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ALBANY – Two Republican senators, including one from Western New York, are feverishly vying for a Senate leadership job with zero power in Albany over policy matters, the state budget or even parking lot assignments at the Capitol. Yet, senators John Flanagan of Long Island and Catharine Young from Olean, are coveting the right to be called Senate Minority Leader come J…

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ALBANY – In his years as a prominent Buffalo businessman, Louis Ciminelli made some enemies, but he made lots of friends, spreading his time and money around to cultural groups, providing steady union jobs on his many projects and enjoying close ties with politicians across party lines. Now, as Ciminelli faces a possible prison sentence being handed down in a couple wee…

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ALBANY – A pay compensation panel selected by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lawmakers quietly held its first public meeting Tuesday in what will be a breakneck process that’s expected to result in the first salary hike for members of the Senate and Assembly since 1999. The four-member panel, all longtime government insiders, made no decisions during the 20 minutes they met i…

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ALBANY – At a time when Western New York is losing influence in the State Senate, the region is poised to possibly add a powerful new voice in the 150-member Assembly. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Bronx Democrat, is nearing a decision on who he will select to become the next Assembly majority leader, and Buffalo Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes is on the short l…

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Calls for New York Republican Chairman Edward F. Cox to resign are increasing after the GOP suffered major statewide losses last week. Carl P. Paladino, the 2010 candidate for governor and a longtime Cox critic, is joined by top party figures like Onondaga County Chairman Thomas V. Dadey Jr. in calling for a change at the top. And several sources point to Erie County Re…

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The most populous communities in the Northtowns are wrapping up their 2019 budgets, and the bottom-line results for residents are mixed. Two of the five municipalities – Amherst and the City of Tonawanda – will exceed the state property tax cap. Clarence, Grand Island and the Town of Tonawanda will raise their tax levy, the amount the towns collect in taxes, but stay wi…

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ALBANY – As Republicans fretted last week over the string of Election Day losses that flipped the state Senate to Democratic Party control, they might seek solace in a not-so-small dose of reality. The Republicans should have lost the Senate at least 10 years ago and, in fact, probably a lot longer ago than that were it not for the state's arcane way of determining how …

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A seasoned pilot from Buffalo flying a small plane from Niagara Falls to New Jersey on Friday was killed when the plane crashed in Delaware County, according to authorities. Daniel P. Drew, 65, was the only person aboard a twin-engine Cessna that crashed shortly before 3:30 p.m. off Readburn Road in the Town of Tompkins, about 40 miles east of Binghamton, according to a…

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A Buffalo nursing home's staff was warned an elderly resident might be trying to escape out of his third-floor window in the weeks leading up to his fatal fall, but it did not take sufficient steps to protect him, state Health Department inspectors concluded in a critical report. New York State fined Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center $10,000 for violations…

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ALBANY — The next leader of New York’s Senate said Thursday she has had no conversations with any Senate Republicans about joining the Democratic Party after this week's elections overwhelmingly ousted Republicans from control of the 63-member chamber. “So far, I have so many Democrats," Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said of the 39 senators she will sudd…

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When Karen McMahon went up on stage at Erie County Democratic headquarters in downtown Buffalo around 11:45 on election night, she told the crowd things were looking good but that she didn't know for sure whether she had beaten Republican Assemblyman Raymond Walter. Moments later, Jeremy Zellner, the Erie County Democratic chairman, stepped to the lectern and proclaimed…

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ALBANY – Six months after he resigned in disgrace from office, former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was notified Thursday that he will not face criminal charges involving allegations made by four women that he sexually assaulted them. Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, appointed as special prosecutor by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to investigate the case, sa…

Cheektowaga

Utility work scheduled for this weekend on a portion of Genesee Street in Cheektowaga will close some outbound lanes, the state Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. The lane reductions will begin at 9 p.m. Friday on eastbound Genesee between Union Road and Holtz Drive near the Buffalo International Airport. The work is expected to continue through 6 a.m. Mo…

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ALBANY – Nearly 42,000 square miles. That’s the area of upstate that will now have just three state lawmakers in power positions in a new Senate session come January when Democrats assume control of the 63-member chamber. The three Democrats, including state Sen. Timothy Kennedy of South Buffalo, will derive their influence by being members of the Senate majority in …

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Republican Chris Collins could very well credit Tuesday’s long lines at Republican-dominated polling places in the 27th Congressional District for his narrow victory over Democrat Nate McMurray. Or maybe he can thank President Trump’s automated phone calls urging a Collins vote throughout the district’s eastern end on Monday. But there appears to be no doubt that the…