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By Chris Strohm, Billy House and Toluse Olorunnipa FBI Director James Comey confirmed the bureau is probing potential ties between President Trump’s associates and Russia during the 2016 campaign and said there’s no evidence to support the president’s allegation that his predecessor “wiretapped” Trump Tower last year. “I have no information that supports …

Yesterday and today Like thousands of others, I stopped by the St. Patrick's Day parade Sunday, amid a sea of green and young people openly drinking Guinness and Bud Light on the sidewalks, the street curbs and in the Metro Rail cars. I stopped back this morning, at one of the centers of all the fun: Delaware at Chippewa. It was all cleaned up. Labor beat …

Buffalo attorney Steven Cohen, litigation chair at the law firm of HoganWillig, announced his candidacy for State Supreme Court on Sunday. Cohen has practiced law for three decades and said in his announcement that after suffering a serious illness, he came to the realization that as a lawyer he was helping people seek justice one case at a time, but as a judge he could…

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was back at KeyBank Center Saturday for Notre Dame's second-round game against West Virginia, two days after he rooted the Irish to victory over a team from his home state. Notre Dame trailed the entire game before being eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by West Virginia, 83-71, and Christie's displeasure with the officials seemed widel…

Erie County Democrats appear to have found a candidate for comptroller this year. Vanessa Glushefski, a certified public accountant, was making the rounds as a candidate Friday at the annual St. Patrick’s Luncheon at the Buffalo Irish Center. She was accompanied by Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner. Glushefski is legislative director for Assemblywom…

WASHINGTON – President Trump has troubles with judges in Canada, too. However, former President Barack Obama did not appoint these jurists, and none are “Mexicans” or “haters.” Canada’s high court,  the Court of Appeal, has ruled in favor of two who felt willfully defrauded, cheated in their investments in the Trump organization’s 66-story Trump Tower in …

It's St. Patrick's Day. I've been seeing green in City Hall all week -- green ties, green sweaters, shamrock scarves. The city announced Thursday that snow removal and a general clean-up began last night along Delaware Avenue in preparation for Sunday's big parade. Before today is done, I anticipate we'll also be hearing -- as we do every year -- that police will be …

ALBANY – Despite the wrangling at the Capitol, in excess of 90 percent of the state’s upcoming $160 billion budget already has been decided. It wasn’t because of keen negotiating by the governor or lawmakers, but the reality that so much of the state’s spending is largely on auto pilot, whether for Medicaid or state payroll. But with two weeks to go before th…

George Maziarz is no longer sponsoring legislation since his departure from the State Senate back in 2014. But if he were running today, he could probably tout a new jobs creation bill. He might even dub it the Full Employment for Lawyers Act of 2017. A tabulation of all the noted counselors involved with the former senator, including state Attorney General Eric Schn…

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was spotted sitting behind Notre Dame's bench during its NCAA Tournament game against Princeton Thursday at KeyBank Center, rooting against the Ivy League team from his home state. Christie, an axed member of President Trump's transition team and a comrade of former Bills coach Rex Ryan, is reportedly close with Notre Dame coach Mike Brey…

Tuesday decision Two big historic landmark cases come before the Council next week. The  North Park Library building. The Crosby buildngs on William and  Pratt streets. Normally, we'd know by now how the Council would be expected to vote in each case. The Council reviews most  issues coming before it a week in advance at committee sessions, when the commi…

CAMBRIA - Jeffrey R. Abbott, a Mercy Flight employee and assistant director of emergency management for the City of North Tonawanda, announced Wednesday he's running for the 10th District seat in the Niagara County Legislature this year. Abbott, 41, a Democrat, will  challenge Republican David E. Godfrey in the district that includes the towns of Wilson, Cambria a…

WASHINGTON – President Trump looked to the Rust Belt for the votes that got him elected, but the budget proposal he released early Thursday looks as if it would result in a massive movement of federal funds away from the region and toward states with a bigger military presence. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program -- which helps heat the homes of nearly 100,0…

Former Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds is furthering his Washington career with a new lobbying firm. The Clarence Republican, who served 10 years in Congress, has joined Holland and Knight along with Sally Vastola, his chief of staff for all five terms. She also served on Reynolds’ staff in the Erie County Legislature and New York Assembly. They will work as senior policy …

The above photo was taken from the passenger window of my car this morning, during the normally 15-minute drive into work that took 45 minutes. First there was the creeping traffic on the normally slow-going Parkside Avenue, followed by the slippery drive on the Scajaquada (which is where the photo was taken) then on to the Kensington, which seemed as congested today as…