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ALBANY – Federal prosecutors want a delay in the Buffalo Billion corruption trial because a document they call “highly relevant” to charges against two former LPCiminelli executives was not turned over to them by the Buffalo firm in response to a grand jury subpoena seeking evidence into the alleged pay-to-play case. Lawyers for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan T…

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NEW YORK – A lawyer who grew up on Buffalo’s East Side was selected by Republican Party delegates Thursday to be their candidate for state Attorney General, an office GOP insiders believe could be in serious play this fall in the otherwise Democratic-dominated New York. Only two days after announcing his campaign, Keith Wofford, a corporate lawyer in Manhattan, beat bac…

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NEW YORK – Marcus Molinaro, selected Wednesday as the Republican gubernatorial candidate at the party’s convention, called for “a revolution in New York” and sought to portray himself as an “ordinary New Yorker” trying to take on a member of a Democratic political dynasty. In the most important speech thus far in his fledgling gubernatorial campaign, Molinaro, called hi…

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NEW YORK – A Buffalo native on Tuesday announced his campaign for the Republican Party bid for state attorney general while another Buffalonian was scrambling to push her own Democratic candidacy, just as both parties were gathering for their state conventions at two downstate locations. Keith H. Wofford, the co-managing partner at the Manhattan office of an internation…

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ALBANY – Personal tax details released Friday by Cynthia Nixon, the activist and actress trying to become governor of New York, proved two things: she made the most money of any of the candidates in the race and, by far, filed the most complicated set of tax returns. Nixon reported a federally adjusted gross income of $619,799 for 2017, according to a review of her volu…

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ALBANY – The likely Republican Party gubernatorial candidate, Marc Molinaro, publicly released his 2017 income tax returns on Thursday, showing he and his wife earned $174,048 for the year. Of the total, $140,000 came from Molinaro’s salary as the Dutchess County executive and his wife, Corrine Adams, reported $26,000 in wages from a real estate management and developme…

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ALBANY – The retirement announcement Thursday by state Sen. William Larkin, 90-year-old World War II combat veteran, puts at five the number of Senate Republicans who have said they will not seek re-election this fall at a time when Democrats are in play to take control of the 63-member chamber. But the five Senate Republicans who represent areas of Western New York fro…

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ALBANY – The Assembly Wednesday gave quick approval to a measure barring New York from requiring school districts to use student performance on standardized tests as ways to evaluate the job performance of teachers and principals. Linking test scores to judging teachers’ performance had been a key educational priority for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, though it has been under f…

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ALBANY – Activist Cynthia Nixon is eating into Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s support among Democratic primary voters, a new survey Wednesday shows. Cuomo still has a large lead, but his support in the Democratic primary at the 50 percent level among registered Democrats, according to the poll by Quinnipiac University. Nixon was backed by 28 percent of Democrats if a party prim…

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Albany – No one else, really, could have put it better than Assemblyman Erik Bohen about the reception he has gotten on his first day in Albany. “I’m an island. I’m an island by myself,’’ Bohen, from South Buffalo, said as he headed back in the Assembly chamber Monday afternoon. It was, even by Albany standards, an unusual reception for a lawmaker on his very first s…

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Albany – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said – again – today that she is running for re-election with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the fall campaigns. “The governor and I are running together,’’ Hochul said this afternoon on the Senate floor after presiding over a swearing-in ceremony of two Democrats elected in last week’s special elections. Hochul said that people will look back up…

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ALBANY – Kathy Hochul, the state lieutenant governor who has logged tens of thousands of miles promoting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his policies, again is facing questions about her political future after the governor recently promoted her as an ideal candidate to run for Congress. That’s not sitting well with some who, like Hochul, are female and members of the Democrati…

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ALBANY – Advice from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to fellow Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: Perhaps ignore gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon a bit. “He seems to be reacting to what she does, and where she goes and what she says," Schneiderman said Thursday in a meeting with reporters and editors at The Buffalo News. “I think that paying less attention to he…

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Albany – Federal prosecutors say evidence of campaign donations from Buffalo businessman Louis Ciminelli and a Syracuse developer to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will play “critical” roles in helping jurors understand “co-conspirators’ states of mind” in an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving the Buffalo Billion program and other upstate projects. A motion by the U.S. Attorney…

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ALBANY – After losing a numerical edge in the state Senate this week, Republicans are suddenly dropping like flies. Though they have retained the majority, for now, with the help of a sole, breakaway Democrat from Brooklyn, Senate Republicans have seen three of their members announce in the past 48 hours that they will not seek re-election this fall. “Clearly, the Re…