State Senator Robert Ortt

Two prominent Republican lawmakers in Niagara County are critical of a bill in the State Legislature that would ban tackle football for players under the age of 12.

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State Sen. Robert Ortt has introduced an updated Voter ID bill which he says will help secure elections in New York State. He tells WBFO this latest bill also addresses concerns about the "disenfranchisement" of poorer citizens.

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State Assemblyman David DiPietro unveiled propsed legislation Thursday that, if passed, would result in free dental coverage for all military veterans living in New York State.

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If one Western New York-based State Senator has his way, New York will end its Film Tax Credit program. Another local State Senator, though, says while the state's tax structure is flawed, this is a credit that works. Both offered their points of view as an April 1 budget deadline approaches.

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A meeting to discuss an ongoing dispute over the Seneca Nation's casino compact was, according to a local State Senator, canceled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Senator Robert Ortt is urging both sides to work out a new meeting time and reach an agreement that, he says, will restore funding that is much needed by entities in Niagara Falls.

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With less than two weeks remaining before New York State's April 1 budget deadline, state lawmakers are busy in Albany working towards an agreement. WBFO spoke with two local representatives to find out what's still unresolved.


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Republicans in the State Senate are again introducing legislation challenging New York's so-called SAFE Act. Local State Senator Robert Ortt is among those sponsoring a bill that would remove many provisions of Governor Cuomo's law outside of New York City. The Lieutenant Governor, meanwhile, defended the law, saying that it's working.


Stephen Miller

When a volunteer fire company in a small rural town is dire need of funding to replace an aging fire truck, snaring state funding is often essential.