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WASHINGTON – "Upper New York" clearly doesn't have a stiff upper lip. Instead, upper lips were quivering with rage all across upstate New York Thursday in reaction to President Donald Trump's suggestion that manufacturing workers may want to leave the region. Leading the outrage was Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, who took to social media to invite the pre…

WASHINGTON — People who are 50 and older would be able to buy into Medicare, the government-run health insurance plan for seniors, under legislation unveiled Thursday by Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo and several of his Democratic House colleagues. The bill, to be formally introduced in the fall, would allow anyone ages 50 to 64 to buy Medicare coverage on any of the h…

In the grand scheme of local politics, this year’s trio of countywide races is not exactly fanning voter passions. You won’t hear much water cooler debate over the county clerk, or even comptroller or sheriff – with all due respect to the honorable officeholders and their challengers. Still, much is riding on these campaigns this year, as well as with several s…

Greetings Bienvenido. Herzlich willkommen. Benvenuto. These are just a few ways to say welcome in different languages. But a new mural on the side of a building in the Fillmore District was painted with 13 languages to make people feel really welcome. “Welcome Wall” is the name of the artwork. It was designed and installed by two Philadelphia-based artists …

WASHINGTON – EMILY's List, a political group that promotes women in politics, announced Thursday that it will target Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican, in the November 2018 election. “Women voters are furious at his shameful lack of courage and leadership – especially when it comes to protecting the safety and well-being of their families," said Stephanie …

Amherst Democrats are trying to get the Republican candidate for town supervisor thrown off the ballot, arguing in a court filing that the town's term limits law bar her from running. In a petition filed July 20 in State Supreme Court, the Democrats allege that Marjory H. Jaeger is "ineligible" to run for supervisor because she is midway through her second consecutive t…

WASHINGTON — President Trump has a message for down-on-their-luck blue-collar workers all across upstate New York: Move. And don't look back on the house you left behind. In a Wall Street Journal interview published Wednesday, the president said that people in New York and some other states are going to have to move to states such as Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado…

WASHINGTON — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday made a rare appearance in the U.S. Capitol to meet with fellow Democrats in the New York congressional delegation, pressing lawmakers to continue to fight Republican health care legislation while pushing for increased infrastructure investment. Cuomo met for nearly an hour with congressional Democrats in a Capitol conference…

Out for recess Tuesday marked the last Common Council meeting until Sept. 5. Until then, city lawmakers will be on break. Fillmore District Councilman David Franczyk shared with me that the concept of August recess dates as far back as Abraham Lincoln’s administration. D.C. summers would get so blistering hot – especially during August – that Congress just took…

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority — which serves 10,000 residents — has a new board to oversee the agency. And one of the first things it'll likely do is figure out if the housing authority owes the city $4.2 million. The Common Council approved four appointments Mayor Byron W. Brown made to the housing authority board of commissioners on Tuesday, thereby …

Roll 'em on in It’s hard to miss the 28 sphere-shaped posts called “bollards” that were installed in front of City Hall last month. Well, 28 more of them were delivered last week and stationed on the side of building that faces the Turner Parking Ramp. In total, 160 bollards will be installed around City Hall over the next few months at cost of $129,489. A g…

Conventional wisdom says a candidate for Amherst Town Board needs to raise at least $15,000 to run a competitive race. One candidate has already raised more than four times that amount. Erin Baker, a Republican candidate for Town Board, had amassed $64,735, according to campaign reports filed last week with the state Board of Elections. That's more than all the othe…

BERRYVILLE, Va. — Congressional Democrats Monday began outlining a new agenda for the Trump era, and it showed the nation's most powerful Democrat — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer — embracing progressive economics first and foremost over the middle-of-the-road appeals he once favored. A decade after writing a book in which Schumer suggested that Democra…

No candidate for mayor will receive backing from the Buffalo Central Labor Council this year. A knowledgeable source within the organization who asked not to be identified said Monday that the influential labor group affiliated with the AFL-CIO will not support incumbent Byron W. Brown nor challengers Mark J.F. Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant in the September Democratic …

Don't be surprised to see the Buffalo comptroller on your doorstep this week. Mark J.F. Schroeder already has visited thousands of homes this summer as he challenges incumbent Byron W. Brown for mayor in the September Democratic primary. And Brown, along with Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, could be expected to/is also looking to ramp up activity this week a…