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WASHINGTON – For generations, lawyers representing indicted members of Congress have tried to turn an obscure clause in the Constitution into a get-out-of-jail-free card for their clients. Now, attorneys for Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican indicted on federal insider trading charges, appear to be doing the same. But this strategy hasn't worked in the past. …

Local News

NEW YORK – Rep. Chris Collins on Friday was dealt his first courtroom defeat in the felony insider trading case against him, as a judge here rejected the Collins attorneys' request for more details about the charges he's facing. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick highlighted a two and a half hour hearing that seemed to serve as a preview for wha…

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Vanessa A. Glushefski is out of the city comptroller's race. And now she's out of a job. Barbara Miller-Williams, who was recently named interim city comptroller, told Glushefski Tuesday that she was terminated as deputy comptroller effective Wednesday, Glushefski said Friday in a telephone interview. "She said that she really needed to have her own team to carry …

Buffalo

The Erie County Board of Elections is extending its office hours at 134 W. Eagle St. to accommodate absentee voters in advance of the Tuesday, May 7 Buffalo School Board election. In addition to its regular hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, the office will stay open to assist absentee voters until 7 p.m. Thursday and will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The la…

State

ALBANY – The all Democratic-run State Legislature continued its policy change march Tuesday, with lawmakers pressing ahead with long-stalled environmental measures that could affect everything from the chemical composition of toys to constitutional guarantees for clean air and water in New York State. Lawmakers passed bills to try to reduce bird deaths via flying into b…

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WASHINGTON – As many as 30 U.S. customs officers from upstate New York will be temporarily transferred to the southern border in the next few months to cope with an influx of asylum-seekers there, sources said Monday. Seven Buffalo-area customs officers have already been told they will have to leave shortly for 60-day assignments at the U.S.-Mexico border, the office of…

Erie County

Just two weeks after a key municipal union endorsed his opponent for county executive, incumbent Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz is countering with backing from the area’s premier labor organization. The Western New York Area Labor Federation, which represents 140,000 workers among 145 local unions in Western New York, will announce its support Tuesday for Poloncarz against …

Business

Former State Sen. George Maziarz, once a kingpin in Niagara County politics, has been making a range of allegations about former allies and about the Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp., where many of those former allies have landed. Now, the FBI has begun an inquiry into the OTB and some of the contracts it has issued to well-connected businessmen, two sources wit…

Buffalo

Later this year, Barbara Miller-Williams can officially remove the “interim” label from her title as Buffalo comptroller following the withdrawal of her potential primary opponent. Vanessa Glushefski, who had been circulating designating petitions and loomed as Miller-Williams’ only obstacle in this year’s comptroller election, has ended her candidacy after failing to c…

Erie County

Democratic Majority Leader April Baskin, still in her first term as a legislator, was elected chairwoman of the Erie County Legislature in an 8-2 vote at a special meeting Monday afternoon. Baskin, a newcomer when she was elected as 2nd District legislator in Buffalo in November 2017, was immediately named majority leader in January 2018 and has served in that role sinc…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump took aim at New York State on Monday morning, blaming its governor and attorney general for the National Rifle Association's woes and incorrectly saying the state "didn't even put up a fight" against a change in federal tax law that cost some middle- and upper-income New Yorkers big money. "The NRA is under siege by Cuomo and the New York St…

Erie County

When local candidates file campaign finance reports with the Board of Elections on May 24, it’s a sure bet Lynne M. Dixon’s will gain lots of attention. Following a major fundraiser and a flurry of behind-the-scenes activity, those studying the county executive candidate’s report will zero in on the summary page required by state election law. It will reflect just how w…

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Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy formerly announced Saturday that he is running for chairman of the New York State Republican Party. Langworthy has been making the rounds across the state in recent weeks, mounting an all-out effort to replace veteran Edward F. Cox as state party leader. Langworthy released a YouTube video announcing his candidacy. I…

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The Buffalo Opioid Intervention Court will be able to expand its operations and serve more people thanks to a federal grant that will bring the court an additional $400,000 a year in funding each year through 2024. Rep. Brian Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, and Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced the grant Friday. They said it will allow the court to serve ap…

Buffalo

More than three months after campaign finance reports were due at the state Board of Elections, the Grassroots political organization filed its reports Thursday, after The Buffalo News began asking about missing filings. The organization's new treasurer thought she filed the mid-January reports online when they were due, but apparently the reports didn't go through, sai…