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ALBANY – Joseph Percoco, a longtime confidante and aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and others go on trial Monday in a lower Manhattan courtroom, where a jury will consider whether state decision-making was driven by bribes of a top Cuomo official. Cuomo won’t be on trial and he has not been implicated in any wrongdoing, but in the end, people statewide will be watching to ge…

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By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Thomas Kaplan WASHINGTON – Much of the federal government officially shut down early Saturday after Senate Democrats, showing remarkable solidarity in the face of a clear political danger, blocked consideration of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating. The shutdown, coming one year to the day after President Donald Tru…

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WASHINGTON – Thousands of abortion opponents from around the country traveled to the nation's capital Friday for the annual March for Life, and many said they did so with mixed feelings of hope and trepidation – all because of President Trump. Attendees from Buffalo praised Trump for his appointments of a conservative Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, as well as othe…

The Village of Blasdell is looking for candidates for village trustee. The opening came as a result of former Mayor Michael Petrie winning election to the Hamburg Town Board. Petrie resigned Wednesday as mayor, and the Village Board appointed Trustee Rob Hefner to succeed him. Hefner will accept letters of interest accompanied by resumes from village residents who ar…

It was a bit of musical chairs in the Village of Blasdell Wednesday night as the mayor resigned, the deputy mayor took over, then the board appointed a new mayor. Mayor Michael Petrie, who joined the Hamburg Town Board Jan. 1, submitted his resignation during the mayor's report section of the meeting, where he said he was pleased to have been able to serve the villa…

Obituaries

March 2, 1953 – Jan. 13, 2018 Paula J. Stockman, chairwoman of the Cattaraugus County Legislature, died unexpectedly Saturday in her home in South Dayton. She was 64. The longtime village clerk in South Dayton and a Republican, last year she became the second woman to head the Legislature. Her death surprised county lawmakers. “She seemed to be in very good hea…

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ALBANY — The state tax department has outlined for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo a series of possible options that New York State could take with its tax code to try to circumvent provisions in the new federal tax law that hit some higher income residents with new restrictions on state and local tax deductions. The plans target possible major changes to the state’s system of col…

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ALBANY — Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul dismisses talk that she will not run as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate and instead challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins this fall as “political fodder of the chattering class.” "My choice is to continue on as lieutenant governor and to run for re-election with the governor and not be distracted by individuals who would like me…

Erie County

Deputy City Attorney S. Michael Rua was named city attorney on an interim basis by the Tonawanda Common Council on Tuesday. He replaces Ronald C. Trabucco, the city attorney for 22 years, who announced his retirement. Rua will serve in the position until the end of December, but will need to run for election in November to remain in the position. Tuesday was Trabu…

Erie County

Another former Erie County legislator has landed a job at the Erie County Board of Elections. Former Legislator Ted Morton, R-Cheektowaga, went to work earlier this month as a full-time election clerk. He lost his re-election bid in November following two terms in the Erie County Legislature. Former Legislator Betty Jean Grant, D-Buffalo, whose hiring was previously …

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Rep. Chris Collins told a national television audience Tuesday that President Trump is not a racist. He said the senators who said that Trump identified Haiti and African nations as "(expletive deleted) countries" should be ashamed of themselves for publicizing the details of a private White House meeting on immigration issues. Collins – a Clarence Republican and one…

State

ALBANY — In some of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s past state budgets, one would need a miner’s helmet and flashlight to find all the squirreled away tax and fee increases. In the 2018 budget plan released Tuesday, Cuomo lays them out early and often, even listing in their own table of contents entry. And there are many of what the administration calls "revenue actions," acc…

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to spend above the rate inflation for education and health care, but make cuts in other areas, all while raising more than $1 billion in new revenues. That would mean tax hikes on health insurers and freezing breaks for New Yorkers enrolled in the STAR property tax program. In a relatively somber budget address Tuesday that contain…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is slowing down spending in some areas of the proposed 2018 New York State budget, while turning to $1 billion in “revenue actions,’’ including tax hikes on health insurers and freezing breaks given to New Yorkers enrolled in the STAR property tax program. Cuomo this afternoon also called for the creation of a state panel to advise him on t…