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March 2, 1953 – Jan. 13, 2018 Paula J. Stockman, chairman of the Cattaraugus County Legislature, died unexpectedly Saturday in her home in South Dayton. She was 64. The longtime village clerk in South Dayton and a Republican, last year she became the second woman to head the Legislature. Her death surprised county lawmakers. “She seemed to be in very good healt…

Local News

ALBANY — The state tax department has outlined for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo a series of possible options that New York State could take with its tax code to try to circumvent provisions in the new federal tax law that hit some higher income residents with new restrictions on state and local tax deductions. The plans target possible major changes to the state’s system of col…

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ALBANY — Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul dismisses talk that she will not run as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate and instead challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins this fall as “political fodder of the chattering class.” "My choice is to continue on as lieutenant governor and to run for re-election with the governor and not be distracted by individuals who would like me…

Erie County

Deputy City Attorney S. Michael Rua was named city attorney on an interim basis by the Tonawanda Common Council on Tuesday. He replaces Ronald C. Trabucco, the city attorney for 22 years, who announced his retirement. Rua will serve in the position until the end of December, but will need to run for election in November to remain in the position. Tuesday was Trabu…

Erie County

Another former Erie County legislator has landed a job at the Erie County Board of Elections. Former Legislator Ted Morton, R-Cheektowaga, went to work earlier this month as a full-time election clerk. He lost his re-election bid in November following two terms in the Erie County Legislature. Former Legislator Betty Jean Grant, D-Buffalo, whose hiring was previously …

Local News

Rep. Chris Collins told a national television audience Tuesday that President Trump is not a racist. He said the senators who said that Trump identified Haiti and African nations as "(expletive deleted) countries" should be ashamed of themselves for publicizing the details of a private White House meeting on immigration issues. Collins – a Clarence Republican and one…

State

ALBANY — In some of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s past state budgets, one would need a miner’s helmet and flashlight to find all the squirreled away tax and fee increases. In the 2018 budget plan released Tuesday, Cuomo lays them out early and often, even listing in their own table of contents entry. And there are many of what the administration calls "revenue actions," acc…

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to spend above the rate inflation for education and health care, but make cuts in other areas, all while raising more than $1 billion in new revenues. That would mean tax hikes on health insurers and freezing breaks for New Yorkers enrolled in the STAR property tax program. In a relatively somber budget address Tuesday that contain…

Local News

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is slowing down spending in some areas of the proposed 2018 New York State budget, while turning to $1 billion in “revenue actions,’’ including tax hikes on health insurers and freezing breaks given to New Yorkers enrolled in the STAR property tax program. Cuomo this afternoon also called for the creation of a state panel to advise him on t…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has a favorability rate among likely voters of 62 percent to 30 percent, the highest in his eight years as governor, according to a poll conducted by the Siena Research Institute released today. The news comes as Cuomo is preparing to unveil his eighth state budget plan as governor today. The poll also found that Cuomo's job performance rating is…

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Just a few weeks ago, Joel A. Giambra the lobbyist was working the State Capitol’s hallways advocating the legalization of marijuana. Now he works a different Capitol angle as a Republican hopeful for governor, proposing that legalized and tightly regulated marijuana sales represent the best way to address the state’s massive infrastructure and mass transit needs. “I…

State

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo presents his eighth state budget plan as governor Tuesday, a fiscal road map that must be able to address a worsening deficit, declining federal funding for state initiatives, rising unemployment in most areas of the state and an ever-hungry appetite for state dollars from education and health care sectors. The governor, who is expected to …

Niagara County

The Niagara Falls City Council will debate Wednesday whether to cut its own pay – and that of Mayor Paul A. Dyster – by 10 percent. Interviews with Council members indicated that the mayoral pay cut may pass, although perhaps not by a large enough vote to override a veto by Dyster. However, the Council pay cut seemed to be headed for defeat. Dyster did not respond to…

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WASHINGTON –- Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday asked the Internal Revenue Service to give a break to all New York taxpayers who paid their 2018 property taxes early in order to ease the pain of the coming limits to the state and local tax deduction. A tax code overhaul passed by Republicans in Congress will limit that deduction to the first $10,000 of…