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Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is billing himself as "Plan B" for New Yorkers who didn't vote for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in last month's Democratic primary. Hawkins, who garnered about 5 percent of the vote in finishing third in the 2014 gubernatorial election won by Cuomo, made that his overriding message Thursday as he kicked off his general election …

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins this week took his opposition to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to a new level, signing onto an effort to change party rules in a way that could hamper her efforts to win back the speakership if Democrats take control of the House in the November election. Higgins and 10 other House Democrats signed a letter to the Democratic caucus…

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Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt said Wednesday that even though a motion to eliminate the county public information officer post was defeated, 10-4, at Tuesday's meeting, there's no assurance the vacant job will be included in the 2019 budget. "We're going to take a long, hard look at it – the duties of the position, the pay," said Bradt, R-Nor…

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WASHINGTON — Congress passed a military construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill for the coming fiscal year that includes $14 million to build a new fitness center at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, both New York Democrats, said Wednesday the money was included in legislation ready fo…

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A day after refusing to address his future plans, Rep. Chris Collins said Wednesday he will “actively campaign” for his 27th Congressional District seat and serve if re-elected, despite facing charges of insider trading. “The stakes are too high to allow the radical left to take control of this seat in Congress,” Collins, a Clarence Republican, said in a statement. “The…

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Former New York State Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco came under social media scrutiny Tuesday for a Twitter post he made, and later deleted, regarding Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual harassment. Vacco's tweet read: "Can you say fraud. Either it happened or it didn't. Why does the alleged 'victim' need an …

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Lockport Mayor David R. Wohleben will return to his former post as 4th Ward alderman on Jan. 1. He is not on the ballot for mayor in November. Wohleben was Common Council president when he became mayor Aug. 8 after Anne E. McCaffrey resigned. The Niagara County Republican Party nominated County Legislature Chairman W. Keith McNall instead of Wohleben to run for the …

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WASHINGTON – Indicted Rep. Chris Collins' decision to remain on the ballot in the November election will boost the chances of Democrat Nathan McMurray winning the race in New York's deeply Republican 27th Congressional District. That's the conclusion the Cook Political Report, one of Washington's leading political prognosticators, reached earlier this week as it changed…

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Former Niagara County manager Jeffrey M. Glatz was appointed director of the county Veterans Service Agency Tuesday. The county Legislature confirmed the nomination of Glatz by his successor as manager, Richard E. Updegrove. The veterans post pays $47,039 a year, which will rise to $49,982 on Jan. 1. Glatz served as county manager from September 2010 to March 201…

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County Legislator Jason A. Zona of Niagara Falls was elected chairman of the Niagara County Democratic Committee at its meeting Monday. Zona, who succeeds Nicholas J. Forster as chairman, said his vice chairs will be former Lockport Alderwoman Anita Mullane and former Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte. "I was looking for a mix of longer-tenured Democrats to mix with th…

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The site famous for forecasting political races has updated its model for New York's 27th congressional district following Monday's news that Rep. Chris Collins will stay on the ballot. And not much changed. FiveThirtyEight.com now has Collins on the ballot in its forecast, but it still sees a more than 80 percent chance that the seat will stay Republican. Collins…

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Democrats and Republicans have settled on their candidates for the special election to replace Marjory Jaeger as Amherst town clerk. Town Republicans on Monday endorsed Jeff Zeplowitz for the race, said Amherst GOP Chair Joe Heins. Zeplowitz, 49, is a longtime state Assembly aide and executive with firms that do consulting and polling for political and business clients.…

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Niagara County Legislature Chairman W. Keith McNall is the Republican nominee for Lockport mayor, county GOP Chairman Richard L. Andres Jr. announced Monday night. Andres said McNall was chosen at a Saturday meeting of the county GOP executive committee, which also elected Andres to a full term as chairman. The committee rejected Mayor David R. Wohleben, who took…

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State Supreme Court Justice Mark Montour reserved decision Tuesday morning in the proceeding that will determine whether Cheektowaga Councilman James P. Rogowski will be removed from his seat. The 50-minute proceeding was peppered with questions from Montour, who appeared determined to render a timely decision. At issue is whether Rogowski vacated his council seat by…