieutenant governor candidate Chris Moss headlined a GOP get-out-the-vote rally this morning in the Main-Transit Fire Hall.

Reporter debrief: Reviewing the debate

Oct 23, 2014
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Four candidates for New York governor squared off in a debate last night from the WNED|WBFO studios. Afterward, the debate's moderator, WBFO News Director Brian Meyer, and one of its panelists, New York Public Radio Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt, talked about what they saw and heard during the hour-long forum.

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Four candidates for New York governor took the stage Wednesday night from downtown Buffalo in the only gubernatorial debate of the 2014 election season.

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Ahead of the gubernatorial debates, protestors gathered outside of the WBFO-WNED studios.  The crowd was heavy with ant-fracking, pro-clean energy mantras, and just as weighted with chants for Second Amendment rights – those mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo.

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Four of the candidates running for Governor of New York will be participating in a debate originating from Buffalo at the studios of WNED|WBFO. It will be shown on public television and heard on public radio tonight. It’s the only debate agreed to by Andrew Cuomo and his challengers.

McCarthy previews gubernatorial debate

Oct 22, 2014
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Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy will be one of the panelists who will be asking questions of the candidates during tonight's gubernatorial debate at the WNED/WBFO studios. He shared some thoughts on what to expect during a conversation this morning on WBFO.

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As Governor Cuomo has turned his attention to how the state would deal with Ebola, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins appeared in Buffalo Friday campaigning against charter schools, Common Core and Fracking. 

Gubernatorial debate in Buffalo set for October 22

Oct 8, 2014
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Four candidates for New York governor will face off in a debate in Buffalo on Wednesday, October 22. 

McCarthy sifts through complex 60th Senate race

Oct 8, 2014
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Some local labor groups are supporting Senator Mark Grisanti as he continues to campaign on the Independence Party line in the battle to retain his seat in the 60th District. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy breaks down the challenges facing Grisanti's reelection bid in his weekly conversation on WBFO's Morning Edition.

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With the gubernatorial election little more than a month away, Republican Rob Astorino continues on the campaign trail. His Tuesday night fundraiser at Buffalo's Ellicott Square Building featured Texas Governor and probable presidential candidate Rick Perry.

An appearance by Texas Governor Rick Perry in Buffalo provided a boost to a Tuesday fundraiser for Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate in the New York gubernatorial race. "This is a significant event that took place here," said Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy during a conversation today on WBFO.

WNED|WBFO to host gubernatorial debate

Sep 29, 2014
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Candidates for New York governor will face off in mid-October in a Buffalo debate sponsored by WNED|WBFO and The Buffalo News.

McCarthy examines the politics of business incentives

Sep 24, 2014

In the midst of his re-election campaign, Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared Tuesday at the groundbreaking for SolarCity, a project promising hundreds of jobs in return for millions in state subsidies. Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is campaigning against such incentives, as Bob McCarthy notes in a conversation with WBFO News.

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The issue of hydrofracking played a role in the recent Democratic primary for governor in New York, and those who oppose the gas drilling process hope it will influence the general election, as well.

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A happy Governor Cuomo celebrated his primary election victory during a rally yesterday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. He reminded supporters that the race is a marathon and is not over until November.

Governor Andrew Cuomo snubbed his Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout at Saturday's Labor Day Parade in New York City.

Governor Cuomo is non-committal about whether he’ll debate his Democratic and Republican opponents in the fall elections.

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The latest numbers suggest Governor Andrew Cuomo could win by a landslide in his bid for re-election this fall.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and State Comptroller candidate Robert Antonacci were at the Erie County Conservative Party summer picnic yesterday, looking to ignite enthusiasm among local political activists.

Governor Cuomo's handling of his Moreland Act commission is providing ammunition for his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo fielded questions for the first time Monday about alleged interference with the Moreland Commission, an ethics panel he created in July 2013 and shut down earlier this year.

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Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors.

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The fallout continues over whether Governor Cuomo’s top aid interfered with an ethics commission probe, with some now saying that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman could have done more to protect the integrity of the investigations and whether any actual crimes were committed.

One of Governor Cuomo’ s political opponents is calling on Governor Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and  another is demanding that Cuomo to resign after an in depth account in the New York Times reports that the governor’s top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.

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