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By Benjamin Weiser and Vivian Wang NEW YORK – Joseph Percoco, a former top adviser and confidante to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday in a case that cast a spotlight on the culture of graft and secret dealing that has pervaded the state capital. Percoco, 49, was convicted in March of soliciting and accepting more than $300,000 in br…

Environment

Snow storms in Syracuse are common. When a blizzard broke out on a 75-degree early September day, authorities knew something was amiss. Officers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation Police arrived at a construction project Sept. 7 to find heavy accumulation of Styrofoam beads strewn across about three blocks of downtown Syracuse, including in city…

Crime

A federal judge is delaying the sentencing of a former top adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo until after the November election. The delay, requested by the defense, means the sentencing of Alain Kaloyeros, who Cuomo hand-picked to head the Buffalo Billion, will take place after voters go to the polls in the race for governor. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni also po…

Crime

A lieutenant with the Cheektowaga Police Department and a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police Department officer are among 14 officers from across the state who will receive a Certificate of Valor from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, his office announced Monday. Cheektowaga Police Lt. Anthony Filipski and NFTA Police Officer David Capretto were nominated for the New …

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A Town of Tonawanda day care center could lose its license after state inspectors found five violations late last month. The state Office of Children and Family Services may revoke Blue Giraffe Daycare's license to operate for violations that include the use of corporal punishment on children, the failure to properly report serious incidents and the failure of staff to …

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ALBANY – Message to political insurgents in New York with dreams of taking over the state government: Move along. Certainly, as seen in six state Senate Democratic primary contests Thursday in which incumbent power brokers were ousted by younger, more liberal challengers, insurgents – or mavericks, or whatever the preferred term – can rise to the top in local contests. …

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Now the campaign for governor of New York gets serious. Following incumbent Andrew M. Cuomo’s rout of Cynthia Nixon in Thursday’s Democratic primary, the general election kicked off Friday as Republican Marc Molinaro launched his “Cuomo Corruption Tour” and picked up where Nixon left off. During a downtown news conference, Molinaro blistered Cuomo for his oversight o…

Politics

By Vivian Wang Years of anger at a group of Democratic state senators who had collaborated with Republicans boiled over on Thursday, as primary voters ousted nearly all of them in favor of challengers who had called them traitors and sham progressives. The losses not only were a resounding upset for the members of the Independent Democratic Conference, who outspent t…

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Buffalo’s Kathy Hochul won the Democratic nomination for a second term as lieutenant governor Thursday, turning back a serious challenge from New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams and cementing her status as a force in New York politics – though it wasn’t easy. Hochul was leading Williams 53.1 percent to 46.9 percent with 92 percent of the statewide vote counted…

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Public advocate and endorsed Democrat Letitia "Tish" James won the Democratic primary for New York State attorney general, making her the favorite to win the seat in the general election in November. Thursday's outcome marked the end of a competitive, four-way race for the seat, with James capitalizing on high name recognition and party support in New York City, where s…

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Assemblyman Erik T. Bohen, a Buffalo Democrat who won a special election for the 142nd Assembly District running on the Republican and Conservative lines, won the Republican primary, defeating Timothy C. Nolan, who has not waged an active campaign. Bohen, 36, also picked up the Conservative line, defeating Thomas J. Mescall Jr. He was slightly behind in his run for t…

Erie County

State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy beat back a challenge from his Democratic opponent Thursday, solidifying his hold on the 63rd Senate District. The Democrat from South Buffalo defeated Shaqurah G. Zachery in the primary, capturing 76 percent of the vote to Zachery's 24 percent, with 86 percent of the districts reporting. Kennedy, 41, is a four-term incumbent first elect…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo turned back an attack from his political left Thursday, as the two-term Democrat comfortably defeated activist Cynthia Nixon in a campaign centered largely in the boroughs of New York City and punctuated by issues stretching from education spending to Albany’s corruption woes. Far larger-than-expected turnout – well over double the 2014 sho…

Buffalo

Buffalo News reporters will bring you live coverage tonight of the 2018 primary election results – everything from the New York governor's race to the Lackawanna City Council race. The polls close at 9 p.m. Follow our team's tweets below to find out who is winning, who is losing in the statewide races, as well as those for offices in Erie and Niagara counties. RELATE…