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WASHINGTON — It's now taken longer to fill the vacant federal judgeship in Buffalo than it typically takes students to get a law degree, and the wait to fill the slot of U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny now looks like it might go on a bit longer still. President Trump nominated Buffalo attorney John L. Sinatra Jr. to the post in May, but the Senate never act…

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ALBANY – Catalina Cruz was standing at the state Capitol Wednesday morning greeting people as they streamed into a conference room. “It’s going to happen today," she said smiling to one group. Several hours later, Cruz, a Democratic assemblywoman from Queens, was among the yes votes to enact the Dream Act, a long-stalled measure that will make thousands of undocument…

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The Niagara Falls Democratic Committee this week asked prospective candidates for mayor and City Council to send in resumes by Feb. 1 if they are interested in seeking the party's endorsement. Lisa A. Vitello, the city clerk and party chairwoman, said letters of intent and resumes may be mailed to the committee at 4859 Terrace Drive, Niagara Falls NY 14305 or emailed to…

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ALBANY – New York lawmakers Tuesday authorized the most sweeping set of protections to the state’s abortion laws in 49 years, raising emotions from advocates and opponents who descended on the state Capitol for most of the day. The Reproductive Health Act, blocked for years when Republicans controlled the State Senate, easily passed both Democratic-controlled houses. …

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand faces at least two big challenges in her effort to win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination: voters like Kathy Butler-Klein and voters like Lauren Johnson. Waiting for Gillibrand’s appearance Saturday at the Peace Tree Brewing Co. here, Butler-Klein chanted “Kersten! Kersten! Kersten!” when, in fact, the first syllabl…

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The crowd interested in the city comptroller job is growing, with five individuals already saying publicly they are considering applying for the interim position upon Mark J.F. Schroeder's "imminent" resignation as well as contemplating a run in this year's elections for the full, four-year term. The transition to a new comptroller also could diffuse a potential legal f…

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand started campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination Friday in the conservative northwest corner of the first state in the nomination calendar. She did it just like generations of presidential candidates have done, campaigning person to person, handshake by handshake — and the Iowans who saw her said they liked wha…

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Weekend celebrations honoring Martin Luther King Jr. kicked off Friday in Buffalo City Hall with an annual commemoration and recognition ceremony. Mayor Byron W. Brown hosted the event and presented awards to six individuals. Assembly Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, a Buffalo Democrat, received the National Impact Award. Glen Jackson, chief diversity offic…

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More than 300 abortion opponents from the Buffalo area traveled to the nation's capital this week for the annual March for Life on Friday – but many of them had their hearts and minds on what's happening in New York's state capital. At a time when Washington's partisan stalemate is likely to mean little movement on the abortion issue in Congress, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is…

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ALBANY – The first 2,700 words of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State speech last week were upbeat. The Democratic governor checked off example after example of the billions of dollars the state has spent, or will spend, on parks, bridges, drinking water systems, airports, ski mountains and on and on. Then, he gave a slight pause. “Now, on the finances for t…

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New York is ready to say yes to recreational marijuana, but Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul says she'll still just say no. The Buffalo resident, a former member of Congress and Erie County clerk, told the Daily News this week that she's never tried pot and she doesn't plan to do so if it's legalized in the state. "I don't think my personality requires anything like that," Hoch…

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A Buffalo doctor will be able to expand his treatment for opioid patients despite the government shutdown after an intervention from the office of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. And it's all happening despite some confusion over which government agency was responsible for the approval Dr. Anthony Martinez was seeking to be able to serve more patients. Mar…

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Channel 7 meteorologist Andy Parker got creative with his storm predictions Wednesday, tweeting a graphic labeled the "Jimmy Griffin Snow Index," named after the late Buffalo mayor who urged citizens to ride out the Blizzard of 1985 with a good football game and a six pack of beer. The index assigned cans of beer to corresponding snow accumulation totals. Three inches o…

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Gearing up to seek a third term as Erie County executive, Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz has no idea who will run against him in November. But it’s a sure bet his eventual opponent will launch an all-out assault on Poloncarz’s self-acknowledged liberal politics, according to early hints dropped by leaders of the Republican and Conservative opposition. That’s just fine with …