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ALBANY -- Former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano was at the state Capitol today pressing his new cause: replacing the Electoral College with a popular-vote system for presidential elections. Golisano, a billionaire former Rochester businessman, is part of a national group with efforts under way at dozens of statehouses to alter the way presidents are elected. V…

ALBANY -– New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the Senate Republicans prime campaign bankrollers over the years, came to the Capitol Tuesday to try to convince a handful of “fence sitters’’ to back a stalled gay marriage rights bill. But one of the Republican mayor’s targeted senators -- Sen. Mark Grisanti, a Buffalo Republican –- said he has not changed hi…

On WBFO-FM 88.7 this morning, News City Hall reporter Brian Meyer talked about recent City of Buffalo matters to arise — including the indictment of a former Common Council member. Download the audio and take it with you

    WASHINGTON -- One of the capital's most respected political prognosticators shifted gears today, saying the race for Congress in New York's 26th District is tilting toward Democrat Kathleen C. Hochul.     The Rothenberg Political Report, which had the district leaning toward Republican Jane Corwin, switched its rating for th…

It appears at least one more debate will take place in the contest for the 26th Congressional District before the May 24 special election. WXXI public television in Rochester will host a faceoff between Republican Jane L. Corwin and Democrat Kathleen C. Hochul on Wednesday for later broadcast, according to News Director Julie Philipp. She said that while Corwin and Hochul …

The Erie County Republican Committee is claiming one of its volunteers got into a confrontation with Congressional candidate Jack Davis on Wednesday in Greece. Here's the video the GOP put on Youtube: WGRZ-TV caught the aftermath of the alleged altercation, which you can see starting at the 2:30 mark of this video: --Aaron Besecker

 Candidates Jane Corwin, left, and Kathy Hochul share a smile during this morning's debate. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News) 9:46: After only 45 minutes, what's likely to be the only debate in the race in New York's 26th congressional district has ended. 9:45: And in her closing statement, Corwin stresses her fight for the Flight 3407 families, Delphi retiree…

   Congresswoman Louise Slaughter made it clear Wednesday: she is firmly behind Democrat Kathy Hochul's bid for the 26th Congressional District and has committed her own campaign volunteers to the cause.   After Saturday's editions of The Buffalo News pointed to the slew of Republican bigwigs campaigning for Republican Jane Corwin and question…

   Tea Party congressional candidate Jack Davis now has the support of a well known Iraq War veteran who almost was a contender for the vacant seat himself.    David Bellavia, whose attempt to qualify for the ballot as an independent was disqualified by the state Board of Elections, said today he will back Davis during a rally for veterans tonight in th…

    WASHINGTON -- The National Republican Congressional Committee this morning said it would get heavily involved in trying to help Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, R-Clarence, in her campaign in the May 24 special election in the 26th congressional district.    An NRCC official said its independent expenditure unit -- which does televisio…

   Carl Paladino, the 2010 Republican candidate for governor, is back in the political arena.   The Buffalo developer distributed an e-mail to his long list of recipients today echoing the growing Republican attack on Tea Party candidate Jack Davis in the tight race for the 26th Congressional District.   He even dusted off his familiar "m…

ALBANY -- With the clock ticking toward the end of the 2011 legislative session, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this morning stepped up his rhetorical wars against the Senate and Assembly for, so far, refusing to go along with his plan for an independent watchdog to oversee legislative ethics. In a video put on his government web page, Cuomo says the public should be given more inf…

    WASHINGTON -- American Crossroads, the political committee founded by the political guru nicknamed "Bush's brain," late Tuesday unveiled the ad that will kick off its $650,000 effort to bolster the candidacy of Republican Jane Corwin in the May 24 special election in New York's 26th congressional district.    …