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WASHINGTON -- For years, Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed took every opportunity to bash Obamacare as a failure. But, after House Republicans failed Friday in their attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the two GOP lawmakers from Western New York offered vastly different reactions to their party's failure. Collins focused on his disappointment. Reed…

The slate of candidates for fall races in the Town of Amherst continues to grow and could feature a rematch between two political foes. A familiar name in town politics for half a century, William L. Kindel, is attempting a return to office with a run for one of two Town Board seats to be vacated. Kindel served five four-year terms as a town councilman during 50 years o…

WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday threatened to sue to stop a congressional proposal that would free New York's counties from having to pay a share of the state's Medicaid costs. “I believe it is unconstitutional and we're seriously considering a lawsuit on behalf of the people of the state of New York to prove what a scam and a fraud this delegation is try…

For the more than quarter-century that George D. Maziarz reigned supreme over Niagara County Republican politics, paying for elections never posed a problem for his brimming campaign treasury. Indeed, during the two years now scrutinized by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the former state senator from Newfane regularly checked in with around three-quarters …

WASHINGTON – The Buffalo Billion became the latest political football Thursday in the Cuomo administration's battle with congressional Republicans over their proposal to shift county Medicaid costs to the state. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul lashed out at Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, over comments he made referencing the Buffalo Billion on a public radio show in New York Cit…

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to announce his widely expected opposition to Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court -- and to say that Democrats will try to block his nomination. "After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Suprem…

Could it be the Leprechaun? Come up the front stairs to the second floor of City Hall, and you'll be impressed by the shiny floors. But as you continue walking around the second floor, at some point you'll notice the entire second-floor walkway isn't shiny. In fact, some of it is dull. What's going on? Seems the floor leading to and on the side in front of the …

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt pleaded not guilty to three felony counts in an Albany courtroom Thursday after his Wednesday indictment on election law violations by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. The North Tonawanda Republican appeared in Albany County Court, one day after a grand jury indicted him and former Sen. George D. Maziarz as part of Schneiderman’s …

WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sounds as if he is in a panic over the bill House Republicans plan to vote on Thursday to repeal and replace Obamacare. And to hear health professionals and policy wonks in the state tell it, he has plenty of reason to panic. The bill would force billions of dollars of additional annual costs onto the state. Thanks to an amendment …

An Albany County grand jury indicted two state senators Wednesday – one sitting and one retired – on felony election law violations, as part of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s probe of election law fraud in Niagara County. State Sen. Robert G. Ortt and former Sen. George D. Maziarz, both with deep roots as North Tonawanda Republicans, are scheduled to be a…

Talking snow as spring begins I was just reading the city's 2016-17 snow removal procedures manual and thought City Hallways readers would be interested in the section called: "Residential Street Protocol." Here's what it says: "Within 24 hours of a snow event, the goal of the Department of Public Works is to complete at least one snow plow pass on every residential …

WASHINGTON – Upstate New York homeowners would get a huge tax break – and House Republicans would get a few more much-needed votes for their health care plan – thanks to an amendment that Rep. Chris Collins got added to that GOP health legislation this week. But that very amendment caused anger and panic in Albany Tuesday. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and health care l…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins' proposal to relieve counties of their Medicaid costs has been added to the Obamacare repeal bill the House is likely to vote on later this week. Collins' plan, which would force New York to pick up the $2.3 billion tab that upstate and Long Island counties now contribute to the health care plan for lower-income state residents, was in…

Close games Wisconsin was the big winner in Buffalo's NCAA March Madness games. But locally it was the University District middle school team and the Masten District high school team that took the championship titles at the Stop Madness Basketball Tournament over the weekend. I got the results Monday from University District Council Member Rasheed Wyatt, whose m…