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The Senate last week passed Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer's bill that aims to give after-school programs and children's groups access to federal background checks that could identify potential employees as convicted sex offenders. And on Wednesday, Schumer pressed the House to do the same. “The school bell has rung so it’s time for the House of Representativ…

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It wasn't exactly a Hatfield/McCoy or Trump/Corker type of feud, but Rep. Tom Reed let loose against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Charles E. Schumer Tuesday regarding the argument that the New York's top two Democrats made a day earlier against changes to the state and local tax deduction. Reed, a Corning Republican who is drafting a tax-reform compromise in which that de…

It’s early and it was only for bragging rights, but businessman Ian Golden of Tompkins County emerged as winner of a weekend straw poll among Democrats lining up to challenge Republican Rep. Tom Reed of the 23rd Congressional District next year. Golden captured 30 percent of the vote at the Saturday survey of Democrats gathering in Randolph. Attorney Eddie Sundquist o…

Terrence Robinson is the Green Party challenger to incumbent Byron W. Brown in next month’s general election for mayor. Robinson laid out his five-point agenda for his long-shot chances of becoming the next mayor. Brown won the primary election last month, which essentially put him on the road to his fourth term. Still, Robinson says he’s in the race until the en…

ALBANY – Tom DiNapoli just wasn’t into playing the political rumor game. For the better part of a year, Albany has been whispering about a scenario in which Gov. Andrew Cuomo would not seek a third term in 2018, despite his non-stop fundraising and frequent statewide barnstorming. Under the theory, Cuomo is interested in keeping his name alive for a possible 2020…

Terrence A. Robinson, who is registered as a Democrat, is the Green Party candidate for Buffalo mayor. He serves on the Buffalo Preservation Board and is a founding member of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. Even though Byron W. Brown won the primary election last month and seems to be a shoe-in for next month’s general election, 62-year-old Robinson is not deterred. …

There will be at least one write-in candidate challenging incumbent Byron W. Brown in the race for Buffalo mayor in the November general election. Taniqua Simmons, a political newcomer and Humboldt Park resident, announced her candidacy back in May but  skipped last month’s Democratic primary that Brown won, virtually sealing a fourth term for him. Despite that, S…

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ALBANY – Republicans are criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not getting rid of all of the contributions he received from Harvey Weinstein, the movie producer numerous women have accused of rape or sexual harassment. The New York Republican Party said Cuomo is the sole Democratic politician not donating all of Weinstein’s contributions to charities “In the dictio…

Even though Byron W. Brown won the all-important Democratic primary last month, the race for Buffalo mayor is not over yet. Heading into the November general election, Brown spent almost $32,500 from Sept.19 – that's a week after the primary – through the end of September, according to campaign spending reports filed in the past few days with the state Board of Elec…

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The Erie County Board of Elections will offer extended hours for absentee voting through Monday, Nov. 6. Voting will be available in Room 230 of the Rath County Office Building from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24; Thursday, Oct. 26; Tuesday, Oct. 31; and Thursday, Nov. 2. The board also will accommodate absentee voting from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Rath Buildin…

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ALBANY – A leading environmental group has scored members of the State Legislature for their voting records during the 2017 session and Western New York lawmakers received a broad range of ratings. EPL/Environmental Advocates gave perfect scores for the votes taken during the six-month session by four Democrats from Western New York: Sen. Timothy Kennedy and Assembly …