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Four-term Councilman James Rogowski faces increasing pressure to resign his seat on the Cheektowaga Town Board Friday in light of his guilty plea Thursday in a domestic violence incident involving his estranged wife earlier this year. Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski on Thursday commissioned municipal law experts from Phillips Lytle and Hodgson Russ to determine…

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Town justice is one of those elective posts that candidates, no matter their political party, try to garner as many lines on the ballot as possible. If they can't get the party endorsement, candidates can run in the primary to get the edge over their opponents, or even capture the major party lines and have an easier general election in November. In Lancaster and Orc…

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WASHINGTON – The Australian company that Rep. Chris Collins dragged into the headlines just did what many deeply embarrassed, permanently humiliated people would do if they could. It changed its name. Innate Immunotherapeutics, cited 99 times in the 30-page indictment that last month charged Collins with insider trading involving Innate stock, now calls itself Amplia…

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WASHINGTON – Anonymous, whoever Anonymous is, told us a lot of things we already knew. In fact, the byline-free "I am the resistance" op-ed in the New York Times reads like a cliche-ridden rewrite from Bob Woodward's book "Fear." It's more confirmation that the president of the United States is, as Woodward's book says ... well, Donald Trump: an impulsive, vindictive, n…

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ALBANY – In a final pitch to Buffalo-area Democrats, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is spending at least $100,000 from his campaign account in the first and only customized television advertising appeal in advance of the Sept. 13 gubernatorial primary contest against challenger Cynthia Nixon. The 30-second ad now airing will run through primary day on Thursday. It boasts of ma…

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Collins' troubles deepened Thursday, as the House Ethics Committee said it would ramp up an investigation that could result in his expulsion from the House after completion of the federal criminal case against him. The ethics panel's move could prove to be moot — in that Collins has suspended his re-election campaign and Republican leaders are tr…

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WASHINGTON – The first two days of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings proceeded just like so much that happens here, with an ever-intensifying sound and fury that drowns out reality. Which, in this case, is this: Brett Kavanaugh will almost certainly be the next Supreme Court justice. Judge the judge however you want: as a brilliant conservative legal scholar or…

Nicholas J. Forster, the longtime chairman of the Niagara County Democratic Committee, announced Wednesday he will step down from the post and support Jason Zona as his successor. “I must admit I am tired of it,” Forster said. “I realize that I have served long enough, and I have decided to devote my attention to other matters that may include seeking local elective off…

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ALBANY – In the final weeks of his Democratic Party primary race against challenger Cynthia Nixon, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is spending donors’ money at a dizzying clip. The spending spree by Cuomo’s campaign has also left the governor with $16 million in the bank. While that's a level that most candidates would die for, it stands at just half the $31 million Cuomo had on h…

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WASHINGTON – Believe it. Believe what you read in the excerpts and, if you buy it, the book. Because Bob Woodward doesn't get things wrong. And believe the title: "Fear." It's hard not to read details from Woodward's book and not feel exactly that. His book portrays President Trump as an adolescent president, managed, sort of, by beleaguered aides who steal wacky …

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ALBANY – Sen. Timothy Kennedy breaks a sweat working his Senate 63rd district handing out state grants, marching in parades and fielding constituent complaints with the state. His campaign has money, he’s got local name recognition and he faces a largely unknown Democratic opponent, Shaqurah G. Zachery, in the Sept. 13 primary. So what’s the South Buffalo Democrat wo…

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By Katharine Q. Seelye BOSTON – Ayanna Pressley upended the Massachusetts political order on Tuesday, scoring a stunning upset of 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano and positioning herself to become the first African-American woman to represent the state in Congress. Pressley’s triumph was in sync with a restless political climate that has fueled victories for underdogs, w…

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WASHINGTON — With a federal indictment hanging over his head in Manhattan and Republican leaders struggling to find a way to replace him on the November ballot in Western New York, Rep. Chris Collins returned to work Tuesday evening in the nation's capital. Collins, a Republican from Clarence, cast four votes as the House returned to work after a five-week summer recess…

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WASHINGTON — "Alice in Wonderland." "Abhorrent." "Wrong." Those were just some of the comments from senators from both parties Tuesday in reaction to President Trump's tweet a day earlier, in which he chided Attorney General Jeff Sessions for bringing federal charges against Rep. Chris Collins and another Republican congressman only months before the midterm elect…

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WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain died 10 days ago at the age of 81, but right after his diagnosis with brain cancer last year, he seemed simultaneously much younger and much older: vibrant even in the face of a fatal illness, and wise like a warrior of the Greatest Generation. Much has been said and much written since his passing, and especially since the funeral at Washin…