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President Trump and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo met Thursday – but failed to resolve their standoff over New York's law blocking the Department of Homeland Security from seeing state Department of Motor Vehicles records. That means New Yorkers remain barred from joining or renewing their memberships in trusted traveler programs such as NEXUS, which many Western New Yorkers rel…

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District Attorney John J. Flynn appears headed toward a second term following his expected endorsement Thursday by Erie County Republicans. A Democrat who formerly served as a Tonawanda town justice, Flynn now is expected to face no opposition and be guaranteed re-election following the GOP nominations slated to be approved at a Thursday evening meeting. Erie County …

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ALBANY – County sheriffs across New York today called on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders to end an “unwise” provision in a new law that has restricted access by federal immigration and border agents to state motor vehicle records. The local law enforcement officials said a new state law is jeopardizing the safety of federal immigration authorities. The l…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump released his proposed fiscal 2021 budget earlier this week, and it offered what his earlier budgets suggested, only more so. It proposes slashing or ending programs that are hugely important to Western New York – from Medicare and Medicaid to home heating assistance and urban development programs. And while Trump has reversed course and v…

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It takes a few days to get ratings these days, but the local figures for Sunday’s telecast of the Oscars have arrived. The 3 hour, 32 minute show had a 12.9 rating on WKBW, the local ABC affiliate. That was down about 4% from the 13.5 rating a year ago here. That is much lower than the 20% national decline. The local rating peaked at 14.0 at 8:45 p.m. From 11 to 11:30 p.m.…

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ALBANY – President Trump and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will meet Thursday at the White House to discuss an ongoing dispute over federal access to state motor vehicle records. The outcome will affect thousands of people who cross to and from Canada and the United States every year. The meeting comes a day after Cuomo said he is prepared to acquiesce to federal demands to t…

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Brian D. Grear said Monday he's running for Niagara County sheriff, a post he's sought twice before. Grear was a Republican when he polled 38% of the vote in 2005 against incumbent Democrat Thomas A. Beilein. In 2008, he hoped to again run for sheriff, but the GOP endorsed Ernest C. Palmer instead. Democrats then recruited Grear to run for a State Senate seat, bu…

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It will take three elections in 2020 to fill the seat left open by the resignation of Chris Collins. Here is a look at how the race for New York's 27th Congressional District is shaping up. April 28: Special Election Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday formally set the date for a special election to fill the remainder of Collins' unexpired term. The parties have designated t…

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When Robert G. Ortt ended his quest on Tuesday for the Republican nomination to succeed Chris Collins in Congress, his observations dwelled on realities. The state senator from North Tonawanda recognized that Christopher L. Jacobs had wrapped up the GOP nomination for an April 28 special election, and that his Senate colleague would have plenty of money for what lies ah…

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This is the time of year when town supervisors and mayors give speeches about all the wonderful things happening in their communities – and they display their senses of humor. Tonawanda Supervisor Joe Emminger continued this time-honored tradition last week. The 6-foot, 6-inch tall Emminger began his address by saying people ask him if he's always been tall. "And …

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WASHINGTON – The Shakespearean drama of Chris Collins' downfall didn't really end when a federal judge handed him a 26-month prison sentence in January. In fact, some earlier chapters in that drama never were fully written until now, largely because they took place in Australia and New Zealand. That's about 9,000 miles from the White House lawn where, via cellphone in J…

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A Washington, D.C., political action committee founded by Jack Kemp has thrown its support behind Beth Parlato to fill the seat left vacant by former Rep. Chris Collins. Jimmy Kemp, the late Buffalo area congressman's son and the executive director of Empower America Project, announced Monday that the political fundraising organization would endorse Parlato, a former Da…

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ALBANY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday he talked to President Trump over the weekend to request a face-to-face meeting to discuss the federal government’s decision to suspend New York’s participation in a program intended to prescreen travelers for quicker border crossings. Trump blasted Cuomo over the weekend for, as he wrote on Twitter, canceling a meeting at t…

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ALBANY – Legalizing online sports gambling in New York State already faced a questionable future in Albany this year. But after last week’s appeals court ruling declaring illegal the state’s daily fantasy sports betting program, the broader – and far more lucrative – sports gambling initiative could now face even more hardened opposition. “I think we get a little mor…

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WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear Sunday that one of Rep. Brian Higgins' top priorities – a massive infusion of federal funding to rebuild America – is one of her top priorities, too. Pelosi spoke at a National Governors Association event with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The two longtime politicians made no mention of the top Washington issues of las…