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Elections officials declared indicted U.S. Rep. Chris Collins the apparent winner of the 27th Congressional District election Tuesday — but not by a lot. Barring court action, Collins, a Republican, triumphed over Democrat Nate McMurray by 1,384 votes across the district when all outstanding absentee ballots were counted during a long day at the Erie County Board of Ele…

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Two top lieutenants of G. Steven Pigeon, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to bribery in state and federal courts, admitted to their own election law crimes in State Supreme Court on Tuesday. David B. Pfaff and Kristy Mazurek, key elements of the Western New York Progressive Caucus fund that first drew the attention of state and federal investigators, pleaded guilty …

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ALBANY – Like others pleading for leniency, Alain Kaloyeros turned to family members, friends, colleagues and community leaders to help make his case before a federal judge who will decide soon on his punishment for conspiring to rig the bidding process for the Buffalo Billion solar plant at RiverBend. But Kaloyeros, always colorful, also got letters of a support from o…

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ALBANY – In mid-September, Fighting for Our Future, a Super PAC, got a major donation to help it fund Democratic efforts to take over the State Senate: $1 million. On Oct. 9, another $1 million was wired in. Two weeks later, another $1 million. The funding flow illustrated to anyone watching that the New York State United Teachers union – the creator and benefactor o…

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ALBANY – New York State has become the Wild West for the daily fantasy sports wagering industry. A month after the contests were declared illegal by a state judge, an odd legal twist has emerged: The state agency responsible for overseeing the industry has quietly stopped any regulatory authority over more than a dozen daily fantasy sports companies that continue offeri…

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When the SAFE Act became law, it emerged as one of the most controversial pieces of legislation on the books in New York. It also may be among the most confusing. Thanks to a ruling from a federal judge in Buffalo five years ago, authorities from police to prosecutors differ on how – or even whether – to enforce part of the law. A provision of the law aimed at limiti…

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Democrats talked a lot about health care and protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions before this year's midterm election, and to hear Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer tell it, that campaign theme took root in part at – of all places – the Taste of Buffalo. "When I was up there this time, more people talked about health care and pre-existing condi…

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Wherever Rep. Chris Collins appeared on the campaign trail this election season, so did Stefan Mychajliw. At a diner in Boston, a sportsmen's gathering in Hamburg, the Ontario County Republican Dinner in Geneva, a meet-and-greet in Lewiston and countless other stops throughout the 27th Congressional District, Mychajliw shadowed the GOP incumbent at every turn. Collin…

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ALBANY — Senate Republicans spent three hours behind closed doors Friday at the Capitol, disagreeing with one another over why they lost control of the Senate and battling over a leader to guide them in their new, far-from-influential position as the minority party in the 63-member chamber. In the end, they decided to go again with Suffolk County Senator John Flanagan a…

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The normally unflappable Mayor Byron W. Brown had a lot to say about his critics Thursday. In a meeting with The Buffalo News editorial board, Brown lashed out at Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, for not making changes to a state development program that Ryan claims the city is misusing. The mayor called out Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder for allegedly exce…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, is standing strong in his opposition to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi returning to the House speakership. But Rep. Tom Reed, a Corning Republican, said that when he casts his vote for speaker, he might end up voting for the Democratic leader whom Republicans love to hate. This unusual turn of events is playing out…

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ALBANY – Two Republican senators, including one from Western New York, are feverishly vying for a Senate leadership job with zero power in Albany over policy matters, the state budget or even parking lot assignments at the Capitol. Yet, senators John Flanagan of Long Island and Catharine Young from Olean, are coveting the right to be called Senate Minority Leader come J…

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The Lackawanna City Council is seeking candidates who live in the 3rd Ward to fill the seat recently vacated by William R. Leonard. Leonard, 52, was forced to resign Oct. 31 after State Police investigators determined his residence was in West Seneca, not Lackawanna, as required under the Lackawanna City Charter. Investigators also determined that Leonard voted in a …

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ALBANY – In his years as a prominent Buffalo businessman, Louis Ciminelli made some enemies, but he made lots of friends, spreading his time and money around to cultural groups, providing steady union jobs on his many projects and enjoying close ties with politicians across party lines. Now, as Ciminelli faces a possible prison sentence being handed down in a couple wee…