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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo spent Tuesday traveling between San Francisco and Los Angeles, raising money for his gubernatorial campaign fund and, presumably, stirring the waters a bit more about a possible 2020 White House run. How much Cuomo raised was not revealed by his campaign. Cuomo left sometime Monday evening and was due back Tuesday night. Cuomo was expe…

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday declared New York's Lake Ontario shoreline a disaster area, opening up federal funding for recovery efforts from flooding that took place there between May 2 and Aug. 6. State, local and tribal governments, as well as some nonprofit groups, will be eligible to apply for federal money for emergency work and the repair or replacem…

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WASHINGTON — President Trump's budget director on Tuesday offered a spirited defense of a tax reform proposal that would curtail the deduction taxpayers take for state and local taxes, acknowledging that it could do most damage to high-tax states such as New York. But states such as New York should take responsibility for their own high tax rates — and stop making t…

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ALBANY – A Western New York Republican lawmaker tangled Monday with the state’s economic development czar over the level of credit taken by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s in the Buffalo area’s employment health. The exchange at a legislative hearing between Assemblyman Raymond Walter, an Amherst Republican, and Howard Zemsky, a Buffalo businessman, came weeks after the …

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WASHINGTON — It was as if the mild-mannered backbench congressman from Buffalo stripped off his boxy pinstriped suit to reveal a silver spandex shirt with a big blue "D" on it as he as he suddenly became … SuperDemocrat! Raising his voice to nearly a shout, Rep. Brian Higgins last week summed up his party's argument against the Republican tax cut plan as the House …

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On the face of things, Erie County appears as a most hospitable place for Democrats seeking office. Upstate New York’s largest metropolitan area boasts a strong Democratic tradition, unified party leadership and – most of all – 133,756 more Democrats than Republicans. But voters once again on Tuesday showed that anything can happen in Erie County. Despite the …

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Carl P. Paladino, his family and his companies contributed more than $1.3 million to favored candidates and political organizations over the past 12 years. Very little went to Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, until this year. Paladino's son and one of the Paladino development companies gave Brown a total of $4,000 during 2017. Compared to the $105,675 in total contri…

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WASHINGTON – The savage whipping the Republicans suffered on Election Day has excited Democrats’ hunger for an impeachment of President Trump. The interest comes mainly from Democratic back benchers like Reps. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Al Green of Texas and Pramila Jayapal of Washington State. Ever hear of them? Wiser heads, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelos…

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WASHINGTON – Republicans in Congress hope to make business boom by cutting the corporate tax rate 43 percent. Yet from Buffalo's suburbs to its burgeoning downtown, from the halls of its charities to those of its biggest university, people think the GOP tax plans could do grave damage to the businesses and institutions they serve. Local realtors worry that that the…

By Chris Collins Special to the News Before House Republicans introduced tax reform legislation, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo complained our bill would be nothing but a tax cut for the wealthy. Now that our comprehensive tax reform has been introduced, he is worried that multimillionaires are not getting enough relief. This is the same governor who, throughout his entire ti…

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Two days after being elected a Lockport alderwoman for 2018-19, Amanda E. Farrell was appointed Thursday to serve as alderwoman at large for the rest of 2017. She replaces Democratic Alderman at Large R. Joseph O'Shaughnessy, whose resignation reached Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey Wednesday. By law, a registered Democrat had to be appointed to the vacancy. Farrell is a Dem…

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A most interesting election: • Erie County Democrats should reward their newly elected legislator from Lancaster, John Bruso, with a nice big office in County Hall. Back in February, the UPS veteran mentioned to Congressman Brian Higgins that he would soon retire and might run for office. Higgins, according to sources, suggested the County Legislature. Bruso w…

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WASHINGTON — The House Republican tax reform proposal would slash the state and local tax deduction affecting 91,041 taxpayers in Erie County, raising their taxes by an average of $2,884 a year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday in an analysis of the proposal. Statewide, the governor said, taxpayers would pay $16 billion more under the plan. The effect would be ev…

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Supervisor Nathan McMurray, the lone Democrat on the Grand Island Town Board, said he "campaigned hard" to fill two open board seats with Democrats. But Republicans Peter J. Marston Jr., the chairman of the Planning Board and owner of Marston Power Equipment, and Jennifer Baney, a former Williamsville elementary teacher, easily took the two spots, which were left open w…

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Now that Brian J. Kulpa has been elected Amherst town supervisor, who will take over as mayor of the Village of Williamsville? Kulpa on Wednesday said he plans to submit his resignation in December, and his departure will be Dec. 31. After the New Year, the Village Board's four trustees would select a new mayor -- either from among themselves or another village resi…