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Have gun, will travel. That's not just the name of an ancient CBS television western. It's also the world gun rights advocates want to live in – and one they will live in if Republicans in Congress get their way. GOP lawmakers on both sides of Capitol Hill have introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill that would allow people who have concealed-carry p…

'Seasoned' seniors "As the City of Buffalo celebrates Older Americans Month ... ," Mayor Byron Brown said Wednesday, speaking to a group of about 50 seniors. That's when the grumbling started. "Seasoned!" the audience bellowed, drowning out the mayor. They kept it up: "Seasoned! Seasoned!" "Seasoned?" Brown asked with a quizzical expression. After a little m…

WASHINGTON – President Trump is getting an earful these days about all the troubles in Western New York's farm country. Maureen Torrey, a Genesee County farmer, met with the president at the White House this week during an agricultural roundtable  – and told Trump all about the labor shortages local farmers are experiencing. And a day later, Rep. Chris Collins s…

WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is taking his fight for a new simulator at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station all the way to the top of the Air Force. The New York Democrat met Tuesday with former Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico, President Trump's nominee to serve as Air Force secretary, and told her about the local base and its importance to…

There will be a lot of talk about a "spoiler" in this year’s mayoral race, and why not? After all, unless one of them drops out, either Byron Brown or Mark Schroeder will be blamed for potentially splitting the male vote and opening the way for Buffalo’s first female chief executive. But of course, that’s not the kind of spoiler anyone envisions in a city long know…

LOCKPORT – Gia M. Arnold, who ran for the State Senate in 2014 on a platform opposing New York's SAFE Act gun control law, pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegal possession of a semiautomatic assault rifle. Arnold, 26, of Rochester, who was arrested last year in Niagara Falls after police found the gun in her vehicle, said she accepted a plea offer on the recommendation …

An Albany County Court judge Monday turned down a motion to dismiss a corruption case against State Sen. Robert Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, on a claim that he was improperly denied a chance to speak before an Albany County grand jury on March 23. In his decision, Judge Peter A. Lynch noted that Ortt had declined to give a statement in advance of questioning in front of the…

WASHINGTON — It's no joke: Both the federal and state governments are lining up to support the new National Comedy Center being built in Jamestown. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, announced Monday that the federal New Market Tax Credit would, in essence, provide $4.8 million in net funding for the comedy center. That money comes on top of $8.3 million appropriated to th…

Local dairy farmers such as John Richmond suddenly see one of their biggest challenges – and President Trump's first big trade controversy – emerging from, of all places, north of the border. Amid a worldwide milk glut that has pushed prices down and left some local farmers just scraping by, the Canadian dairy industry in recent months made moves that, in essence, c…

WASHINGTON – More than 19,000 Buffalo-area residents on the state's Essential Plan health care option could be in danger of losing their insurance because the Trump administration is threatening to withdraw a huge part of the program's funding. Meantime, another 10,637 metro Buffalo residents who buy their health care on the state's insurance exchange could see dra…

Terrence Robinson announced Saturday his intention to run on the Green Party line for Buffalo mayor. Robinson made his announcement on  Earth Day 2017, which  also was the one year anniversary of the Paris Agreement and the 47th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970. Robinson is  a founding member of Preservation Buffalo Niagara and a present member of the  …

A retired Tonawanda city police officer who serves as the Common Council's Fourth Ward councilman announced Saturday he will run for mayor. Timothy Toth, a Republican, is seeking to unseat Mayor Rick Davis, a Democrat, who is expected to campaign for a second four-year term. Toth was born and raised in the City of Tonawanda and retired after 24 years in the city's p…

Steve Cichon formally announced Saturday that he is a candidate for Erie County Clerk, seeking the Democratic endorsement. Surrounded by family, friends and supporters in front of Cheektowaga Town Hall, Cichon said he will bring an "outsider perspective" to the office. But he also credited the leadership of former Democratic Clerks Jane Starosciak, Dave Swarts and Ka…

WASHINGTON – Like the lost “armada” led by the aircraft carrier USS Vinson, President Trump’s grand economic plan is almost all sizzle and no beef. Trump’s firebrand pledges to, in effect, make China eat dirt for “stealing American jobs,” a vow that wowed 2016 rallies in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, are now ashes in his mouth. There are two reasons …