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WASHINGTON — President Trump Monday proposed a radical overhaul in how America build roads, bridges and other public works projects, but it left New York lawmakers thinking it would do little if any good for their home state. Touted as a 10-year, $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal, the plan aims to spur that sort of investment nationwide with just $200 billion in fed…

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The Democratic chairmen in the City of Lockport and Pendleton said Saturday they want the state Attorney's General's Office to investigate the use of Republican politicians' names in advertising for waste drop-off days in Niagara County. Their complaint specifies a Sept. 23 drop-off day at Lockport Town Hall. State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, was listed …

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Republican John A. DeFrancisco won support Monday from top Niagara County GOP leaders in his race for governor. County GOP Chairman Adam VanDeMark and State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, endorsed the Syracuse senator. "He’s a brilliant public servant with the utmost integrity," Ortt said. "John knows that cutting taxes, spending and burdensome regulation…

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WASHINGTON – For 12 minutes and 51 seconds Sunday night, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand was the most-watched politician in America. "60 Minutes," the venerable CBS News Sunday magazine, profiled the New York Democrat, calling her "The #MeToo Senator." The segment's focus on Gillibrand's fight against sexual assault largely covered the same ground as this Buffalo News pro…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s favorability and job performance ratings have fallen in a new poll, taken after Cuomo last month proposed a state budget plan with big tax hikes and the start of a high-profile corruption trial involving one of the governor’s most trusted former advisers. Like his favorability and job rating numbers, Cuomo’s re-election rating also droppe…

The Erie County Democratic Committee on Monday will nominate a candidate for the 142nd Assembly District in anticipation of April's special election. April 24 has been designated as the date to fill legislative vacancies across New York State, including the 142nd seat vacated by newly elected Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns. Most observers see a potential faceoff…

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ALBANY – Prosecutors may have locked up their own star witness in the Joseph Percoco corruption trial, but they still want him to look good when he resumes his testimony in a Manhattan courtroom on Monday morning. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman on Saturday wrote to a judge presiding over the trial asking that she tell jurors that Todd Howe, a former lobbyist, has been in…

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Four lecterns festooned with official campaign placards were supposed to greet the faithful at Daemen College Saturday for a debate among Republican hopefuls aiming to challenge Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in November. But Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb of Canandaigua suddenly and mysteriously dropped out late Friday, creating a whole new dynamic for the three men left…

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Marine Corps platoon commander Dennis T. Gorski directed convoys during the Vietnam War. County Legislator Gorski campaigned door-to-door in 1974, visiting 15,000 homes to win a seat in the State Assembly. Town Justice Gorski today takes each case to heart as he sits on the bench in Cheektowaga Town Court. At age 73, the former three-term county executive, county …

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ALBANY – In an explosive development in the Joseph Percoco corruption trial, the prosecution’s star witness has been arrested for violating a cooperation agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office. Todd Howe, a former lobbyist and longtime associate of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was remanded for violating his bail condition, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manha…

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WASHINGTON – Wall Street's Trump rally, if that's what it was, is over. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted again Thursday, this time by more than 1,000 points, adding to losses that make for a market downturn of more than 10 percent. This is what's called a market correction. And it's all President Trump's fault, right? After all, he claimed credit for the ma…

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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan budget deal that dodged a key immigration issue Thursday revealed a rift that could haunt Democrats for years: one between moderates such as Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and potential presidential candidates — including Schumer's New York colleague, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand — who may want to appeal to the party's increasingly libera…

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ALBANY – It’s semi-official: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul want to stay together. A few weeks after Hochul, a Democrat from Buffalo, said she fully intends to run again this November with Cuomo at the top of the ticket, Cuomo on Thursday said he hopes that happens again. “I would very much like her to be on the ticket … She is my choice for lieutenant g…

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ALBANY – In an election year, a number of state legislators already are not happy with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to raise taxes on New Yorkers by at least $1 billion. On Thursday, they expressed no shortage of concerns over another plan the governor is eyeing: lowering the salaries of hundreds of thousands of residents, or more, in order to help employers fund a shift…

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced her opposition to the bipartisan budget deal that aims to stave off a government shutdown, saying she cannot support any such legislation that doesn't protect the "Dreamers," young undocumented immigrants brought to America by their parents. “I have made it clear that I won’t vote for any long-term spending deal th…