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It took more than a month for actress-activist Cynthia Nixon to bring her Democratic primary campaign for governor to New York’s second largest city. But the former “Sex and the City” star did not waste a minute Wednesday in taking on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, claiming credit for already pulling him leftward on several issues and lambasting him for a “top down” economic dev…

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Erik T. Bohen defied all the odds Tuesday and posted a close – but solid – special election victory for the 142nd Assembly District as a Democrat running on Republican and Conservative lines, defeating Democrat Patrick B. Burke. Bohen, 35, a Buffalo special education teacher, beat Burke – an Erie County legislator – 52 to 48 percent (5,831 to 5,293 votes) with 100 perce…

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Polls are open until 9 p.m. Tuesday for a special election in the 142nd Assembly District, pitting Patrick B. Burke against Erik T. Bohen. Burke, the endorsed Democrat, is also running on the Working Families and Reform lines. But Bohen is running an unusual campaign as a Democrat running with Republican, Conservative and Independence support. He promises to remain a De…

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When Rep. Brian Higgins first questioned plans for expanding Metro Rail to Amherst back in February, Western New York’s power structure didn’t exactly rally to his side. New York State, Erie County, the University at Buffalo and business groups all say the $1.2 billion proposal to extend light rail to UB's North Campus and beyond would provide needed links between the c…

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It could be said that the 2018 contest for governor is beginning to take shape. It could also be said the shape is one big blob. Things began devolving last weekend when the Working Families Party convened its state committee in Albany. The left-leaning band was heading toward dissolving its long marriage with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, prompting him late on Friday the 13th …

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The talk surrounding next week's special election in the heavily Democratic 142nd Assembly District hearkens to 2012, when Democrat Michael P. Kearns ran on Republican and Conservative lines and stunned the experts by defeating endorsed Democrat Christopher J. Fahey. This time, endorsed Democrat Patrick B. Burke, who is also backed by the Working Families and Reform par…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo pronounced a strong endorsement of Kathy Hochul’s political skills Thursday – for the House of Representatives. But when asked at the University at Buffalo Medical School about whether she would continue as his lieutenant governor, Cuomo was less enthusiastic. “Nothing has changed from my point of view. Yeah,” he said. “It’s up to Kathy.” Foll…

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Democrats in the Amherst-based 146th Assembly District on Wednesday nominated attorney Karen M. McMahon as their candidate against Republican incumbent Raymond W. Walter in November. The move ends the potential for a Democratic primary featuring Susan J. Grelick after the former Amherst supervisor said Thursday that the possibility of a Democratic takeover of the Senate p…

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Weekend efforts to coax Democrat Nathan D. McMurray out of his congressional race in favor of Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul have apparently failed. Two sources close to the situation said associates of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo placed a flurry of phone calls on Sunday exploring the switch, but McMurray said Monday he is staying in the race against Republican incumbent Chris Collins …

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A new political landscape is taking shape in New York State following the weekend endorsement of actress-activist Cynthia Nixon for governor by the Working Families Party, the left-leaning group that traditionally stands with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The fracture in the long-standing partnership between Democrats and the labor-oriented party creates the potential for Nixon…

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Somewhere deep in the recesses of the Department of Political Jargon, a semi-learned person of the past invented the term “mid-term elections,” destined to dominate biannual discussions for all time. The wordsmith theorized contests staged outside the quadrennial elections for president somehow ranked less in importance, relegating them to minor status. But the mid-t…

The first test of the 2018 gubernatorial election could take place in Albany on Saturday at a meeting of the state’s Working Families Party, a tiny but influential band possibly poised to assume a major influence in November. The minor party, an amalgam of union and progressive interests that appeals to left-leaning Democrats, was considering an early choice between the…

Rep. Chris Collins may face an opponent in the Republican congressional primary for the 27th District on June 26. Frank C. Smierciak II filed petitions with the state Board of Elections indicating his desire to face the incumbent Collins, though he must survive any challenges. Collins’ Democratic opponent, Grand Island Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray, asked Collins to …

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New York Republicans have looked across the aisle in search of a candidate to challenge Democratic incumbent Thomas P. DiNapoli for state comptroller this year. Jonathan Trichter, a Democratic campaign operative who has worked for top Democratic candidates like former Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer and New York City mayoral candidate Mark J. Green, announced he will seek the GOP…

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When local Republicans invited three gubernatorial hopefuls to debate at Daemen College back on Feb. 10, they felt they had scored a minor coup. The candidates then seeking to challenge incumbent Andrew Cuomo had not yet appeared together or really become serious about their intentions. But Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy for the first time convened former Erie…