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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…

Local News

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…

Columns

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…

Education

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.    

Amherst

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 …

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo spent Tuesday traveling between San Francisco and Los Angeles, raising money for his gubernatorial campaign fund and, presumably, stirring the waters a bit more about a possible 2020 White House run. How much Cuomo raised was not revealed by his campaign. Cuomo left sometime Monday evening and was due back Tuesday night. Cuomo was expe…

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday declared New York's Lake Ontario shoreline a disaster area, opening up federal funding for recovery efforts from flooding that took place there between May 2 and Aug. 6. State, local and tribal governments, as well as some nonprofit groups, will be eligible to apply for federal money for emergency work and the repair or replacem…

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WASHINGTON — President Trump's budget director on Tuesday offered a spirited defense of a tax reform proposal that would curtail the deduction taxpayers take for state and local taxes, acknowledging that it could do most damage to high-tax states such as New York. But states such as New York should take responsibility for their own high tax rates — and stop making t…

Business

ALBANY – A Western New York Republican lawmaker tangled Monday with the state’s economic development czar over the level of credit taken by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s in the Buffalo area’s employment health. The exchange at a legislative hearing between Assemblyman Raymond Walter, an Amherst Republican, and Howard Zemsky, a Buffalo businessman, came weeks after the …

Politics

WASHINGTON — It was as if the mild-mannered backbench congressman from Buffalo stripped off his boxy pinstriped suit to reveal a silver spandex shirt with a big blue "D" on it as he as he suddenly became … SuperDemocrat! Raising his voice to nearly a shout, Rep. Brian Higgins last week summed up his party's argument against the Republican tax cut plan as the House …

Erie County

On the face of things, Erie County appears as a most hospitable place for Democrats seeking office. Upstate New York’s largest metropolitan area boasts a strong Democratic tradition, unified party leadership and – most of all – 133,756 more Democrats than Republicans. But voters once again on Tuesday showed that anything can happen in Erie County. Despite the …