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A less than festive mood greeted the horde of Buffalo and Rochester reporters descending upon Erie County Republican Headquarters a few days ago. Chairman Nick Langworthy wore a grim face after spending six weeks grappling with “the problem” – how to replace Rep. Chris Collins on the November ballot following Collins' Aug. 8 indictment on insider trading charges. Now it…

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Jeremy J. Zellner was re-elected Saturday to his fourth two-year term as Democratic Party chairman for Erie County. “My goal from the beginning was to unify and grow our party and provide the elected leadership the people of Erie County demand and deserve,” said Zellner, who became a volunteer for the party 15 years ago. Zellner also serves as Erie County Board of El…

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Fei Yan was a research scientist at MIT when he bought stock options in a Colorado mining company. Just three weeks later, news broke that the company was being taken over by a large South African firm. The stock price spiked, and Yan made more than $100,000. But pure luck did not account for his windfall. He had bought his options based on insider information gleaned f…

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Not many congressional candidates speak Korean, much less post a video to their campaign Facebook page in one of Asia's most difficult languages. And even fewer candidates do that when they're trying to win an election in a largely suburban and rural district where Asians make up about 1 percent of the population. But that's just what Nate McMurray, the Democratic candi…

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Over a month after Chris Collins was indicted on charges of insider trading and 37 days since he announced he would not run for re-election, the Clarence Republican says he will remain on the ballot, "actively campaign" for his 27th Congressional District seat and serve if re-elected, Bob McCarthy and Jerry Zremski reported.  Readers had questions about if and how someo…

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Voters who bother to listen to robocalls recently got a preview of the coming battle for the House seat in New York's 27th Congressional District between indicted Republican Rep. Chris Collins and a Democratic outsider that few had heard of before this year. A menacing, mechanical male voice asks voters four questions about the Democratic candidate, Nate McMurray, accus…

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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…