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ALBANY – Political winds made the Working Families Party one flexible political organization. On Thursday, a day after the liberal minor party jettisoned activist Cynthia Nixon from its gubernatorial ballot line and offered the spot to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the governor said the party was merely acting based on a dose of what he called "reality.'' Cuomo, who has run …

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Rep. Chris Collins and the two co-defendants in his insider trading case are asking to be excused from a routine status conference in Manhattan next week. It's a request, allowed by federal law, which has been granted to myriad defendants in criminal cases. In a letter to Judge Vernon S. Broderick, lawyers for Collins, his son, Cameron, and Cameron's future father-in-la…

Business

A small circle of people close to Rep. Chris Collins dumped their shares in Innate Immunotherapeutics just before the stock price crashed in June 2017. One who didn't get out was Collins' top aide Michael J. Hook. Hook lost money on shares he sold days after the crash. But one year later, Collins did a favor for his chief of staff. On June 25, Collins loaned Hook som…

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State Assemblyman David DiPietro charged Wednesday that his opponent owes two years' worth of state taxes. And if Luke Wochensky does not owe the taxes, that proves he was not a resident for the required five years and should not be on the ballot, according to DiPietro. Wochensky said he is current on all of his taxes. "This is exactly the type of politics I’m run…

Cheektowaga

Two candidates were tapped in the race to fill a vacancy on the Cheektowaga Town Board created after a Supreme Court ruling ousted James P. Rogowski from his fourth term of service. Doreen A. Friedrich, wife of former Cheektowaga Republican Party chairman Donald Friedrich, will run on the GOP line. Doreen Friedrich, 57, an employee of the M&T Bank call center, was u…

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WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Tuesday called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to release the results of its most recent inspection of the troubled Towne Gardens housing complex in Buffalo, saying that information could prompt improvements and possibly show residents they are not in danger. HUD inspected the property in Jun…

Crime

Saddled with criminal charges on two fronts, political operative G. Steven Pigeon began last week disposing of his legal headaches. It started with his guilty plea to a bribery charge in state court and will end next week when he takes another plea deal, this one in Buffalo federal court, according to records. A new federal court filing indicates the former Erie Coun…

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Rep. Chris Collins’ re-election “air war” is intensifying with a new television ad strafing Democratic challenger Nathan McMurray for embracing a single-payer health care system. The 30-second spot was slated to debut Tuesday in Buffalo and Rochester as Collins, under federal indictment for insider trading, steps up the campaign he originally suspended in August. After …

Business

WASHINGTON – Areas that depend heavily on cross-border trade – such as metro Buffalo and Southern Ontario – averted disaster Monday. American auto workers and dairy farmers, meanwhile, came out as winners. And it all happened because President Trump, keeping a promise he made while campaigning in 2016, struck a deal with Canada and Mexico to replace the North America…

State

The congressional candidate and the comedian hit it off at first. Nathan McMurray and Michael Ian Black joked and talked politics and it all went well – until the topic turned to the right to keep and bear arms. "He really blasted me for saying I was for the Second Amendment," recalled McMurray, a Democrat. "It was a slightly awkward scene," added McMurray's friend M…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has the support of one half of likely New York voters in a general election matchup against GOP candidate Marc Molinaro and several minor party candidates, even though a plurality of voters give give him lackluster job performance ratings, a new poll out Monday morning has found. The Siena College poll puts Cuomo with 50 percent of the vote…

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WASHINGTON – The House on Friday renamed the STOCK Act, which bans members of Congress from trading stocks based on knowledge they glean as lawmakers, after the woman who wrote it: Rep. Louise M. Slaughter. The House approved the measure by voice vote after it was introduced by Rep. Paul Tonko, a Democrat from Amsterdam. "It is fitting that the STOCK Act be renamed a…

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G. Steven Pigeon, a once-powerful upstate New York political operative and former Erie County Democratic chairman, has a reputation as a fighter – for candidates he wanted to see get elected and against those who would stand in his way. But trying to fight three prosecutions was apparently too much for him, according to his defense attorney. Pigeon put an end to two …

Nation and World

By Nicholas Fandos and Sheryl Gay Stolberg WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump, ceding to a request from Senate Republican leaders facing an insurrection in their ranks, ordered the FBI on Friday to open an investigation into accusations of sexual assault leveled against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his nominee to the Supreme Court. The decision capped a confusing day on C…

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May 28, 2015 – State and federal law enforcement officials execute search warrants at the Admirals Walk condominium of former Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Pigeon, along with homes of former Buffalo First Deputy Mayor Steve Casey and Christopher Grant, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Chris Collins. https://buffalonews.com/2015/05/28/law-enforcement-offi…