Interview With Donald Trump and Presidential Primary Coverage
Before an April campaign event in Rochester, N.Y., I interviewed Donald Trump and pressed him about his immigration proposal to ban Muslim entry into the United States, as well as his economic policy proposals for the Rust Belt economy in Western New York and comments he'd made about punishments for abortion. A longer version of the interview can be seen here.
The next week, Trump held a rally in downtown Buffalo. Prior to that rally, I reported on the Secret Service's security plan. On April 18, I covered the rally inside the arena and recapped the speech with my colleague Steve Brown for the 11 p.m. newscast.
Earlier in April, I also filed a story about how New York was finally relevant in a primary election for the first time in decades.
In July, as Trump's momentum surged, his campaign co-chair in Western New York sent a threatening email to a GOP delegate who opposed Trump. I obtained that email, which was sent from Carl Paladino, not only the state's campaign co-chair but also a member of the Buffalo School Board.
Carl Paladino/Buffalo School Board Coverage
Carl Paladino, a sitting member of the Buffalo School Board, said in a recorded interview that "damn Asians" are being "subsidized" by the state's university system. This story confronts Paladino, who refused to explain himself in his capacity as an elected board member.
In late 2016, Paladino made racist comments in a local newspaper, prompting his colleagues on the school board to begin the process of seeking his removal. Although the board withdrew that attempt, it later sought his removal under Section 306 of education law by accusing him of illegally revealing confidential information to the public. I was in attendance the night the board voted to file a removal petition with the state education commissioner.
Paladino appeared in Albany for a five-day hearing process in front of the commissioner, which I attended and provided live coverage of through a blog and digital/television stories.
Ultimately, the commissioner removed Paladino from the school board, a decision he immediately vowed to appeal.
Campaign Season 2014: Kathy Hochul, Democratic nominee for Lt. Gov in New York
Kathy Hochul, a former Congresswoman and native of Buffalo, ran for Lt. Gov of New York in 2014 as the running mate of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Although she ultimately won the election (technically separate from the gubernatorial race), she faced a difficult test from a progressive downstate candidate and had to answer tough questions after losing a New York Times endorsement.
Ethics Investigation into Rep. Chris Collins
Rep. Chris Collins, a Republican congressman from Clarence, faces a congressional ethics investigation into his investment practices. In this interview, I ask Collins about the House Ethics Committee's decision to take on the case.
Proposed City Budget To Use Reserve Funds For Balancing
In May, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown proposed a budget that held the line on taxes. To balance the budget, however, he proposed using a significant portion of unassigned reserve funds. After his news conference, I asked him whether he was comfortable with that decision.
Congressman Defends Health Care Vote
After taking heat from constituents in a town hall meeting, Congressman Tom Reed of New York's Southern Tier region defended his vote on the American Health Care Act in May 2017. I met up with him after an event in Chautauqua County for a one-on-one interview.
Niagara Falls Faces Financial Shortfall
An ongoing dispute between the Seneca Nation and the state of New York has placed millions of casino revenue dollars in jeopardy, not only for the state but also for cities like Niagara Falls. In this story, I question both the Democratic city administration and the Republican state representative about how they plan to address the situation.
New Candidate Joins Race for Mayor
Betty Jean Grant, an Erie County legislator and a familiar name in Western New York politics, announced last spring she would challenge Mayor Byron Brown in a Democratic primary. Here's our interview, as I ask her what she can point to in her record that proves she's the right person for the job.
Trump Interested in Buying Bills?
In April 2014, real estate magnet and reality television star Donald Trump expressed interest in buying the Buffalo Bills. These rumors circulated shortly after Trump chose not to run for governor of New York. My story on Trump appeared in USA Today, long before he ran for president.