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ALBANY – It’s been more than two years since the Politics Column was last dispatched to the State Capitol to chronicle the proceedings of New York State government. Could it have proven too long an absence, especially when the yellowed electronic card granting access to the Capitol started beeping against the monitor, and attracting the attention of a very serious-l…

ALBANY – The State Legislature missed its deadline for adjournment Wednesday night, failing to agree on extending mayoral control of public schools in New York City and a host of related issues. Last-minute efforts to reach some agreement ended just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, failing to bring together Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate leaders John J. Flanagan Jr. and Jeffre…

ALBANY – Almost six months of deliberations in the grand chambers of the New York State Legislature are being finalized Wednesday in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's compact office on the second floor of the State Capitol. That's where the governor and the three main legislative leaders continue to huddle today as they try to wrap up a relative handful of sticky issues on the l…

Western New York voters will recognize a familiar election scenario this fall: a ballot offering no choice for State Supreme Court justice. The 2017 judicial election was essentially decided a few days ago by Erie County’s Democratic and Republican chairmen when they preliminarily “cross-endorsed” Republican incumbent Erin M. Peradotto of the Appellate Division al…

ALBANY – For an end-of-a-session week that old Albany hands call the quietest in years, state government honchos in this capital city are finding wrapping up legislative affairs anything but easy. Legislative leaders emerged from an early Monday evening session with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo still stymied on how to address a host of education-related issues ranging from co…

ALBANY – The National Comedy Center slated to open next year in Jamestown has taken a major step forward by awarding an exhibits construction contract – and that's no joke. Adirondack Studios of Argyle, in Washington County, received the $2.9 million contract. The company will be responsible for all of the exhibits at the center, built in the hometown of famed comed…

Buffalo mayoral candidate Mark J.F. Schroeder unveils the fourth point of his "Compass Plan" during a briefing at his 311 South Park Ave. headquarters at 5:30 Monday evening. Schroeder, the city comptroller facing incumbent Byron W. Brown and county Legislator Betty Jean Grant in the September Democratic primary, said his effort will "take a look at the big picture and…

The Buffalo News and two New York City tabloids have gone to court seeking to unseal the legal documents surrounding efforts to dissolve the ubiquitous Cellino & Barnes law partnership. Joseph T. Giglia II, vice president and general counsel for The News, said the newspaper has joined the New York Daily News and New York Post in seeking the release of the documents …

After heavy pressure from top Erie County Democrats, Common Council staffer Clayton Hoyt said Friday that he will not seek the County Legislature seat soon to be vacated by Democrat Betty Jean Grant. “I have decided not to throw my hat in the ring this year,” he said. “I do expect to run in the near future, but at this time, I have decided to back the endorsed Dem…

On the day after state and federal agents raided Buffalo’s Grassroots political club, its most famous member declared he is as puzzled as everyone else as to what it’s all about. “I certainly was shocked by it. I was very surprised by it,” Mayor Byron W. Brown said at a Friday press conference. “I just have no information.” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was expect…

The Manhattan attorney hired by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office to review state procedures in the aftermath of subpoenas related to the Buffalo Billion project has identified “systemic problems” in the state’s handling of $49 million in bills. Bart M. Schwartz, chairman of Guidepost Solutions LLC, also refers to the state’s “sloppy process” while recommendin…

Just two years ago, Chris Collins was carving out a nice reputation as the Republican congressman from a vast swath of Western New York. He emphasized his conservative, pro-business agenda and surprised many with his embrace of legislative collegiality after so many years as a corporate CEO and then Erie County executive. Then along came Donald Trump. After a dalliance…

Mark J.F. Schroeder made his sixth “listening tour” stop Wednesday evening at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. Schroeder, the city comptroller, has taken a page from Hillary Clinton’s 1999 statewide “listening tour” as she prepared for a Senate run. He has stopped at various forums around the city over the past several weeks to engage voters. Schr…

Mark J.F. Schroeder’s long ties to Erie County Conservatives will not gain him the minor party’s nomination for mayor this year – for the moment anyway. The tiny band with only about 1,200 Buffalo members bypassed the city comptroller and instead named South Buffalo attorney Anita L. Howard as a “placeholder” candidate. The party still could influence the e…