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ALBANY – It held for 21 hours, but a temporary peace deal between warring Senate Republicans and Democrats imploded Tuesday during bitter parliamentarian wrangling between lawmakers already testy over which party will come to control the 63-member chamber after the November elections. Coming less than a day after the Republican and Democratic Senate leaders came to an u…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump seems to have developed a penchant for pardoning conservative culture warriors like race-baiting Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and provocateur/campaign finance law violator Dinesh D'Souza. And now Trump seems ready and willing to pardon himself, even, if the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 elec…

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ALBANY – Something unremarkable happened at 3:44 p.m. Monday: a bill passed the state Senate. And then another. And another. A legislative agenda that would otherwise get little attention at the Capitol did more than get noticed in the hallways here, as a collective sigh went out by lawmakers and lobbyists as the Senate, for the first time since May 16, began passing…

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Keith Wofford lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, has a top post with a global law firm, two kids in private schools, a vacation place and a Harvard University law degree. But Wofford, the Republican Party’s new candidate for state attorney general, is a Buffalo guy. In fact, he can’t stop talking about Buffalo, whether in his acceptance speech to GOP conventi…

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ALBANY – A federal judge on Monday delayed by a week the start of the Buffalo Billion corruption trial. U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan agreed to a request by federal prosecutors to start the trial on June 18. But the judge ordered the jury selection process to begin, as previously scheduled, on June 11 in her lower Manhattan courtroom. Prosecu…

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ALBANY – Major League Baseball executives, including Hall of Fame former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, worked the halls of the Capitol Monday pressing for passage of a sports gambling bill. Torre, who did not say he was specifically for legalization of sports wagering, was surrounded by a team of lobbyists who are feverishly pressing lawmakers to pass a gambling b…

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Republican Keith Wofford launched his campaign for New York attorney general on Monday in his native Buffalo with a blistering attack on the office's recent occupants and a vow to clean up Albany. Wofford, an attorney in private practice in Manhattan, touted his political inexperience as an asset. "Corruption is wrong, and it must be stopped. But it cannot stop unles…

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WASHINGTON – MS-13 gets a lot of press and airtime, thanks in part to a president who often talks about the vicious Salvadoran-American gang as he pursues his agenda of reducing immigration. Meantime, America's mainstream immigrants, who outnumber MS-13 gang members by about 4,369 to 1, toil away in anonymity in hotels in Buffalo, in meat-packing plants in Kansas, in sl…

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Do you have vivid memories of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in Western New York, or of the day he died? If so, share them with The Buffalo News by leaving a comment after this piece or emailing Sean Kirst at skirst@buffnews.com. We will publish a compilation later this week. It is often said that longterm memory is a place of both shadow and flashes of brilliant light. Fifty y…

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At one time, protesters outnumbered Cynthia Nixon's supporters Saturday night in Buffalo. But by the time the gubernatorial candidate arrived for a "grassroots community roundtable" at Main St. Gallery, there were more supporters of the actor/activist inside the venue than supporters of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo holding signs outside on Main Street. Nixon is challenging C…

About 40 supporters of Gov. Andrew Cuomo showed up at a Cynthia Nixon event Saturday to sing his praises and question her fitness to become governor. Nixon scheduled a stop in Buffalo to attend a "Buffalo Grassroots Community Roundtable" discussion Saturday night at Main Street Gallery and to march Sunday in the Buffalo Pride parade. Nixon had not arrived when the Cu…

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To John F. Darby and the 150 employees of Niagara Transformer Corp., new tariffs on imported steel appear to be setting off a double whammy in the making. First, because the Trump administration last week slapped a tariff on steel imported from north of the border, prices will rise for the specialty steel that the Cheektowaga company can get from only Canada to make its…

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ALBANY – On Thursday, at a private club two blocks from the state Capitol, a group of executives from casinos, racetracks and off-track betting corporations in New York gathered. A main topic for discussion: how to get everyone on the same page in order to present a united front to advance an intense lobbying campaign underway at the Capitol to legalize sports gambling …

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon will be in Buffalo on Saturday and Sunday to meet voters and energize campaign volunteers. Nixon, who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo, plans to participate in a roundtable discussion at 7 p.m. Saturday at 515 Main St. and to march in the Buffalo Pride parade at noon Sunday. “Cuomo has written off average New Yorkers a…

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ALBANY – Federal prosecutors Friday afternoon dropped all charges in the Buffalo Billion corruption case against former LPCiminelli executive Michael Laipple. The surprise announcement comes less than two weeks before Laipple was to go on trial in a lower Manhattan courtroom in a case that alleged he and others conspired to rig the bidding on upstate development project…