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WASHINGTON – The year 2026 sounds like it's a long time away, like it's the name of some sort of science-fiction movie or something. But think back to 2010, which is just as far away as 2026. Think back to the year that Obamacare became law, the year that the Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded and filled the Gulf of Mexico with oil, the year when an earthquake devastat…

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WASHINGTON – A Canadian company with a factory in Lackawanna won't be hit as badly as it expected to be by President Trump's trade war with Canada, meaning its 100 local jobs are more likely secure than officials thought just days ago. Welded Tube, which makes pipes for the oil and gas industry, expected to get hit with three separate tariffs because its products are ma…

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ALBANY – Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro pledged Thursday to serve not more than two terms if he is elected this fall and will use the immense powers of the governor over the state budget process to push through term limits for the governor and other elected state officials. Molinaro, the Dutchess County Executive, told reporters in Albany that state la…

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WASHINGTON – A study of the damage done by phosphorous runoff in Chautauqua Lake moved a step closer to reality Thursday as the House passed a bill calling for the research to be done. Rep. Tom Reed, a Corning Republican, said the study could lead to solutions for the algal blooms that have been appearing in the lake. “I am happy to say that we are one step closer to…

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Annette Iafallo made history this week when she became the first woman appointed to the post of Lackawanna City Council president. Iafallo, 67, most recently served as a five-year city councilwoman who represented the second ward. She also sat on the Lackawanna City School Board for four two-year terms starting in 2001. She capped that with five years of service as dist…

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WASHINGTON – Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Thursday called on Congress to reconsider one of the key provisions of the aviation safety law passed by Congress after the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence, saying the law's tough pilot experience requirement is contributing to a pilot shortage. Speaking at a forum sponsored by the Washing…

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand has been telling women to get "off the sidelines" and into politics for the better part of a decade and she's doled out more than $1.5 million in recent years to help them do it. But that's just part of what some observers say could be the New York Democrat's effort to win friends and influence politicians nationwide in advance of…

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WASHINGTON – The old media and the new media collided over breakfast and over broadband here Wednesday, as White House aide Kellyanne Conway defended President Trump in front of reporters as the commander in chief unleashed a few more fake allegations about what he calls the "Fake News Media." It was surreal, really: a mash-up of one of the most orderly and enlightening…

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ALBANY – Old-fashioned bill trading ended a stalemate in the state Senate Wednesday, as Republican and Democratic lawmakers appeared to, for the second time this week, institute a peace deal that then opened the floodgates to passage of dozens of bills. The deal, worked out behind closed doors, involved a no-show by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat who could have given…

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WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Wednesday ramped up his effort to get the government to get tough on the "oil trains" that bring fuel eastward through New York State, saying that oil should be treated to make it less likely to explode in a train derailment. “Every day across Upstate New York, oil railcars laden with Bakken crude pass through backy…

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WASHINGTON – White House aide Kellyanne Conway Wednesday defended the Trump administration's tariffs against Canadian steel and aluminum, downplaying the risks of a U.S-Canadian trade war. Responding to a question from The Buffalo News about concerns that a trade war could hurt Great Lakes states where many businesses depend on Canadian trade, Conway said: "The presiden…

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WASHINGTON – No one really knows how many people died in Puerto Rico during and after Hurricane Maria, but one thing is certain: Most were American citizens who lived as second-class citizens. That reality, along with a host of others, may have something to do with the fact that the horrible suffering wrought by Maria remains a bit of a mystery in the continental United…

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ALBANY – It held for 21 hours, but a temporary peace deal between warring Senate Republicans and Democrats imploded Tuesday during bitter parliamentarian wrangling between lawmakers already testy over which party will come to control the 63-member chamber after the November elections. Coming less than a day after the Republican and Democratic Senate leaders came to an u…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump seems to have developed a penchant for pardoning conservative culture warriors like race-baiting Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and provocateur/campaign finance law violator Dinesh D'Souza. And now Trump seems ready and willing to pardon himself, even, if the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 elec…

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ALBANY – Something unremarkable happened at 3:44 p.m. Monday: a bill passed the state Senate. And then another. And another. A legislative agenda that would otherwise get little attention at the Capitol did more than get noticed in the hallways here, as a collective sigh went out by lawmakers and lobbyists as the Senate, for the first time since May 16, began passing…