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Roger Goodell asked Robert Mueller to conduct an independent investigation of the NFL 32 months before the Justice Department appointed Mueller to conduct an independent investigation of President Trump's connections to Russia. The NFL often borrows devices implemented by our political institutions. Its outgoing executive vice president of communications and public affa…

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State Sen. Patrick Gallivan, an Elma Republican, has endorsed John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse-area GOP state senator, for governor. "I have enjoyed a close working relationship with Sen. DeFrancisco for nearly eight years. In the Senate, I have witnessed his strong work ethic, professionalism and dedication and I am confident that he will make an outstanding governor," Gal…

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NEW YORK – It's still an open question yet whether Joe Percoco engaged in a bribery scheme to steer money his way from executives who he helped with business pending before the Cuomo administration. But as his corruption trial continues in a Manhattan courtroom, what has come into focus via emails, photographs and other evidence submitted by prosecutors, along with test…

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Gordon G. Stewart III, chairman of the City of Niagara Falls Democratic Committee for the past three years, announced his resignation late Thursday in an email to reporters. Stewart, 31, a city firefighter, said he just doesn't have the time for politics anymore. When he took the position, "I had one son under one year of age. I now have three sons with a fourth due …

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NEW YORK – In another state, it might have been a surreal moment. But New York has grown so accustomed to allegations of wrongdoing by officials that seeing two of the most high-profile public corruption defendants nearly collide with each other in the same Manhattan courthouse was, perhaps, almost routine. Joseph Percoco, the former senior aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuo…

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WASHINGTON — Republican leaders Thursday landed the candidate they wanted to challenge Democratic Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand this fall: a New York investment banker and GOP fundraiser, Chele Chiavacci Farley. "Too many politicians are more concerned with headlines and hashtags than with making a difference for the families they're supposed to represent," Farley, 51, sai…

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Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray was among the good Samaritans who pulled a badly injured man from a burning SUV following a three-vehicle crash with a Metro Bus bus on Grand Island Blvd. Wednesday morning, McMurray acknowledged on his Facebook page. Grand Island fire officials said an unnamed "alert passer-by" pulled the man out of the vehicle. WIVB reported We…

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NEW YORK — A key witness in the corruption trial of a longtime aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is on the list of witnesses ready to be called to testify Thursday in a Manhattan federal courtroom. Todd Howe, a former lobbyist with his own ties to Cuomo, was named with two other new witnesses who prosecutors said they could call Thursday against Joseph Percoco, one of four d…

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WASHINGTON – A year after floods caused more than $50 million in property damage along Lake Ontario, lawmakers from both sides of Capitol Hill and both parties launched a push Wednesday for a new federal study aimed at finding ways to prevent such devastation from ever happening again along the Great Lakes. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gill…

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WASHINGTON – Like children in mid-December, members of Congress have wish lists around this time of the year. They wish that the presidential shopping list called the State of the Union address will include something for them. And this year, eventually, it might. President Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night outlined the basics of a $1.5 trillion infrastr…

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ALBANY – Sen. John DeFrancisco started his campaign for governor Tuesday trailing far behind the incumbent, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in the fundraising race and facing statewide voter registration that shows two Democrats for every Republican. The Republican from the Syracuse area says numbers don't tell the whole story. “I’m not the type of person that says, ‘Look, he …

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Mohamed Albanna, who was barred from taking the Lackawanna City Council seat he won in the November election because of his prior felony conviction, told lawmakers Monday night he could be taking his case to the state's highest court. "I have not exhausted my appeal," Albanna said to the City Council. "We are looking into it." The Council met Monday night with the Fi…

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ALBANY — New York collects personal financial information from more than 200 people who recommend which economic development projects should receive state aid, but officials say the public should not be allowed to review that information. “These folks don’t have any statutory responsibility. They can’t actually enact anything based on their decision-making,’’ Howard Zem…

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WASHINGTON – For "Dreamers," President Trump's immigration proposal looks at first glance like a dream come true. Upward of 1.8 million of them would be able to stay in America, and maybe even become citizens, even though their parents brought them to the United States illegally. But to hear immigration experts tell it, Trump's proposal is otherwise a nightmare – for ci…

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WASHINGTON — If a true friend picks you up when you're down, then President Trump can claim two very good friends in Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed. Time and again in the first year of the tumultuous Trump presidency, he has said or done something that previous presidents have not said or done — like using a vulgarity to refer to some countries in Africa, or boasting …