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The life and career of former lieutenant governor, congressman and Jamestown Mayor Stan Lundine is the subject of a new exhibit at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown. The center will highlight the influence of Lundine's career in observance of the 50th anniversary of his mayoral election in 1969. It will open at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the center's Carl M. Cappa Thea…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to change the 2020 New York primary dates for congressional, state and presidential races. But he’s not yet suggesting what the actual date should be. The governor’s comments, made on an Albany radio station Friday morning, come three days after the state Senate sent him a bill – passed by the Legislature in June – to set the presi…

Erie County

The Southtowns Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum with the two Erie County Executive candidates as part of its Leaders of Western New York speaker series. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County’s District 9 Legislator Lynne Dixon will meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Hilbert College's Swan Auditorium to discuss their accomplishments and visions for…

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ALBANY – A trailblazing report, ordered by Gov. Cuomo, rebuked New York State’s political campaign financing system as a “disgrace” and in need of urgent change. Urgent is a relative term. The report was issued in 1988, by Gov. Mario Cuomo, the current governor's father. “In the three decades that have followed, little change has come to New York’s laws and rules for…

Crime

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors in the felony insider trading case against Rep. Chris Collins this week raised the possibility of pushing back his Feb. 3 trial — so long as his son Cameron, as well as alleged co-conspirator Stephen Zarsky, still go to trial on that date. Faced with the likelihood that the congressman's defense team will file appeals that could force the trial …

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Reed and officials in the City of Salamanca say the ongoing spat between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Seneca Nation of Indians is now literally a matter of life and death in the cash-starved Cattaraugus County city of more than 5,000. The city wanted to expand its emergency services, those officials said Wednesday, but couldn't do so because of a $…

ALBANY – A bill tightening mental health background checks for part-time residents of the state who seek a firearms license was signed into law Tuesday, nine months after the state Legislature adopted the measure. The new law, which takes effect in 60 days, closes what its advocates say was a loophole over the background check process involving firearm license applicant…

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You might say “preseason” has ended, and the real campaign for county executive officially begins Tuesday when Republican candidate Lynne M. Dixon unveils a new television ad. Subscribing to the conventional wisdom that voters begin following politics after Labor Day, Dixon now launches a new 30-second spot on broadcast and cable television as well social media. And tho…

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WASHINGTON – A bunch of baristas in Buffalo voted recently to form a union. And to hear the nation's top labor leader tell it, there's nothing unusual about that. "You know, it doesn't surprise me at all, because it's happening everywhere," said Richard L. Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, when asked last week about the unionization of workers at Buffalo's Spot Coffee. …

Erie County

From a prison cell in Pennsylvania, Joseph S. Heleniak has become an issue in the Erie County executive race between incumbent Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz and County Legislator Lynne Dixon, an Independence Party member running with Republican Party support. For years, while living in West Seneca, Heleniak was donating to Poloncarz's campaign fund by purchasing tickets to…

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It’s Labor Day Weekend – traditional kickoff of the fall political season. And while “normal” New Yorkers enjoy holiday picnics or maybe just lament summer’s end, the pols are gearing up for November 2019 and even November 2020. Here’s a rundown of recent doings: • Jerry Zremski’s Wednesday story in The Buffalo News examines preliminary arguments surrounding Rep. Chr…

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WASHINGTON – When the first phase of a long-awaited veterans cemetery is completed in Genesee County in early 2022, it will be roughly half the facility that local veterans have been expecting. Instead of including interment space for 8,672 veterans, the Western New York National Cemetery will, at first, have room for only 4,000. Instead of offering an elaborate abov…

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WASHINGTON – The slow and agonizing death of Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand's presidential dream began in the bright lights of Rachel Maddow's MSNBC studio just two days after the New York Democrat announced her campaign in January. "She has been on her own party's right. She has been on her own party's left," Maddow, a darling of many Democrats, said in introducing Gillibr…

Crime

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins' top lawyer is continuing to bank on a constitutional clause as the linchpin of the lawmaker's defense against criminal insider trading charges, even after prosecutors narrowed the scope of the case earlier this month in hopes of skirting any constitutional concerns. To hear Collins' attorney, Jonathan R. Barr, tell it, a superseding indi…

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It might be a long campaign season in West Seneca. Candidates for supervisor are having a bit of a debate about scheduling a debate. Each of the three candidates say they would like to debate, but two are upset that the third candidate announced a date and format without any input from them. James Lawson, who won the Democratic primary for supervisor in June, anno…