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   Congressional hopeful Jack Davis may be throwing a roadblock in plans by WGRZ-TV to host a candidates' debate on Thursday.    Davis said Thursday he wants all candidates officially appearing on the May 24 special election ballot to be able to participate -- including Green Party candidate Ian Murphy, who Davis said has not been included in …

   Endorsements occur day in and day out in the course of a political campaign, but while most go unnoticed, backing from police organizations always seem to capture voter interest.    The Amherst Police Club, the union representing 154 Amherst police officers, has offered its endorsement to Republican Jane L. Corwin in the May 24 special elec…

ALBANY -- If Democrat Kathy Hochul was hoping for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's endorsement, it wasn't to be on Monday. The Democratic governor was asked Monday during a press conference if he was planning to endorse Hochul in her campaign for the 26th Congressional District seat against Republican Assemblywoman Jane Corwin and Jack Davis, a former Democrat running on t…

   While most of Western New York focuses on the May 24 special election for the 26th Congressional District, Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz is close to reminding Erie County voters that there will also be a contest for county executive this year.    The county comptroller said this week he will announce his intentions on May 7, and nobody in the local…

In Sunday's print editions of The Buffalo News, Phil Fairbanks and Jerry Zremski profile the three main contenders in the race for the 26th congressional district: Jane Corwin, Kathy Hochul and Jack Davis. In this video report, Fairbanks and Zremski are joined by News Political Reporter Robert J. McCarthy to discuss the candidates and the latest developments…

Though two high-profile women are competing in the special election for the the 26th Congressional District, there is now no question about support from one of the nation's premier female-oriented poltical organizations -- EMILY"s list. The Washington-based organization that supports women candidates is backing Democrat Kathy Hochul over Republican Jane Corwin an…

Democrat Kathy Hochul, the only candidate in the 26th Congressional District not largely self-financing the campaign, is taking her fundraising effort to Manhattan's Upper East Side on Tuesday. According to the New York Observer's PolitickerNY Web site, the event has a decidedly pro-choice flavor with hosts like NARAL pro-choice New York board member Sarah K…

Join The News' Washington columnist, Doug Turner, in a discussion leading up to President Obama's speech this afternoon on debt reduction. Turner will continue with analysis during the speech and more discussion afterward. Live chat with Doug Turner during Obama debt reduction speech

ALBANY –- In a town well known for its history of all-powerful legislative staffers, the Assembly finds itself losing one of its most influential staff members. Dean Fuleihan, who has worked his way up to the top Assembly staff post after 33 years on the job, announced today he is leaving at the end of the month. Besides being Speaker Sheldon Silver’s most trusted adviser …

   Congressional hopefuls Kathleen C. Hochul and Jane L. Corwin marked Tuesday with their sharpest exchanges to date in a pair of dueling press releases centered around -- of all things -- equal pay for women.    It began early Tuesday when Hochul (joined in a separate release by Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand), noted  the 15th anniversay of …

ALBANY –- The State Senate’s top Democrat suggested today there may be some wiggle room in efforts to cap the annual growth of local property taxes. Senate Minority Leader John Sampson, a Brooklyn Democrat, said there needs to be “a conversation’’ with stakeholders to determine if there is “a middle ground’’ on efforts to cap the taxes and start to control some state-impos…

   State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos was in Buffalo Thursday, tending to some Western New York affairs and a little politics too.    The Long Island Republican was slated to hold an afternoon press conference on budget items, along with meeting with officials on the UB 2020 plan, and conducting a business roundtable. Later he was schedule…

   In the midst of the major budget battle in Washington that threatens to shut down the federal government, Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen C. Hochul has offered her own plan while challenging her competitors to do the same.   "I support a compromise that reduces spending by $30 billion to $40 billion," Hochul said.  "Th…

ALBANY -- Apparently, no one wants to offend onions or sweet corn. A day after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo refrained from taking sides in the new burning debate at the Capitol -- should the onion or sweet corn become the state's official vegetable -- the New York Farm Bureau is out today saying it is staying neutral in the raging controversy. "Picking an official vegeta…

ALBANY -- Government watchdog groups are gearing up to begin computer-generated calls into the districts of Senate Republicans who they say have backed off a campaign promise last year to create an independent commission to draw new legislative lines in next year’s redistricting process. Former New York Mayor Ed Koch this morning called Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos “…