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Democratic leaders from the eight counties of the 27th Congressional District officially endorsed Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray late Thursday as their candidate to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Chris Collins in November. Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner said the conference call of party chiefs unanimously settled on McMurray, an attorney…

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WASHINGTON — They came to Congress Thursday once again clad in red, some of the faces older now, but some of the faces new. Many of them are a little poorer after dozens of trips like this one, yet richer in the thought that they're lifesavers. After all, not one life has been lost in a crash of a U.S. commercial airplane since the Families of Continental Flight 3407…

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WASHINGTON – The Families of Continental Flight 3407 returned to the capital on Thursday, and they came away from a series of meetings feeling good about their efforts to beat back the airline industry's attempt to weaken the aviation safety law they got passed in 2010. Several of the family members met in the morning with Ali Bahrami, the associate administrator for av…

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WASHINGTON – Pothole season is upon us again, corresponding this year with just the latest of several Trump administration "infrastructure weeks." Yes, these infrastructure weeks seem to come and go like the seasons, just like every other proposal to increase spending on highways, bridges, water systems, airports and the like. Meanwhile the potholes seem to get deepe…

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ALBANY – There have been a lot of odd moments in the corruption trial of Joseph Percoco and three others over the past four weeks. The best entry from Wednesday, arguably, was the “Herb” moment. But, some backdrop. There have been no more weird moments in the trial than the arrest last week of Todd Howe, the prosecution’s chief witness who has been locked up in a …

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ALBANY – On the eve of the Presidents Day holiday, Barack Obama ranks highest among New Yorkers when asked to name their favorite living current or former president, a new poll out today shows. In blue state New York, it’s perhaps not quite a surprise that Obama has a 67 percent favorability rating. But he’s trailed in second place by Republican George H.W. Bush, who…

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WASHINGTON – Michael R. Caputo's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee ought to be released publicly, as should the testimony of all the other witnesses who have spoken to the panel in its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the committee's top Democrat said Wednesday. Asked about the East Aurora political consultant's testim…

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WASHINGTON – If you bought an AMC Pacer in 1975, and if it broke down 20 times over 43 years, you might think about getting a new car – one that worked, and that didn't look like a bubble about to burst. Congress apparently doesn't think that way. Despite 42 years of government shutdowns and a growing gap between the money government collects and what it spends, it's st…

Republicans are again turning to a Democrat – Erik T. Bohen – as their candidate in a special election for the 142nd Assembly District. Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy said party leaders settled on Bohen, a teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools, as their choice for an April 24 contest to fill the vacancy created by the election of former Assemblym…

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ALBANY – State Senate Republicans want to sharply amend Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget plans by cutting taxes instead of raising them, and on Tuesday proposed eliminating a key economic development program touted by the governor. “We are the only people in Albany talking about reducing taxes,’’ Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said at an event surrounded by some of his …

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WASHINGTON – President Trump's budget proposal may be dead on arrival on Capitol Hill, but the document shows that he still harbors dreams of gutting a host of social programs that serve tens of thousands of people in metro areas such as Buffalo. Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Great Lakes Restoration Initiati…

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WASHINGTON – Members of Congress call each other "my good friend" as a matter of routine, even if deep down they're really thinking: "I detest every drop of that dope's DNA." Of course, in the transactional world of politics, "my good friend" quite often means "I can work with that guy." And that seems to be the state of the relationship between Senate Majority Leade…

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In the murky world of Niagara County Republican politics, Glenn S. Aronow never seems to go away. The Lockport public relations executive has assumed a host of party-sponsored roles over the years – Niagara County legislator, staffer for the State Senate majority in Buffalo and aide to former Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane. At one point in 2009, the state paid $90…

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Erie County Legislator Patrick B. Burke Monday received the Erie County Democratic Committee's endorsement in his bid for the 142nd District New York State Assembly seat. Burke, who represents the County Legislature's 7th District, including South Buffalo and Cheektowaga, is seeking election to the Assembly seat vacated by Michael P. Kearns, after Kearns won an election…

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ALBANY – The Cuomo administration is proposing several major changes in the state’s decades-old tax code as a way to lessen the impact for some New Yorkers who face financial hits under the federal government’s new tax law. “We’re going to do whatever is necessary to protect New Yorkers,’’ Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's budget director Robert Mujica said during a briefing Monda…