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WASHINGTON – More than 19,000 Buffalo area residents on the state's Essential Plan health care option could be in danger of losing their insurance because the Trump administration is threatening to withdraw a huge part of the program's funding. Meantime, another 10,637 metro Buffalo residents who buy their health care on the state's insurance exchange could see dra…

Terrence Robinson announced Saturday his intention to run on the Green Party line for Buffalo mayor. Robinson made his announcement on  Earth Day 2017, which  also was the one year anniversary of the Paris Agreement and the 47th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970. Robinson is  a founding member of Preservation Buffalo Niagara and a present member of the  …

A retired Tonawanda city police officer who serves as the Common Council's Fourth Ward councilman announced Saturday he will run for mayor. Timothy Toth, a Republican, is seeking to unseat Mayor Rick Davis, a Democrat, who is expected to campaign for a second four-year term. Toth was born and raised in the City of Tonawanda and retired after 24 years in the city's p…

Steve Cichon formally announced Saturday that he is a candidate for Erie County Clerk, seeking the Democratic endorsement. Surrounded by family, friends and supporters in front of Cheektowaga Town Hall, Cichon said he will bring an "outsider perspective" to the office. But he also credited the leadership of former Democratic Clerks Jane Starosciak, Dave Swarts and Ka…

WASHINGTON – Like the lost “armada” led by the aircraft carrier USS Vinson, President Trump’s grand economic plan is almost all sizzle and no beef. Trump’s firebrand pledges to, in effect, make China eat dirt for “stealing American jobs,” a vow that wowed 2016 rallies in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, are now ashes in his mouth. There are two reasons …

WASHINGTON – President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer are banding together to fight what they see as Canada's attempt to block U.S. dairy producers from shipping huge amounts of one of their key products north of the border. Schumer said Friday morning that he spoke with Trump about the matter Thursday, and that the two me…

They gathered at St. Joseph University Church Saturday for a farewell to Jack Curtin, the federal judge whose name will always appear in any history book ever written about this town. Buffalo News reporter Dan Herbeck may have captured Curtin best in his obituary a week ago, describing him as “a slightly built man with twinkling blue eyes, a gentle wit and a humble de…

WASHINGTON – The most powerful man in the world and America's most powerful Democrat haven't exactly gotten along well since Donald Trump called Chuck Schumer a clown. But it now looks as if Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York might conceivably be able to bond – over a glass of milk. A day after Trump vowed to help dairy farmers who a…

By Emily Steel and Michael S. Schmidt Bill O’Reilly has been forced out of his position as a prime-time host on Fox News, the company said on Wednesday, after the disclosure of multiple settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against him. His ouster brings an abrupt and embarrassing end to his two-decade reign as one of the most popular and influential com…

G. Steven Pigeon faces three charges of violating state election law. The former Erie County Democratic chairman is accused of illegally funding races for the County Legislature and a local town supervisor in 2013. Two longtime Pigeon associates, Kristy L. Mazurek and David B. Pfaff, were arraigned on the same charges. All three pleaded not guilty. All are accused…

The Erie County Water Authority salaries remain generous, even by public-sector standards. Here were some top salaries when The News obtained them in 2016: • Deputy Director Robert J. Lichtenthal Jr.: $155,812 • Director of Administration Paul H. Riester: $146,097 • Secretary to the Authority Joseph T. Burns: $140,553 • Executive Engineer Russell J. Stoll:…

Buffalo political operative G. Steven Pigeon is due in a Buffalo courtroom this morning on a criminal complaint alleging he broke campaign finance laws while supporting candidates in elections for Erie County Legislature and Amherst supervisor. Two long-time associates, Kristy L. Mazurek and David B. Pfaff, are also expected to be in court to answer charges. Follow B…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican who has been one of President Trump's most outspoken backers, expressed frustration about the new president's slow progress in appointing people to federal judgeships and jobs – including those in Western New York. "We are actually hearing they may not fill some of these positions this year in New York," Collin…

Long-anticipated election law complaints against Buffalo political operative G. Steven Pigeon and two others are expected to be lodged Wednesday in State Supreme Court. Three sources familiar with the situation say Pigeon and two long-time associates ‑ Kristy L. Mazurek and David B. Pfaff ‑ will face felony complaints of election law violations. Another source indic…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed a new top aide Monday, naming his already-close advisor, Melissa DeRosa, as secretary to the governor. The administration said DeRosa is the first woman to hold the post. Departing back to the private sector is William Mulrow, who served Cuomo as secretary since the beginning of the governor’s second term in 2015. Mulrow was …