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WASHINGTON – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul traveled to the Capitol on Wednesday to meet with New York State’s House delegation – and to warn lawmakers about the dangers she sees the state facing if the Affordable Care Act is replaced with a proposal from House Republicans. “New York State will be one of the hardest-hit states in the nation,” Hochul said after meeting …

Women's Rights are Human Rights On the steps of City Hall, the Western New York Peace Center and others ralllied Wednesday in support of women and International Women's Day, calling for, among other things,  a gender analysis to see how women are doing when it comes to pay and promotions in City Hall - where all 11 elected positions are held by men. That's the mayor…

WASHINGTON – New York State legislators would face a do-or-die moment in less than three years, under the Obamacare replacement proposed by House Republicans this week. If the GOP health care proposal becomes law – and that's a big if – state legislators would be forced to make hugely costly and politically perilous decisions about the future of health care for mi…

Joseph Kutlina never bought into one of the oldest arguments in Western New York. He was born and raised in Niagara Falls, a self-taught artist who learned his skills through sheer will and perseverance. He survived grief and bloodshed during World War II to return home to a city that he loved, and he never wavered from a fierce belief shaped in his childhood: He had no…

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration's new executive order on immigration appears to dramatically pare back its earlier call for biometric scans for all travelers crossing the U.S.-Canadian border, meaning the order may not cause massive backups at border crossings after all. Issued on Monday, the new executive order does not call for a biometric scan on "all travele…

Interesting times I don't know what I was expecting on this, the first official workday when there's a primary battle within the walls of City Hall, but when I walked into the iconic building today, nothing looked any different. But of course, something is different – now that City Comptroller Mark Schroeder officially declared on Sunday that he's running against …

The Town of Tonawanda Republican Committee has voted in new leadership and plans to use social media to counter the hold on elected town offices held by Democrats. Chuck Sankey was unanimously selected to serve as chairman of the Republican Committee. He will fill the remainder of the term of previous chairman Sean O'Neil, who stepped down last month. Sankey said…

At least 300 people figure Mayor Byron W. Brown is vulnerable. But even their candidate wants them to brace themselves. "Make no mistake, we are the underdogs," Mark J. F. Schroeder told his South Buffalo base and dozens of other well-wishers who traveled to South Buffalo's Historic Lodge to cheer the city comptroller Sunday as he kicked off his campaign for Buffalo may…

By Glenn Kessler “How low has President Obama gone to tapp (sic) my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”-President Trump, tweet, March 4, 2017 “Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling.”-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, stat…

Joanna Pasceri, the former Channel 7 anchorwoman who now serves as spokeswoman for the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, says she will not run for county clerk this year. The Town of Tonawanda resident had expressed interest in the vacant post following the election of former Republican Clerk Christopher L. Jacobs to the State Senate last November. Speculation h…

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has subpoenaed central figures in George D. Maziarz’s political orbit in a probe of the former state senator and his campaign finances, according to four sources familiar with the situation. Assemblyman Michael J. Norris, R-Lockport, confirmed Friday that he is among those directed to appear before an Albany County grand jur…

City comptroller auditing BMHA health insurance Remember back in 2010, when a city comptroller audit found Buffalo had paid health insurance premiums for over 150 dead people? That's the kind of audit the city comptroller's office is just getting started at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. A letter recently went out from from the city auditor asking the BM…