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For years, Stephanie Miner has served as a certified, card-carrying nemesis to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Once a trusted confidante whom Cuomo anointed as co-chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, the former mayor of Syracuse in recent years jumps at every opportunity to take on her erstwhile ally. Now she launches the ultimate challenge to Cuomo with an independent ca…

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Back when state Comptroller Carl McCall was running for governor in 2002, he used to joke about treading carefully through the land mines of Erie County’s Democratic politics. “I have to make five different stops every time I come to Erie County, so one or another warring faction doesn’t get offended,” he said back then. They were the “glory days” for the Politics Co…

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When President Trump imposed travel restrictions on a host of Muslim countries early in his administration, Tish James was among the hundreds who descended upon John F. Kennedy International Airport to protest and welcome foreign visitors. The New York City public advocate, who is seeking the Democratic nod for state attorney general, now promises even more opposition t…

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Two New York City office holders running for statewide posts will campaign in Buffalo Saturday during the annual Juneteenth Festival. Jumaane Williams, a Brooklyn Council member and candidate in the September Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, will attend the Juneteenth parade beginning at 11 a.m. and then deliver remarks from the festival stage in Martin Luthe…

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Erie County Democrats have turned to a little-known business consultant to challenge Republican state Sen. Christopher L. Jacobs this fall in a district that often attracted statewide attention and millions of dollars in previous races. Carima El-Behairy, a Buffalo resident who grew up on Grand Island, has been endorsed by local Democrats, party officials said. She is c…

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Alan Keyes, the former diplomat and three-time presidential contender, will deliver the commencement address at Chesterton Academy of Buffalo in West Seneca at 7 p.m. Friday. The Harvard University graduate served as a diplomat in various posts around the world and as an ambassador to the United Nations during the Reagan administration. He competed in Republican primari…

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A state ethics panel may have dismissed sexual harassment charges against former economic development guru Sam Hoyt, but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s political opponents have not. Last week’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) conclusion exonerating Hoyt of sexual harassment and assault charges brought by a former state employee is catapulting the issue into the campai…

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When Marc Molinaro gathered reporters on Main Street Wednesday to talk about his Republican campaign for governor, he started with a noteworthy observation. "You’re probably going to see me pretty often,” he said. The Dutchess County executive is not traveling westward these days just to sample local cuisine, though he did venture later that day to the political mecc…

Crime

Barring action by the Court of Appeals, the political corruption trial of G. Steven Pigeon will begin on Oct. 15 as scheduled following a rejection of his motion to suppress evidence seized three years ago at his waterfront condo. The state Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that the Rochester-based Appellate Division denied efforts by Pigeon attorney Paul J. …

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On a day when headlines around  the state screamed new developments in the Buffalo Billion bid-rigging trial, Marc Molinaro made it clear he will highlight “an ongoing culture of corruption” as much any federal prosecutor would. The Republican candidate for governor convened reporters along Main Street on Wednesday to pound away at an emerging theme — that Democratic in…

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HEMPSTEAD – Over the past few weeks, Democrats around the country have pondered, discussed and debated. How do we approach these midterm elections? Do we play it middle of the road, attempting to woo back some of the Donald Trump defectors? Or do we appeal to the base – the left leaners most likely to show up for a primary? At the Democratic State Convention that jus…

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Democrats gathered in convention on Long Island and Republicans in Manhattan earlier this week to name their statewide slates, kicking off the 2018 campaign. Democrats nominated for another term Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. And following the resignation of Eric T. Schneiderman, they chose New York City Public Advocate L…

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HEMPSTEAD – Andrew M. Cuomo delivered a blistering attack on the Trump administration Thursday while accepting his nomination for a third term as governor, accusing Washington of waging war on New York's middle class and calling for a rebuke of the Republican Party's "extreme conservative movement" at the polls. Closing out a two-day Democratic State Convention at Hofst…

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HEMPSTEAD – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will leave Hofstra University and the Democratic State Convention Thursday as his party's undisputed leader. He crushed a convention challenge to his bid for a third term from actress-activist Cynthia Nixon, and the rest of his favored candidates also prevailed in major fashion – especially Letitia "Tish" James, his choice for attorney g…

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HEMPSTEAD – Cynthia Nixon acknowledged this morning she will not receive enough support to qualify for the Democratic primary ballot today at a Democratic State Convention she said is "well-choreographed" by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. But the actress-activist challenging the governor slammed him for ignoring the party's progressive roots as she arrived in this convention tow…