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There was a time when Buffalo Republicans at least fantasized about electing one of their own as mayor. Candidates such as Richard A. Grimm III and Kevin J. Helfer would raise money, campaign on the issues, and haunt the heavily favored Democratic candidates. But in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 7 to 1, those days appear to be over. No Rep…

WASHINGTON – To hear country-rock relic Charlie Daniels tell it, it's as if the devil went down to the Senate floor – in the form of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. "There's something sinister about seeing you bent over the lectern in the Senate Chamber, your countenance resembling what I would imagine Edgar Allen Poe's would look like reciting one of his…

The Amherst Republican Committee endorsed Joseph Spino for election to the Town Board on Thursday night after Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein withdrew his bid for the party's backing. Weinstein, who can't run for re-election because of term limits, had weighed entering the race for one of two Town Board seats up for grabs this fall. But Weinstein needed town law amende…

WASHINGTON – This holiday is now by custom preserved for family gatherings. And sport; and for those lucky enough to live near glorious Lakes Erie and Ontario, all kinds of water sports. But for a shrinking number of Americans, it is still a day for mourning this nation’s hundreds of thousands of war dead. Memorial Day could be a day for us to persistently demand an…

Out with the old. In with the new. The Buffalo Arts Commission, the Buffalo History Museum and descendants of veterans who fought in the Spanish-American War joined Mayor Brown Thursday afternoon to show off a new time capsule that will replace an old one that was stumbled upon three years ago. Contractors working on the Cars Sharing Main Street project in 2014 found …

There's no such thing as a typical day for a Niagara County coroner, but the stress and time demands can be too much for some. "There are times when there's no calls for days, and then there are days when you're gone from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. I've done that," Coroner Michael A. Ross of Lockport said. For the fourth time in less than 18 months, a coroner is resigning, as…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins faces challenges that might be enough to knock off a typical politician: a stock investment that led to an ethics investigation, deep ties to an unpopular president – and the occasional habit of saying something controversial. But, so far, 17 months before his next election, the Clarence Republican lacks the most important challenge. …

ABOARD THE GOOD SHIP ANDREW – You’ve heard of a champagne cruise. Call this one a campaign cruise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo invited about 100 of his closest friends aboard a Buffalo Harbor tour boat Wednesday to see firsthand all of the marvels of Albany’s largess since 2011 – coincidentally the same year as the start of his administration. It was a beautiful day fo…

Ramped up for summertime reading and writing For many kids, summer break usually means no reading, no writing, no ‘rithmetic. But 917 students at Waterfront Elementary got really excited about the upcoming 16th Annual Summer Reading Challenge. Mayor Byron W. Brown kicked of the challenge at a rally that was held at the school on Wednesday. Children entering grades k…

WASHINGTON – Many Buffalo-area medical practices will receive a big financial boost – and patients likely will get easier access to health care – thanks to the region's selection for a new Medicare pilot program that eventually could help cure the area's physician shortage. Insurance executives who pushed for the program said Wednesday that the pilot program is li…

WASHINGTON – Michael R. Caputo will have to speak to the House Intelligence Committee in its investigation of Russian influence in last year's presidential election, but initial indications are that he will not be testifying in public. The committee is interested in talking to Caputo because he worked for the Donald Trump presidential campaign from November 2015 thro…

Is there such a thing as too much cuteness? Well, if so, I don’t want to know about it. We've been telling you about the artwork of Buffalo's pre-K students on display on the first floor of City Hall. It's part of the school district's "50th Annual Prekindergarten Art Show." On Tuesday, youngsters from Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy stopped by City Hall to po…

WASHINGTON – The committee charged with electing more Democrats to the House this week once again named Rep. Tom Reed as one of its top targets. And  a Democratic candidate has emerged to oppose Reed. Rick Gallant, a longtime teacher and union activist from the Corning area, announced that he will challenge Reed next year in New York's 23rd Congressional District,…

ALBANY – Fifty-three percent of registered voters who responded to a new poll said they are prepared to re-elect Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to a third term in 2018. Cuomo's favorability rating among New Yorkers also climbed to its highest level since 2014, according to a new poll released Wednesday morning by Siena College. The re-elect numbers for Cuomo are up from his …

ALBANY  – The State Senate has passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, which would add dentists to the state's "Doctors Across New York" program, Young reported Tuesday. The bill would allow the State Department of Health to recruit and provide financial incentives for dentists to work in communities that lack dental care. "We have a real short…