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Just about every national handicapper lists Republican incumbent Chris Collins as favored to win re-election in the 27th Congressional District this year. But local Democrats don’t seem to be paying attention. At least five candidates are now ramping up their activity to unseat Collins in the state’s most Republican congressional district as the state’s early calendar f…

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Lisa M. Cater’s lawsuit against New York State and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for allegedly ignoring her claims of sexual harassment by a former top state official should be dismissed, according to new papers filed in Manhattan U.S. District Court. The motion filed by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Office claims that neither the state nor Cuomo bear any responsibilit…

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President Trump’s signature on a bill passed by both houses of Congress is all that remains for the border station at the Peace Bridge and other local ports of entry to become major obstacles in the flow of illicit fentanyl from China, Mexico and other countries, Sen. Charles E. Schumer said Monday. And Schumer wants Trump to designate Customs and Border Protection agen…

Politics

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand says she has not read the new “Fire and Fury” tell-all book about Donald Trump’s White House. But she said Monday in the Town of Tonawanda that even though she has no plans to read the book now dominating the nation’s political discourse, she needs no insider account to pronounce the president unfit to lead the nation. “It seems like a lot …

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Kevin Walter, a 19-year veteran of The Buffalo News, has been named the newspaper’s editorial page editor. Walter will succeed John Neville, who is retiring this month after 33 years with The News. Walter, an editorial writer throughout his News career and deputy editorial page editor since 2006, assumes his new post “amid an upheaval in opinion writing,” said Michae…

Crime

Jasmine L. Mendez had previously obtained an order of protection against her former boyfriend, but still regularly asked him to watch her infant son, according to Buffalo police. Now her 7-month-old lies brain-dead in Oishei Children’s Hospital, and former boyfriend, Frank Redd, has been charged with second degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless…

Orchard Park police dealt with a pair of unrelated accidents Friday that resulted in drunk driving charges against two men. Police said Patrick Connelly, 68, of Orchard Park, collided with an eastbound vehicle on Southwestern Boulevard just after leaving a bar parking lot. Police were called to the scene near St. John Vianney Catholic Church at around 7 p.m. to investig…

Erie County

ALBANY – Facing a $4 billion deficit and what he labeled a federal "assault" on New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday worked to establish himself as a bulwark of progressivism against Donald J. Trump's Washington and policies he claims "shot an arrow aimed at New York's economic heart." Whether the Republican-dominated State Senate cooperates with him now remains a m…

Columns

‘Twas the morn before Christmas And all through our state, Few Republicans were stirring To take Cuomo’s bait. For the governor was nestled In his Guv Mansion lair, With an eye on the White House, He longs to be there. But before all that happens Andrew must run again, And remind all who’ll listen How wonderful he’s been. He gave us a billion To build So…

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You might describe recent passenger traffic at Buffalo Niagara International Airport as in a “holding pattern.” Recession, high fuel prices, airline mergers and the fluctuating Canadian dollar had all combined to keep the flow of air travelers in and out of Buffalo as healthy but relatively flat for the past several years. But now the numbers are taking off. All five…

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Joel A. Giambra began traveling around New York last week in hopes of persuading wary Republican leaders to support his bid for the party’s gubernatorial nomination next year. But it was a tough sell. The former Erie County executive had to explain his financial contributions to Democrats like Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the Buffal…

Buffalo

The Peace Bridge Authority has a present for its travelers on Christmas Day ‑ free passage over the international span between Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ont. The annual tradition will be in effect for 24 hours beginning at 12 a.m. on Monday. “Not charging tolls on Christmas Day is a nice way to conclude the year and say thank you to our employees and customers,” authori…

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It will still cost $2 to ride Metro Bus and Rail for at least the next 15 months, even with ridership totals that continue to decline. But following Monday’s adoption of a $234.2 million budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 that begins April 1, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority looks ahead to maintaining the $2 fare as well as tackling a host of capital projects…

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News, notes and observations about politics around here: • He’s baaaaack! Former County Executive Joel Giambra has been lying low for the past decade, toiling for former Sen. Al D’Amato’s lobbying firm and launching his own real estate development business. But Giambra has savored politics since his 20s, starting as Niagara council member, and he acknowledges that at…

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In one of her rare Western New York appearances, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Friday didn't focus on her recent Twitter war with President Trump or her call for his resignation. Instead, she came to Cheektowaga to plug vocational education. The Democrat took only a handful of questions from reporters, breaking no real new ground at the Harkness Career and Technical …