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WASHINGTON — Buffalo has finally received the $13.68 million in funding that the federal government owed the city since Oct. 1, and New York's two U.S. senators are very happy about it. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced Friday that the Department of Housing and Urban Development had finally delivered the long-delayed Comm…

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By Kenneth Lovett ALBANY — State lawmakers will see their first pay raises in two decades, but they will also be forced to restrict their outside income and eliminate most legislative stipends. The raises and conditions were enacted Thursday by a commission that was charged with recommending whether lawmakers, who receive a base salary of $79,500, should get their fi…

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Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr., the Erie County comptroller who all but declared his candidacy for county executive earlier this year, said Thursday he will not oppose incumbent Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz in 2019. The Republican acknowledged he was raising money and seriously considering a county executive race earlier in 2018, but he also said “everything changed” when Rep. C…

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Niagara County Democratic Chairman Jason A. Zona said Tuesday he will not run for re-election to his County Legislature seat in 2019, in order to concentrate his efforts on the party post. Since 2012, Zona has represented the 5th District, covering the Town of Niagara and eastern Niagara Falls. "I just feel the time constraints to do both jobs successfully are too mu…

Crime

Six years after the FBI accused him of faking an on-duty injury, former Buffalo Police Officer Robert Quintana is entering a diversion program that could spare him a criminal conviction. Charged with defrauding the city's "injured on duty" program, the now retired officer and former Buffalo Common Council member agreed to the diversion program on the eve of his federal …

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John Ingram, a Lackawanna community leader who tried repeatedly to win a seat on the City Council, was certified the winner in the race for the 1st Ward. The Erie County Board of Elections said final results gave Ingram, a Democrat, 821 votes. Write-in candidate Abdulsalam Noman, also a Democrat, received 638 votes, and Conservative candidate Daniel Koziol tallied 140 v…

Cheektowaga

The Lackawanna City Council approved the purchase of a snowplow Monday night, hopefully ending the need to borrow snow removal equipment from other municipalities. The cash-strapped city paid $210,000 for a lightly used 2017 Freightliner Snow Plow Truck from the Town of Hornellsville in Steuben County. Earlier this year, Lackawanna entered a shared services agreement…

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WASHINGTON — The federal government's biggest annual grant payment to the City of Buffalo still hasn't arrived two months after it was due, forcing city officials to shift around funds to keep some of its services operating. Housing rehabilitation, street and sidewalk repairs and programs for youth and senior citizens are among those that will be affected if the city do…

Crime

The sentencing of Buffalo businessman Louis P. Ciminelli on federal bid-rigging charges has been moved again — this time to 2 p.m. Monday. U.S. District Court Judge Valerie E. Caproni, who presided over the trial where Ciminelli and other Buffalo Billion defendants were convicted in July, approved the move Wednesday. Another Buffalo Billion defendant, Syracuse develo…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Reed's bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus Wednesday solved its first problem, as Democratic members of the group struck a deal with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – who will likely return to the House speakership next year – on a series of rules changes aimed at giving more lawmakers a voice in lawmaking. The deal isn't as far-reaching as what the Pro…

Erie County

Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke, D-Buffalo, has endorsed Cheektowaga Deputy Supervisor Brian Nowak to fill his soon-to-be vacated 7th District seat. The district includes Cheektowaga and South Buffalo. Burke will join the Assembly in January. The Legislature will fill Burke's seat by appointment. Cheektowaga Councilman Tim Meyers is also vying for the distric…

Lackawanna

Chuck Jaworski, 69, an autoworker who was first elected to the Lackawanna City Council in 2001, was appointed by lawmakers to fill the 3rd Ward seat vacated by William R. Leonard. Jaworski served through 2007, when he successfully ran for council president. He lost a bid for mayor to Geoffrey M. Szymanski in 2011, and in 2013 lost his bid for council president. Befor…

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Congressional candidate Nate McMurray conceded defeat to Rep. Chris Collins in the race for New York's 27th Congressional District Monday, nearly three weeks after the election. Despite losing, McMurray said he would run again when the timing is right. "It was a hard decision," said McMurray, surrounded by his campaign team and other supporters at his Democratic elec…

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Robert M. Restaino lost his judgeship but apparently not his popularity in Niagara Falls. The 59-year-old Democrat said he's running for mayor of the city and will kick off his campaign at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Como Restaurant, 2220 Pine Ave. Restaino might best be known outside Niagara Falls for why he was removed as city judge in 2007. But he says people in Niagar…

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ALBANY – Senate Democrats will return to the Capitol on Monday for the first time since the Election Day ouster of Republicans from control of the 63-member chamber. The 40 incumbents and newcomers invited to the closed-door Senate Democratic meeting have as their main order of business voting for current Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins as their choice for…