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President Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to thank Buffalo area political consultant Michael R. Caputo for testifying before the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians. "Thank you to former campaign adviser Michael Caputo for saying so powerfully that t…

Michael Caputo stares out the passenger window of his friend’s silver BMW 750Li. The car provides a smooth ride, but where Caputo’s headed Friday afternoon has his thoughts roiling. Caputo, a political consultant from East Aurora, is being chauffeured to the Capitol for a closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee. He’s about three hours away f…

Many came to grill Tom Reed over the Republicans' plans for health care reform. Others came to show their support for the congressman from Corning, President Trump and their GOP allies. The give-and-take at Reed's town hall in rural Allegany County was spirited and for the most part civil. But when the two opposing sides did clash, interrupting or talking over eac…

WASHINGTON – To hear New York health care experts tell it, the Republican senators' new plan to replace Obamacare is the legislative equivalent of a grave pre-existing medical condition, made worse through a haphazard quack treatment. They say the bill is largely a status quo measure that preserves the quadruple whammy that could cost the state billion dollars more pe…

WASHINGTON – East Aurora political consultant Michael R. Caputo told the House Intelligence Committee Friday he had no contacts with the Russian government before, during or after working for President Donald Trump's campaign in 2015 and 2016. "From the day President Trump announced his candidacy until Inauguration Day, to my knowledge I never spoke about his campaign…

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in New York State. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand swept through Buffalo on Friday – not just to memorialize the noteworthy occasion, but to remind women of all the fights that remain ahead in this country. "We are literally the only industrial country in the world that doesn't have paid family leave," she said…

Six people were arrested after they disrupted a fundraiser for Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard on Thursday night in Orchard Park, police said. Police responded to the Wings Meeting Place, 3964 California Road, shortly before 7:30 p.m. after receiving a report of people being disruptive, Orchard Park police said. The fundraising event was dubbed "Sheriff Howard'…

Food truck washout Wild, wet weather on Thursday caused flash flooding, road closures and even swift water rescues by Buffalo firefighters of motorists trapped in vehicles stuck in water. Though not nearly as serious as those situations, the record-breaking deluge put a damper on Food Truck Thursdays. Only two of the six scheduled food trucks, Lloyd and Green Acres I…

ALBANY – A judge this afternoon rejected George Maziarz's bid to toss out  corruption case, leaving the onetime political powerhouse from Niagara County with an September 25 trial date in Albany on his calendar. Judge Peter Lynch in Albany County, just hours after Maziarz and his lawyer left his courtroom following oral arguments on the dismissal request, dismissed c…

Lawrence M. Eggert, whose 36 years in the Lockport Police Department included eight years as chief, is running for alderman at large on the Republican ticket in November. “My agenda is simple: Focus on providing the taxpayers with the highest level of services at the least possible cost,” Eggert said. “I have the experience on Day One to do that." He said…

The campaign for Buffalo mayor is getting into full swing. Thursday was the deadline date for all of the candidates to file their nominating petitions in person at the Erie County Board of Elections. Candidates are required to collect signatures from at least 5 percent of registered Buffalo voters from the political party line on which the candidate wants to run, acc…

ALBANY – In its precedent-setting decision in the corruption case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the U.S. Supreme Court last year called his actions “distasteful.” The high court, nonetheless, overturned his conviction. In characterizing the actions of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan federal appeals court Thursday borrowed t…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins said Wednesday that he has teamed with a colleague to introduce legislation that aims to prevent Congress from doing just what the House did when it passed a Republican health care bill in May: approving major legislation without first seeing a full analysis of its potential impact. Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal,…

The two marquee candidates for Buffalo mayor filed nominating petitions on Wednesday with the Erie County Board of Elections, one day ahead of the deadline. How many more will join them? Byron W. Brown appeared in person at the elections' office to submit his petitions with 15,000 signatures as he attempts to win a fourth term as mayor. Buffalo City Comptroller Ma…