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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is tightening quarantine orders for of out of state travelers with high rates of COVID-19. Cuomo said travelers from the 19 states now on the restricted list will be required to fill out a form that includes the address of where they will be for the mandatory 14-day quarantine or there will be immediate repercussions.

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Western New York Sen. Robert Ortt is the New York State Senate's new minority leader.

 

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For the first time since Earl Brydges left the job as Republican leader in the State Senate at the end of 1972, a Western New Yorker might step back into the position However, Brydges had a majority and the new leader won't.

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An alliance of Republican lawmakers was in a Lockport heavy industry plant Tuesday pushing to reopen Western New York, as three regions of the state prepare to start opening later this week.

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Democrats who lead the state Senate approved several measures on Thursday to make it easier to vote. But a newly energized Republican minority wanted to talk about other topics, such as worries about undocumented immigrants voting and whether to repeal recently enacted bail reform measures.


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Instead of chopping the State Barge Canal into different sections and perhaps closing some, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to spend on the canal for tourism, reducing flooding and improving irrigation for Niagara County farmers.

Many observers believed David Bellavia would win the 27th Congressional seat, if he chose to run. On Sunday, the war hero announced he will not enter the race, opening the door for other interested parties. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy believes Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw will soon enter the race. Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley could also join a heavy Republican field that also includes state senators Rob Ortt and Chris Jacobs, and attorney Beth Parlato.


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A special election has yet to be called for Western New York's 27th Congressional District, but a heavy supply of political money is finding its way into the coffers of the declared candidates. While the district only recently lost its representation with the resignation of Chris Collins, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says campaign treasuries are on the rise for the declared candidates.

Chris Collins' departure from Congress has opened the door to Washington for an aspiring politician. Several have already announced their candidacies for the 27th district, which covers a large, mostly-rural portion of Upstate New York. For those looking to understand the complexities of the district, Batavia may be a good place to start, so says Howard Owens of The Batavian. Owens' message that Batavia sits at "the heart" of the district seems to be making an impact. State Senator Rob Ortt announced his candidacy in front of city hall and two others--State Senator Chris Jacobs and Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray--have sat down for extensive interviews with Owens.


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Former North Tonawanda mayor and current state Sen. Robert Ortt  has announced his candidacy for the 27th Congressional district seat.

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New York has commitments for $670 million on extending broadband service to every part of the state to meet a promise by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Sen. Rob Ortt says that is well and good, but he wants to know where money has been spent and where it will be spent.

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Nearly $3 million in additional relief funding is going to communities in five upstate New York counties along Lake Ontario to help them recover from last year's flooding.

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Attorneys for former New York State Senator George Maziarz filed new motions Friday morning in Albany to have public corruption charges dismissed.


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A new $500,000 playground is now open in Pendleton - but this is not just any playground. The family who raised the money for the project say for the first time, children and parents can play together in a truly 100 percent inclusive handicapped-accessible playground.

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A local state senator wants New York's constitution amended to guarantee the rights of residents to hunt and fish, joining 21 other states to enshrine those outdoor rights in their state charters.

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Another sitting state legislator, Sen. Rob Ortt, has been indicted on corruption charges, along with George Maziarz, who held the western New York Senate seat before him. The indictments come as ethics reform proposals in the state budget are faltering.


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For the disabled, sheltered workshops have provided opportunities for decades. Now, they are going away and Albany is struggling to figure out replacements.


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Plans for turning a former Army Reserve Center in Niagara Falls into Western New York’s emergency management hub are inching closer to success. After securing half a million dollars for the hub in the 2015-2016 state budget, State Senator Rob Ortt has organized a steering committee to help determine the site’s future.

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As lawmakers return to Albany to wrap up the legislative session the dean of the the local delegation says there's little support for giving Mayor Byron Brown control of the struggling Buffalo Schools.


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New State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan may be from Long Island but two local senators say he has been a frequent visitor to Western New York.