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Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard has taken the gloves off early in his bid for re-election this fall, launching a television attack ad Friday against Democratic challenger Bernard A. Tolbert. Tolbert and other Democratic leaders say the early launch of a negative ad is a sign that Howard's campaign perceives Tolbert as a serious threat. "Tim Howard’s ad is cla…

WASHINGTON – Two of Western New York's House members will head to the White House Tuesday to talk about tax reform with President Trump. Rep. Brian Higgins and Rep. Tom Reed are among several members of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee to receive the invitation. Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, said Saturday that he will use the meeting to push for a tax …

WASHINGTON - Rep. Chris Collins didn't report his role with a dormant company on his personal financial disclosure forms — and Rep. Louise M. Slaughter isn't happy about it. Slaughter wrote a letter last week to the House Ethics Committee — which is investigating Collins' involvement with Innate Immunotherapeutics — criticizing Collins for not reporting his positi…

The long-awaited trial of former State Sen. George D. Maziarz on three felony election law violations, slated to begin in Albany County Court on Monday, has been delayed until Feb. 5. Albany County Judge Peter A. Lynch, who was to preside over the non-jury trial, granted the Friday motions of defense attorneys Joseph M. LaTona of Buffalo and E. Stewart Jones of Troy see…

WASHINGTON – In September 2000, a brash Long Island congressman named Rick Lazio aggressively invaded Hillary Clinton’s space during a debate in Buffalo for the U.S. Senate and sent her on her way politically. Or so it seemed. Supported by an immense back shop, unlimited money and a strong sense of entitlement, Clinton was unstoppable. Her destiny was to become the …

The mighty bison The American bison was nearly extinct, but thanks to conservation efforts, the population is stable and now they're roaming all over Buffalo. In statue form, that is. They're everywhere. For instance, there's a small herd in LaSalle Park. A lone buffalo on Seneca Street in South Buffalo welcomes people into the Seneca Babcock community. …

A former White House chief of staff will be the keynote speaker at the Amherst Republicans' annual dinner next week. Andrew Card, who served as President George W. Bush's chief of staff and was the person who informed the president, while Bush was talking with a second-grade class, that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, is the featured gue…

Top-flight Democrats are not exactly lining up to take on GOP Congressman Chris Collins in 2018. That’s the deal when you’re the incumbent representing the most Republican congressional district in New York, you’ve assembled an impressive team, can boast of overflowing campaign coffers and can dig into your own well-stuffed wallet just in case. And, oh yes, you…

Security, please! An armed security guard now will be posted at all Common Council meetings, including committee meetings and regular business meetings. The condition is part of the renewal contract for a second year with private security company G4S Secure Solutions to provide uniformed, armed guards at City Hall through June. Common Council President Darius G. Pri…

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer traveled to North Java in Wyoming County on Wednesday to announce his push for federal funding for farm safety programs. President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposed a 40 percent cut in funding for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Schumer said that could mean less money for the Northeast Center for Oc…

WASHINGTON -- Hospitals such as Erie County Medical Center face a more immediate funding threat than the new Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. Funding is set to expire Sept. 30 for the federal government's program to pay more to hospitals who take a disproportionate share of Medicaid patients -- such as ECMC. If Congress allows that to happen, public…

WASHINGTON — The Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has sprung back to life — in the form of a Senate bill that would cost New York State tens of billions more than earlier health care reform bills. The new effort, sponsored by Republican Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, would repeal federal subsid…

Freedom, justice and the long struggle The Freedom Wall is all about history. The recently completed mural is located at Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street, which is the northern entrance to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor. The artwork provides a "unique story about civil and human rights work in American history, with an eye toward cont…

WASHINGTON – Erin Cole, an Army veteran and former state and federal official who two months ago became the first Democrat to announce plans to challenge Rep. Chris Collins next year, withdrew from the race Monday. Cole announced her withdrawal in a press release, saying: "After exploring this race for the last two months, I have decided to end my campaign. I will sup…