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WASHINGTON — The Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has sprung back to life — in the form of a Senate bill that would cost New York State tens of billions more than earlier health care reform bills. The new effort, sponsored by Republican Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, would repeal federal subsidies …

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Freedom, justice and the long struggle The Freedom Wall is all about history. The recently completed mural is located at Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street, which is the northern entrance to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor. The artwork provides a "unique story about civil and human rights work in American history, with an eye toward conte…

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WASHINGTON – Erin Cole, an Army veteran and former state and federal official who two months ago became the first Democrat to announce plans to challenge Rep. Chris Collins next year, withdrew from the race Monday. Cole announced her withdrawal in a press release, saying: "After exploring this race for the last two months, I have decided to end my campaign. I will suppo…

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Friday teamed up with a leading Republican colleague to propose an independent commission to investigate how Russian cyberattacks affected the 2016 election and how such meddling can be prevented in the future. Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, joined Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina in introducing legislation that would e…

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More information on revaluation City Hallways reported on Thursday that the city's Assessment and Taxation Department scheduled the first in a series of  public meetings across Buffalo to educate property owners on the revaluation process and to address people's questions and concerns. The plan to hold public information sessions came up at  a June meeting of the Com…

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WASHINGTON — One of the key aviation safety reforms enacted in response to the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence Center that took 50 lives in 2009 ought to be repealed or changed, an advisory committee told the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday. The requirement that all commercial pilots obtain a license based on 1,500 hours of fligh…

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It was a low-turnout primary election with few surprises but lots of twists and turns. Here are a few: • Jeremy Zellner feels good about his organization’s performance in Tuesday’s primary election. The Erie County Democratic chairman may be stretching by including candidates backed by town committees, but points to 15 out of 16 endorsed victories. “It tells me our o…

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Not your average diner While out and about Wednesday on assignment on the East Side,  I was looking for a place to grab a bite to eat. I stumbled upon this place called Urban Diner over by the Central Terminal. A sign on the door posted the hours of operation: 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays. Those are strange hours, I thought. How does this place even stay open? So I …

Lackawanna City Council opponents John Ingram and Mohamed Albanna, who tied in Tuesday night's Conservative Party primary election, must wait until Tuesday to find out who won the line on the November ballot. That's when the Erie County Board of elections can open absentee ballots, said Robin Sion, deputy elections commissioner. "State elections law requires us to wa…

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Amid the hoopla of Byron W. Brown’s middle-of-Court Street celebration Tuesday night, the Democrat headed for a fourth term as mayor of Buffalo was asked if voters had handed him a mandate. Did his healthy primary election win over Mark J.F. Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant bestow upon him a wealth of political capital, a reporter queried. In his best imitation of Colt…

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He's mayor, right? That was some block party Mayor Byron Brown threw for his primary victory Tuesday night on his way to an all-but-guaranteed fourth term as mayor in November. The celebration was held in a cordoned off location at Franklin and Court streets against the backdrop of City Hall and the McKinley Monument in Niagara Square. When Brown came onstage just…

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A few takeaways from Tuesday's primary elections: Voters didn't show up: About one in four Democratic voters bothered to cast ballots in the mayoral primary. So if Byron W. Brown received a mandate on Tuesday, it came from only 13,346 residents of the City of Buffalo. Slight majority: Brown surpassed the magic 50 percent mark in the primary, an impressive feat agains…

Town of Hamburg Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr. on Tuesday fended off a primary challenge from Megan M. Casey for the Independence Party line. Now, he'll have to beat Casey's brother, too. Ted Casey, the only Democratic candidate, and Best, the only Republican candidate, face each other in November. On Tuesday, they had primary challenges only on minor party ball…

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James M. Shaw got more votes than Dennis Gaughan on Tuesday night. But to become the next Hamburg town supervisor, he’ll have to do it again in November. Shaw and Gaughan are both registered Democrats. Shaw received the Democratic endorsement and Gaughan was endorsed by the Republicans and challenged Shaw in the Democratic primary. Shaw won 75 percent of the vote in …

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Niagara Falls voters gave attorney James J. Faso Jr. a City Court judgeship Tuesday, while winnowing a field of nine City Council hopefuls to six. Meanwhile, voters across Niagara County chose Wheatfield Town Justice Erin P. DeLabio as the next county Family Court judge. Like Faso, DeLabio won every contested primary. Falls City Court Faso, a defense attorney with…