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Some notes, news and observations on politics around here: • Polling numbers for Gov. Andrew Cuomo dropped to their lowest point of the last year and a half, according to the latest Siena College survey. And it has everything to do with late subways and deteriorating commuter rail service in New York City. Siena reported that Cuomo’s favorable rating dropped fr…

The Buffalo Republican who last week submitted designating petitions for mayor has declined the nomination, resulting in no GOP candidate to oppose the winner of the Democratic primary in the November general election. A GOP source said Mary Jo Carroll will not follow through with a mayoral campaign, explaining her name was circulated on petitions to “protect the inte…

Frontier Airlines will launch low-fare service between Buffalo and five cities – four in Florida plus Denver – starting this fall, and some fares will be as low as $39 during an introductory period. The destinations are Denver; Fort Myers, Fla.; Miami; Orlando, Fla.; and Tampa, Fla. Frontier will operate the new routes with Airbus A320 aircraft. The destinatio…

THE PRESIDENCY THE ROAD TO CAMELOT: Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign By Thomas Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie Simon & Schuster 448 pages, $28 We can only imagine the meeting between Joseph P. Kennedy and his son, John F. Kennedy, in a small study off their Cape Cod living room on that Thanksgiving afternoon in 1956. While dishes were washed in the kitchen …

Lawyers for George D. Maziarz argued in an Albany courtroom Friday that corruption charges against the former Republican state senator should be dismissed because prosecutors singled  him out and ignored the people who embezzled campaign funds. Following an earlier and unsuccessful dismissal motion based on claims of faulty grand jury proceedings, the new effort conten…

With the sunken docks of Wilson Harbor as a backdrop, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday  called upon President Trump to revamp the International Joint Commission, an organization responsible for regulating lake levels. “I call upon President Trump to replace ... with appointees who know what they are talking about and who know the Great Lakes,” Cuomo  said in Wilson,…

Back in January of 2011, just days after Andrew Cuomo took office as the new governor of New York, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority first appeared on the Albany radar screen. The NFTA’s board of commissioners had just appointed Kim Minkel as its new executive director at a salary that would grow to $208,000 today. The new governor was not pleased when he …

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…