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Over the years, Joel A. Giambra built one of Western New York’s most recognized political names as Common Council member, county executive, lobbyist and even a candidate for governor. But now Giambra is steering toward a new direction as chief operations officer of Liberty Cab Co. Bill Yuhnke, Liberty’s founder and president, announced this week the former county exe…

Buffalo

Looks like Buffalo Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams has flip-flopped again on Mayor Byron W. Brown's budget. The comptroller's office issued a cautionary report that raised a few warning signs about the proposed 2019-20 budget on May 9, which was unanimously passed by the Council May 16. Six days later, Miller-Williams issued a revised report that contained differ…

Local News

ALBANY – Owners of any kind of boat that has a motor attached will be required to take a boating safety course in New York State under legislation given final approval Tuesday by the Assembly. The Buffalo News previously reported in May that there was a two-way deal between the Assembly and Senate to approve the measure. The Senate adopted the bill several weeks ago, an…

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ALBANY – The state’s top medical schools and research institutions, including Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, risk having to halt scientific studies on cigarettes, cigars and other products because the Cuomo administration wants those products to be taxed and regulated in a way that scientists say is unworkable. An all-out effort by researchers is underway to …

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ALBANY – State lawmakers in one house at least are moving to vote next week on a measure that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain a New York driver’s license. The Assembly transportation committee has the item on its calendar for Wednesday, when it is expected to be approved and then be closer to what an Assembly source said is expected passage som…

Crime

How can the police tell if you're driving while high? It's not simple. There's no breath test like there is with alcohol to determine whether a driver is under the influence of drugs. Instead, law enforcement agencies rely on specially trained officers, known as "drug recognition experts," who know how to spot the tell-tale signs of impaired driving. The officers,…

Local News

ALBANY — With the clock ticking, lawmakers at the state Capitol are having intensive, ongoing negotiations over a sweeping bill to legalize the cultivation, distribution, taxation, sales and consumption of marijuana in New York State. But with questions about whether that will lead to the full-scale legalization, another option is possible: baby steps. Some states, l…

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ALBANY – Longtime Buffalo businessman Louis Ciminelli has formally filed an appeal of his conviction last year as part of the Buffalo Billion scandal that eventually resulted in the massive RiverBend solar manufacturing facility being awarded to Ciminelli’s construction firm. Paul Shechtman, Ciminelli’s Manhattan lawyer, urged a federal appeals court to overturn the bid…

Erie County

The Erie County Board of Elections on Wednesday proposed 37 sites for early voting before the Nov. 5 general election. The sites would open Saturday, Oct. 26. There would be one in every Buffalo Common Council district and one in every other city and town. The county election office on West Eagle Street also would be used. New York State has legalized early voting fo…

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ALBANY – The state’s largest business lobbying group today is coming out in support of New York granting driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the United States illegally. The Business Council of New York State, which represents companies that employ a total of 1.2 million people in the state, is among the organizations backing the so-called Green Light legislation…

Columns

Add one more crime to the list Chris Collins is accused of committing. Except when it comes to this one, the verdict already is in: He’s guilty of rampant hypocrisy. As he fights to keep an indictment-laden political career on life-support, the Clarence Republican insists – presumably with a straight face – that being kicked off of congressional committees because of his…

Lancaster

A $5 garbage removal fee imposed earlier this spring heated up the GOP primary race for town clerk in Lancaster. Anne V. Desiderio, a political newcomer, launched a petition drive to repeal the fee residents must pay to place extra garbage bags at the curb for collection. Desiderio, 54, who will off against incumbent Diane M. Terranova, called the fee “Terranova’s Ta…

State

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo provided his own end-of-session wish list Tuesday, and it includes everything from legalization of marijuana and driver’s licenses for immigrants in the country illegally to permitting gestational surrogacy contracts. The governor, in the first year of his third term, also provided a further peek into his political future: He plans on runni…

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“60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley told “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter on CNN Sunday something about social media that made me think of a recent Facebook post by a former WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) anchor. Addressing the recent doctored, edited and manipulated videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that were shared by President Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and oth…

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Almost 17 months before Election Day 2020, the contest for the congressional seat now held by Rep. Chris Collins is not only underway but intensifying at a torrid pace. That’s because of the special circumstances surrounding Collins, the Clarence Republican who remains under federal indictment on insider trading charges casting a cloud of question marks around his futur…