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Scott P. Kiedrowski is stepping down as chairman of the Niagara County Republican Committee so that he can time to his jtake on an expanded role for his job at with Batavia Downs an& Gaming. He had served two terms serving as a volunteer chairman of the GOP committee and cited these accomplishments: The party is in excellent shape; GOP maintained control of the coun…

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The trial of Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has been delayed by two weeks. The New York City trial for Percoco and three others was to begin  Jan. 8, but has been moved to January 22, the Albany Times Union reported. Defense lawyers requested the delay after an error in processing evidence. Prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office agreed t…

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I can’t wait for Monday to get here. That’s how much I’m looking forward to 2018. As President Trump says about almost everything, it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. Just for starters, this will be the year that: • The hysterical liberal fear that Republicans want to dismantle the federal government will be laid to rest once and for all, thanks in no small pa…

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Lackawanna lawmakers have yet to decide who will fill the First Ward City Council seat vacated by Abdulsalam Noman. Mohamed Albanna won the seat in the general election in November, but was barred from taking it by a  State Supreme Court Justice Tracey Bannister. Her ruling was handed down just 10 days before he was scheduled to be sworn Saturday  in the Lackawanna Seni…

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Betty Jean Grant attended her last Erie County Legislature meeting last week, marking an end to her 18 years of public service as an elected official. Her Republican and fellow Democratic colleagues gave the retiring lawmaker two standing ovations. And Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, a Conservative from West Seneca, handed the Buffalo Democrat a bouquet of flowers. "Y…

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WASHINGTON – The prosperous Republicans who in past years flocked to fundraisers on Buffalo’s Middlesex Road and Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Lancaster are looking at a drastically changed Republican Party today. President Trump has totally flipped it in the last 11 months. The GOP’s traditional concern for a balanced budget and keeping the national debt under control…

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New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul had the perfect icebreaker to grab her audience's attention at the grand debut of the downtown University at Buffalo medical school. When Hochul stepped to the podium at the building's opening earlier this month, the first thing she did was to hold up her right arm in a brace. "I'm here as your first subject," Hochul told the crowd of 1…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn't a defendant and he doesn't expect to be a witness when the first public corruption trial involving a former member of his administration and some of his biggest contributors begins next month. But from the opening moments, potential jurors are likely to hear Cuomo's name in a trial that could have political implications for the governor …

The Erie County Legislature said farewell to veteran Democratic Legislator Betty Jean Grant at the last Erie County Legislature session of the year. Democrats will assume control of the Republican-controlled Legislature in in January. The Legislature thanked Grant, D-Buffalo, for her 18 years of public service, including 10 years of service as a county legislator and pr…

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Joel A. Giambra began traveling around New York last week in hopes of persuading wary Republican leaders to support his bid for the party’s gubernatorial nomination next year. But it was a tough sell. The former Erie County executive had to explain his financial contributions to Democrats like Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the Buffal…

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Mohamed Albanna is legally barred from assuming a seat on the Lackawanna City Council, according to a ruling issued Wednesday by Supreme Court Judge Tracey A. Bannister. The ruling capped a court battle between Albanna — who won a general election race in the First Ward against John Ingram — and Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski. The City Council must now appoint a council me…

The chairman of the Amherst Republican Committee is resigning Dec. 31 after five years in the role, the party announced Wednesday. Carl Balmas on Jan. 1 will assume a new role with the Erie County Republican Committee as vice chairman for towns, according to a news release. Balmas, an Army veteran, was first elected chairman of the town committee in 2012. Joe Heins, …

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After what he called "a humbling experience," Niagara Falls City Councilman Ezra P. Scott Jr.,  received a conditional discharge Wednesday. He had been on interim probation for six months after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated. In line with the June 19 plea agreement, Lockport City Judge William J. Watson reduced the charge to a violation-level count of …

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is proposing that the massive state Common Retirement Fund stop new investments of pension assets in companies connected to fossil fuels. “Moving the Common (Retirement) Fund away from fossil fuel investments will protect the retirement savings of New Yorkers,’’ Cuomo said in announcing his proposal Tuesday. The plan has its limitations:…

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Karin Housley for some time has been mulling the idea of running for governor of her home state, Minnesota. But when her husband, Phil Housley, was hired last June to become coach of the Buffalo Sabres, she tabled the idea – at least temporarily. But now, as a new political opportunity has arisen from the impending resignation of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, Housley has d…