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NEW YORK – A lawyer who grew up on Buffalo’s East Side was selected by Republican Party delegates Thursday to be their candidate for state Attorney General, an office GOP insiders believe could be in serious play this fall in the otherwise Democratic-dominated New York. Only two days after announcing his campaign, Keith Wofford, a corporate lawyer in Manhattan, beat bac…

Health and Fitness

Concern over the growing threat of tick-borne illnesses has prompted state leaders to announce a new, aggressive tick control plan and hold a Lyme disease summit this summer. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced plans  to raise awareness about the dangers of these diseases, particularly among hunters and hikers – two groups most likely to encounter ticks – and reduce tick n…

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NEW YORK – Marcus Molinaro, selected Wednesday as the Republican gubernatorial candidate at the party’s convention, called for “a revolution in New York” and sought to portray himself as an “ordinary New Yorker” trying to take on a member of a Democratic political dynasty. In the most important speech thus far in his fledgling gubernatorial campaign, Molinaro, called hi…

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HEMPSTEAD – Cynthia Nixon acknowledged this morning she will not receive enough support to qualify for the Democratic primary ballot today at a Democratic State Convention she said is "well-choreographed" by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. But the actress-activist challenging the governor slammed him for ignoring the party's progressive roots as she arrived in this convention tow…

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The State Assembly passed a bill Tuesday to ban golden parachutes as lavish as one the Erie County Water Authority wrote into a contract this year. But the bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate, which wants to place its own limits on the severance that can go to managers leaving New York's public authorities. Unless the competing measures are reconciled into identic…

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NEW YORK – A Buffalo native on Tuesday announced his campaign for the Republican Party bid for state attorney general while another Buffalonian was scrambling to push her own Democratic candidacy, just as both parties were gathering for their state conventions at two downstate locations. Keith H. Wofford, the co-managing partner at the Manhattan office of an internation…

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New York’s Democrats and Republicans will descend upon two downstate venues Wednesday and Thursday, and thanks to former state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s sudden departure from the scene, these party conventions will prove anything but staid. Also credit Cynthia Nixon, who is giving Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo fits in her intraparty challenge to the Democratic incu…

Erie County

Undocumented immigrants would not be allowed to get driver's licenses if Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns has his way. Kearns, who is running for reelection, made his preemptive declaration at a press conference Thursday. He cited a bill in the State Legislature that would allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses. The bill's prospects, however, are uncer…

Politics

Eric T. Schneiderman’s resignation last week as state attorney general may have unleashed powerful new forces in New York politics. An array of statewide hopefuls and resulting alliances appear to be forming just before Democrats and Republicans stage their conventions next week. All take shape in a new dynamic guiding state politics since the two-term attorney general …

Columns

When 17-year-old Bailey Begovich puts on the stiff canvas jacket and pants that help stabilize muscles and minimize movement, she knows that such physical control is only part of the challenge when she aims her air rifle. "It’s a lot more mental than other sports," said the Kenmore East High School senior. "You really have to be in the right mind state to perform well." …

Buffalo

A federal investigator who applied for a search warrant days ago alleged that two of Robert C. Morgan's relatives – son Todd and nephew Kevin – may have committed bank and wire fraud as the Morgan real estate empire expanded across 14 states. The accusation, contained in an affidavit by a special agent for the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Office of the Inspector Gen…

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Don't keep this news in a vault: Geraldo Rivera is coming to Western New York – by boat. The mustachioed Fox News contributor is riding along the full length of the Erie Canal, Rivera said in a tweet Monday. Instead of a mule named Sal, he's bringing his brother, Craig. The Albany Times-Union spotted Rivera at Lock 2 in Waterford earlier Tuesday, waiting for the cana…

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Leecia R. Eve, the Buffalo native mentioned as a candidate for state attorney general, said Tuesday she will not seek an interim appointment to the post. A former counsel to U.S. Sens. Joseph R. Biden and Hillary Clinton, Eve said she hopes acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood will remain in the office through the end of the year. “Under acting Attorney General …

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The U.S. Supreme Court has done its part. Now it's up to New York State to decide whether to allow wagering on sports in the state. The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that all but banned sports gambling across the country. The decision paves the way for states to give the OK to betting on the NFL, March Madness and the World Series within their border…