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PERRY – The crowd at a monthly food pantry in this Wyoming County town of about 4,500 turned out to be a perfect microcosm of the most pro-Trump county in New York, where 72 percent of voters pulled the lever for the rebellious Republican candidate for president. Waiting to gather their food from a nonprofit that might have to shut down if President Trump's budget bec…

After learning the state Comptroller's Office had unclaimed funds in her deceased aunt's name, Lois J. Reid set out to collect. But it took Reid 10 months and two court orders before the Amherst town clerk would give Reid a copy of her aunt's 30-year-old death certificate, a document she needs to obtain a payout from her aunt's life insurance policy. "It's like Da…

WASHINGTON – That religious bigotry is again on the march is no surprise. Actually, it’s hatred of the other person’s creed, or spleen against any creed. The malady can take any form, even bigotry in the name of tolerance. At the University of Notre Dame, for example. Notre Dame is a Catholic university, one of a handful of large, traditional schools remaining. …

If President Trump gets his way, funding for Amtrak’s long-distance trains, like the Lake Shore Limited that serves Buffalo, will end this fiscal year. So might the debate over where to build the city’s new rail station. [RELATED: Central Terminal vs. Canalside: Where to put a new Buffalo train station?] It all revolves around the Trump administration’s new …

News, notes and observations about politics around here: • Even Erie County’s crustiest political observers can’t recall the last time voters got fired up over a county clerk contest. Hey, if your driver’s license gets renewed without problems, then life is good. But big league politics unfolded last week when GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy endorsed Democrat…

ALBION -- David B. Callard, the Republican chairman of the Orleans County Legislature, announced Wednesday he plans to retire at the end of December, ending 28 years of public service. Callard was Ridgeway councilor and town supervisor for four years before serving as the at-large member of the Legislature for western Orleans County for 20 years. He was elected chairman…

The move of the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center from West Seneca to the grounds of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center is proceeding, but that hasn’t prevented two legislators from trying to stop it. Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns Tuesday asked for a federal investigation into deaths at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Documents obtained under the Freedom…

You might say that when it comes to politics, voters in Chautauqua County just can’t make up their minds. Or you can certainly surmise that Republicans and Democrats now consider Chautauqua a toss-up. And how about those rumors that the county’s new official color is purple? It all makes sense after the Chautauqua County Board of Elections issued its official …

NIAGARA FALLS – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer traveled to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Monday to try to jump-start the push to get the military to put a flight simulator into the building it built for one here. Eight months after officials cut the ribbon on a new $5.2 million simulator building, Schumer came to the base to say that the push for…

Niagara County Legislator Michael A. Hill, R-Hartland, has announced he will run this fall for his seventh two-year term. Hill, whose 15th District covers the towns of Royalton and Hartland, said he co-sponsored ethical changes for county legislators, including a ban on former legislators lobbying the county government. “While we cannot control what transpires …

One County Legislature leader is calling on the Erie County Water Authority to eliminate language that makes it possible for politically connected people with no public utility management credentials to serve as the agency's executive director. A proposal to change the job description for the Water Authority's top administrator comes after authority Board Chairman Earl…

Possibly as soon as July 4, ride-hailing services including Uber and  Lyft are expected to be available in Buffalo and other upstate communities. And, for its many supporters, ride-hailing is long overdue. “We’re very excited we’ll be coming to Buffalo,” said Adrian Durbin, Lyft’s director of communications. Added Josh Gold, policy director from Uber:…

Several prominent Buffalo architects strongly resist the notion of returning train service to Central Terminal, despite the fact that Rep. Brian Higgins touted a letter from 25 local architects who support the idea. The Buffalo News obtained the same email list of more that 250 design professionals that was used to collect signatures for a letter supporting returning t…