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When police officers approach a car they've just pulled over, the smell can be instantly recognizable – marijuana. It’s that particular odor that law enforcement here and across the country often cite as a reason to search the vehicle. Sometimes officers just find a small amount – a joint or a baggie – and sometimes they find other drugs and even guns that help them …

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As Chris Collins continues emphasizing his ability to represent the 27th District even while under federal indictment, a fellow Republican now says the congressman’s days in Washington should end. State Sen. Christopher L. Jacobs of Buffalo said Thursday he will challenge Collins – if necessary – in a 2020 GOP primary, as well as any other Republican expressing interest…

Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz’s forthcoming book detailing his efforts to keep the Buffalo Bills in Western New York may not qualify as a political “tell-all.” But a Freedom of Information Law request filed with its publisher by Republican Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. provides enough “inside dirt” to fuel the county comptroller’s continued criticism of the Poloncar…

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Thursday unanimously confirmed former Assemblywoman Jane L. Corwin as the U.S. section chair of the International Joint Commission, making a Western New Yorker the most powerful American voice on the agency that regulates water levels on the Great Lakes. President Trump nominated Corwin to the slot last August on the recommendation of Rep. C…

Buffalo

Another person from the old guard is exiting the Buffalo Comptroller's Office. Patrick J. Curry, a longtime executive assistant to the comptroller, resigned Tuesday – his last day on the job after almost seven and a half years – to pursue other job opportunities. Curry, 38, served as spokesman for former Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder until January, when Schroeder r…

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ALBANY – After two decades of widely expanded state-sanctioned gambling opportunities in New York, officials with the Cuomo administration now want to find out what kind of societal problems have been created by the gambling explosion. The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, known as OASAS, recently issued a request for bids for a statewide gambling…

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ALBANY – Owners of motorized boats – from row boats with small outboards to large cabin cruisers – will be required under a new deal at the state Capitol to take a boating safety course no matter how many years they’ve been on the water. The measure seeks to push boaters in their mid-20s and older to take a certified safety class – which can be done online in a couple h…

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WASHINGTON – Led by Rep. Brian Higgins, two dozen House members Wednesday pressed the transportation secretary and Federal Aviation Administration to complete the last piece of the flight safety law passed nearly nine years ago after a plane crash in Clarence: a pilot records database aimed at preventing airlines from hiring bad pilots. "We urge the FAA to make full imp…

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From the factories to the farms of Western New York, America's trade war with China is already starting to pile up damage. Tariffs are leaving some local businesses wounded, and those wounds will soon be multiplied along with the increased tariffs on imported Chinese goods and the retaliatory levies that China will charge in response. But, as in all wars, the mercena…

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ALBANY – The Cuomo administration is not officially declaring dead – not yet anyway – a new legislative effort at the Capitol to legalize mobile sports betting in New York. Robert Williams, the head of the administration’s New York State Gaming Commission, told a Senate racing and wagering committee Monday that officials are still examining new amendments to a sports be…

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The push to legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana seems to have gone up in smoke. Gov. Andrew Cuomo doused hopes Friday as he said in a radio interview that it didn't have the legislative support to pass. But what about the state's existing medical marijuana program? It may get bigger and more flexible. Last week, State Sen. Diane Savino and Assembly…

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ALBANY – In the 6,200 words it took to compose Senate bill 5072A and an accompanying memo explaining its need, the words “Donald Trump” do not appear. Nor do the words “President of the United States.” The bill, being called the Trust Act, is intentionally broad, but it has a single target: Trump. It seeks to provide a means – via the New York State tax commissioner …

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WASHINGTON – A senator from upstate New York is running for president, but it's almost as if the Democratic leaders and donors of the Buffalo area haven't noticed. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, who hails from the Albany suburbs, has not yet won one prominent endorsement from politicians from metro Buffalo or the surrounding counties. And in the first three months of he…

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WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Saturday added his voice to the chorus of northern border lawmakers objecting to U.S. Customs and Border Protection's transfer of customs officers to the southern border. In a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Schumer said shifting customs officers away from the U.S.-Canada border poses r…