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Another former top Niagara County Republican is expected to find out his punishment Friday in an Albany courtroom. It’ll be another reminder of the challenge the county’s new GOP chairman faces. Richard L. Andres Jr., who became the party chairman last week, said the Niagara County Republican Party must regain the trust of voters. “The onus is on us to prove that …

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Democrats in the Amherst-based 146th Assembly District on Wednesday nominated attorney Karen M. McMahon as their candidate against Republican incumbent Raymond W. Walter in November. The move ends the potential for a Democratic primary featuring Susan J. Grelick after the former Amherst supervisor said Thursday that the possibility of a Democratic takeover of the Senate p…

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By VIVIAN WANG ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that he intends to restore voting rights to felons on parole, a move that could open the ballot box to more than 35,000 people. The mechanism through which Cuomo plans to do so is unusual: He would consider pardons for all 35,000 people currently on parole in New York, as well as any new convicted felon…

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WASHINGTON – Please don't take Sean Hannity seriously. He's a faux journalist. He is biased. He's a conspiracy-monger. Plus he's a shill for Donald Trump. And he was all those things before we found out this week that he shared a lawyer with the president, a lawyer Hannity defended before a nightly audience of more than 3 million people without mentioning the signifi…

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WASHINGTON – The late Rep. Louise M. Slaughter got her start in politics four decades ago fighting a developer's plans to destroy a grove of trees she could see from her kitchen window in suburban Rochester. And on Wednesday, Slaughter's colleagues honored her by planting a tree in her name on the grounds of the Capitol. A month and two days after Slaughter, a Democr…

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WASHINGTON – A proposal to weaken protections against aquatic invaders in the Great Lakes and across the country failed in a procedural vote in the Senate Wednesday, despite pressure from shipping industry interests that argued for the repeal of regulations it sees as burdensome. An otherwise routine Coast Guard reauthorization bill that includes the weakening of those …

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WASHINGTON — There are millions of reasons to question why a former FBI director formerly known for probity might write a tell-all book on President Trump and then go on a headline-grabbing media tour to promote it. James Comey has a multimillion dollar book deal, you see. And the more books he sells, the more money he makes. Pardon the cynicism, but we've heard this…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo saw his income decline in 2017, largely by the disappearance last year of royalties he had been getting on a 2014 book he authored that saw anemic sales. The governor reported an adjusted gross income of $212,776 last year, down from $418,000 in 2016, according to copies of his tax returns that reporters in Albany were permitted to view on …

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Cheektowaga Democrats unanimously endorsed Asst. Police Chief James J. Speyer Jr. for the town justice seat currently held by Dennis Gorski. Speyer's 35 years of law enforcement experience was a determining factor in the endorsement, said Matt Janiszewski, Cheektowaga Democratic Party chairman. “Jim’s decades of experience in law enforcement will give him a unique pe…

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WASHINGTON – Nathan D. McMurray, the Grand Island town supervisor and party-anointed Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Chris Collins in New York's 27th district, has raised far less campaign money so far than did four of the Democratic candidates who have dropped out of the race. McMurray raised $41,786 between Jan. 14 – the date he entered the race – and March 3…

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WASHINGTON — Here we go again. That's surely how many Americans greeted last week's news that U.S. forces, with their British and French allies, bombed Syria's chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for the rogue nation's poison gas attack on its own citizens a week earlier. A bit of war-weariness is understandable after 15 fitful years of American military effor…

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ALBANY – With attacks from coming from the left and right, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has seen his favorability ranking among New Yorkers slip into a tie with his worst-ever showing since becoming governor in 2011, a new poll has found. Meanwhile, according to Siena College, his Democratic challenger, activist and actress Cynthia Nixon, has cut into his otherwise large lead s…

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ALBANY — At the state Capitol, power takes many forms, but it can be most simplistically on display in three ways: title, salary and size of office. On Monday afternoon, Sen. Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat who recently gave up his four-men-in-a-room power role in Albany as part of a unity pact by warring Senate Democrats, sat at his desk in his new office. The walls in…

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Weekend efforts to coax Democrat Nathan D. McMurray out of his congressional race in favor of Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul have apparently failed. Two sources close to the situation said associates of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo placed a flurry of phone calls on Sunday exploring the switch, but McMurray said Monday he is staying in the race against Republican incumbent Chris Collins …