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Erie County Board of Elections officials have declared incumbent Timothy B. Howard the official winner of the election for sheriff following a count of outstanding absentee ballots. Board spokesman Mario Alaimo said the absentee ballot count that caused Democratic challenger Bernard A. Tolbert to delay an official concession resulted in a net increase of about 300 vote…

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Republican challenger Michael R. Young declared himself the winner Tuesday of the City of Tonawanda Third Ward Common Council seat after absentee ballots were counted and his slim lead over Councilmember Sean Rautenstrauch grew slightly. Young was ahead by 11 votes after absentee ballots were counted at the Erie County Board of Elections two weeks after the Nov. 7 elect…

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A coalition of citizens groups will gather at 4:30 p.m. Monday outside the Saturn Club in Buffalo to protest Rep. Chris Collins' appearance there -- and the Clarence Republican's support for a GOP tax reform plan. The groups said they oppose the plan because it will raise taxes for some state residents. The bill cuts the deduction for state and local taxes. The group…

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WASHINGTON – Think of the tax revision bill that just passed the House as “The Son of Citizens United v. F.E.C. Tax Bill.” The title refers to the infamous 2010 Supreme Court ruling that unleashed the torrent of secret, and unlimited, corporate and union campaign cash on this town. It changed politics and governance in America by moving both behind the curtains, perh…

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NEW YORK — Sam Hoyt threatened her. He groped her. Finally he paid her $50,000 to keep quiet. And the governor's office let it happen. Those are the key allegations that former state employee Lisa Marie Cater makes in a federal lawsuit filed here over the weekend. She accuses Hoyt, a Buffalo political figure for decades and key Cuomo administration appointee for six y…

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ALBANY – The Buffalo  woman who recently told her story of being sexually harassed by Sam Hoyt, a former state lawmaker and top economic adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has filed a federal lawsuit against Hoyt for engaging in a “pattern of committing sexual harassment, assault, discrimination and retaliation” against her. Lisa Marie Cater, who previously talked to …

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WASHINGTON — Tax reform could cost Buffalo city schools $12.2 million. It also could radically raise the cost of construction for improvements at the region's colleges, in Buffalo's public housing, and elsewhere throughout the region. And it could force the federal government to make unprecedented cuts in Medicare, border security and a host of other programs. S…

WASHINGTON – Think of the tax revision bill that just passed the House as “The Son of Citizens United v. F.E.C. Tax Bill.” The title refers to the infamous 2010 Supreme Court ruling that unleashed the torrent of secret, and unlimited, corporate and union campaign cash on this town. It changed politics and governance in America by moving both behind the curtains, perh…

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WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo pushed hard to try to get Republican House members from New York to oppose a tax reform bill that sharply cuts the deduction for state and local taxes. But to hear Republicans tell it, the governor didn’t push nearly as hard as he said he did. http://buffalonews.com/2017/11/16/house-passes-gop-tax-reform-proposal/ Three House …

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An Albany County judge has denied former Sen. George D. Maziarz’s motion to dismiss three counts of election law felonies in a scathing decision that points fingers at some of the top names in Niagara County Republican politics. The decision brings to light much of what top Niagara County GOP figures disclosed to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s grand jury ba…

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More news, notes and observations: • The eyes of New York are upon Texas, at least GOP eyes. Republican sources say Harry Wilson made his way to Austin for a mid-week meeting of the Republican Governors Association in another sign that the Westchester financier continues to seriously explore challenging Democrat Andrew Cuomo next year. Wilson is only a semi-fa…

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WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday passed the most sweeping tax legislation in 31 years, a $1.5 trillion cut that aims to reduce rates and slash many deductions – including the write-off for state and local taxes, which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and even many New York Republicans say is essential to the state. Yet the 227-205 House vote exposed divisions that will make i…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to make an education announcement this morning at a Buffalo school. Cuomo is scheduled to be at Hamlin Park Claude and Ouida Clapp Academy on Donaldson Road, a pre-K through grade eight public school, at 10 a.m. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is also expected to be at the announcement.    

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Use of the Amherst town seal in campaign material could be prevented if a proposed law is passed. The issue came up in the days before Election Day when a letter carrying the town seal went out from Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein in which he endorsed Guy R. Marlette, a candidate for the Erie County Legislature's 5th district. Now, the restriction is among a series of…

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WASHINGTON – House Republicans appear headed toward passing a massive tax bill Thursday that could, if approved by the Senate, lead to radical changes for the 152,000 or so metro Buffalo taxpayers who stand poised to lose at least part of the state and local tax deduction they are accustomed to claiming. The two parties continued their heated debate on the measure on …