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Ocasio-Cortez plans to back Statehood for Upstate NY in primary challenge to Schumer

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plans to primary United States Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in the 2022 Democratic Party Primary contest — during which, she intends to endorse statehood for upstate and Western New York, a source familiar with her thinking

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Pat Whalen floated to lead NYDOT in Hochul administration

Buffalo businessman Patrick Whalen is being floated to lead the New York State Department of Transportation in the likely event that Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul will replace the increasingly embattled Governor Andrew Cuomo. Whalen is a longtime civic leader who

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Camille Brandon to lead Hochul’s gubernatorial campaign

Sources tell The Chronicle that longtime Western New York political operative and Bolton St. Johns lobbyist Camille Brandon is likely to lead Kathy Hochul‘s gubernatorial campaign in the increasingly likely event that Governor Andrew Cuomo is removed from office. Observers say

City & Region

Chautauqua County ethics board to meet March 10th

The Chautauqua County Ethics Board will be holding a meeting on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 4 p.m. in Rooms 331 and 333 of the Gerace Office Building, 3 N. Erie St. in Mayville, N.Y. Current members of the board

Niagara County

Niagara County expecting largest vaccine shipment to date

Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton today announced that Niagara County is expecting to receive 6,500 first doses of COVID-19 vaccination next week, by far the most the county has ever received for a single week.  The county

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American Rescue Plan includes massive commitments to universal child care

BY KATHARINE B. STEVENS Last Saturday, the US House of Representatives narrowly passed the massive $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, now under consideration in the Senate. The so-called “COVID-19 relief package” includes multiple childcare provisions: $39 billion to address “an acute, immediate childcare

Commerce

Postal Service’s performance declined last year

BY KEVIN R. KOSAR Last week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hauled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy before it and spent the better part of five and a half hours denouncing him. In part, majority Democrats were politicking — they rehashed

Commerce

FCC’s emergency broadband benefit attracts praise, criticism

BY DANIEL LYONS Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a report and order establishing the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB), a $3.2 billion program to help low-income families stay connected to the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. The

Commerce

Romney floats ‘child allowance’ in reform of child tax credit

BY KYLE POMERLEAU Last month, Senator Mitt Romney introduced a proposal to enact a “child allowance,” a monthly payment to households with children. His proposal would be financed in part by repealing other child benefits, including the “Child and Dependent Care Tax