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ALBANY – Fifty-three percent of registered voters who responded to a new poll said they are prepared to re-elect Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to a third term in 2018. Cuomo's favorability rating among New Yorkers also climbed to its highest level since 2014, according to a new poll released Wednesday morning by Siena College. The re-elect numbers for Cuomo are up from his …

Is there such a thing as too much cuteness? Well, if so, I don’t want to know about it. We've been telling you about the artwork of Buffalo's pre-K students on display on the first floor of City Hall. It's part of the school district's "50th Annual Prekindergarten Art Show." On Tuesday, youngsters from Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy stopped by City Hall to po…

WASHINGTON – The committee charged with electing more Democrats to the House this week once again named Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, as one of its top targets. And on Tuesday, a Democratic candidate emerged to oppose Reed. Rick Gallant, a longtime teacher and union activist from the Corning area, announced that he will challenge Reed next year in New York's 23rd Congr…

ALBANY  – The State Senate has passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, which would add dentists to the state's "Doctors Across New York" program, Young reported Tuesday. The bill would allow the State Department of Health to recruit and provide financial incentives for dentists to work in communities that lack dental care. "We have a real short…

Gayle Meyers doesn't fit the stereotype of a poor person, but the developmentally disabled woman from Buffalo has lived for years on Social Security disability payments, with Medicaid to take care of her health needs. In other words, she's lived her adult life with the aid of programs that President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget, released Tuesday, would cut. "I would no…

WASHINGTON – Buffalo-area political consultant Michael R. Caputo wants to testify publicly before a House committee that asked to interview him privately about his involvement in the Donald Trump campaign and Russian interference in last year's presidential election. A source told The Buffalo News on Monday that Caputo wants to appear in public before the House Intell…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins may be more well-known for fighting for Buffalo's waterfront and Central Terminal than he is for fighting over major national issues such as health care reform, but that seems to be changing. Higgins, D-Buffalo, has been increasingly raising his voice on national issues. He proved it last week when he took the lead in decrying the fact …

WASHINGTON – Two days after news broke that congressional investigators are looking into Rep. Chris Collins' biotech stock purchases, the Clarence Republican sat down with pharmaceutical lobbyists Thursday over lunch at Fiola, a swanky Italian restaurant a half-mile from the Capitol. The cost of admission: a campaign contribution of anywhere from $500 to $2,500. It…

Michelle M. Roman, a teacher at Holley Central School, is running for 5th Ward alderman in this fall's City of Lockport election. Roman, a first-time candidate, apparently will face a Democratic primary against Alderman Richard E. Abbott, who drew the party's ire after voting against Common Council resolutions that sought to restore the Fire Department's ambulance …

JAMESTOWN – All six of the men who have served as Chautauqua County executive since the post was created in 1975 will come together to talk about their experiences and how the job has evolved during a program May 30 in the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St. Taking part will be Joseph Gerace, who served from 1975 to 1983; John A. Glenzer, 1983-1989; Andrew W. …

Donna L. Braun, North Tonawanda 2nd Ward alderwoman, announced Thursday she will run for re-election to her third term this fall. Braun, a Republican, said she also will seek the nominations of the Conservative and Independence parties. Braun said she intends to concentrate on economic development projects. She said, “We have made needed upgrades to our Oliver…

WASHINGTON – It will be like this. Just as in 1974 when GOP leaders shambled into President Richard Nixon’s office, a squad of Republican sachems will settle into soft chairs in the Oval Office and tell President Donald J. Trump that it’s over. The main difference between the 1974 visitors and today’s is that the earlier Republicans, who were in the minority, kn…

WASHINGTON – A medical research consortium based at the University of Buffalo has seen a key federal funding stream cut by 10 percent, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is fighting to get the funding restored. In anticipation of budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration, the National Institutes of Health cut a grant to UB's Clinical and Translationa…

Steve Pigeon was back in court a few days ago, facing a judge for the third time in the last 10 months. This time the former Erie County Democratic chairman appeared in U.S. District Court to answer more questions about his controversial fundraising methods. A federal complaint alleges that Pigeon, a longtime confidant of Andrew Cuomo, conspired to solicit a $25,000 con…

Lackawanna residents face a full slate of candidates this election season with open City Council seats in the First, Second, Third and Fourth Wards and a City Court judgeship up for grabs. The Lackawanna Democratic Party Committee Chairman David Iafallo said the committee recently endorsed the following: First Ward council member: Mohamed Albanna, a 47-year residen…