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Erie County Republican chairman James P. Domagalski announced his candidacy for the State Senate seat, long held by Dale Volker, at a news conference this morning at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Buffalo.

There was lots of chit-chat in political lairs over the past few weeks about the possibility of a rare three-way Republican primary for the 59th Senate District seat now held by veteran Dale M. Volker.And while that talk died down over the weekend following Volker's decision to end his 38-year career in Albany, it is revived this morning …

ALBANY -- Rick Lazio, who struggled to capture the backing of some traditional upstate areas in his 2000 U.S. Senate race, has spent much time upstate over the past year wooing the region's Republicans in his quest for the party's gubernatorial nomination. So it was curious today when Lazio unveiled a panel of 21 scholars, businessmen and others to advise his ca…

New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino forwarded an e-mail titled "This explains why I forward jokes, and it says it all" to undisclosed recipients Saturday. In recent weeks, Paladino's fowarding of controversial e-mails had come to light. Below is the e-mail forwarded Saturday: From: Carl Paladino [mailto:CPaladino@ellicottdevelopment.com]…

ALBANY -- Gulp. Just how bad was New York's economy last year? Consider the steadiest economy in Albany next to the state work force: its lobbying industry. For only the second time since 1978, the amount of money paid to lobbyists declined in 2009 from the previous year, as those who get paid to influence everyone from the governor to the legislators saw a dip i…

 When a Steny Hoyer staffer was told of the allegations against Eric Massa in February, the majority leader's office told Massa's office to report the concerns to the House Ethics Committee within 48 hours, or else Hoyer would do so himself.WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer today scoffed at any comparison of the Eric Massa scandal with the do…

Carl Paladino has Albany in his cross hairs. And a lot of its money in his cash register. Paladino is state government's biggest landlord in Western New York, holding half of the 52 leases the state has taken out on offices in Erie and Niagara counties, a Buffalo News analysis shows. Albany's rent payments to Paladino this year will total $5.1 million. His compan…

Buffalo's Carl Paladino steps into the New York City lion's den tonight when he holds an "Ask Carl" town meeting at a Staten Island hotel.And it is apparent that the Republican gubernatorial hopeful will need to repair an image already damaged by the revelation that he forwarded a string of pornographic and racially degrading e-mails to a large circle o…

   Racism. Bestiality. Porn.    Any one of those three might be enough to end a political career -- but with his emails to someone who obviously didn't find them amusing, it seems Carl Paladino has hit the trifecta.    Needless to say, if you send around emails that show the president dressed like a pimp and a woman with a disturbing fond…

The state's finances are heading south. School districts and hospitals want to know how much state aid will be reduced in the coming year. The government has been running on an emergency basis since the fiscal year began April 1 without a budget in place.   So, this is what has preoccupied the branches of government the past 48 hours: how to keep …

  Did a weekend away from each other make the sides at the state Capitol more willing to cut a deal on the stalled budget? Hardly. The Legislature's most powerful Democrat ratcheted up his rhetorical wars against Democratic Gov. David Paterson, saying the governor is relying on old numbers to base his attacks against lawmakers for not cutting enough spendin…

Well, it's a bit closer to upstate. The New York Democratic Party, whose top government leaders are all from New York City, reconsidered things Thursday and decided against holding their nominating convention next month in midtown Manhattan.The new venue: a hotel in the Westchester County community of Rye Brook, near the Connecticut border, yet a short drive from the …

It was Syracuse's turn Wednesday to be introduced to Buffalo's Carl Paladino, the attorney and developer who is making a splash on the statewide political scene in his newly announced campaign for governor. Here is a look at today's story in the Syracuse Post-Standard. Charles McChesney writes: Paladino, a lawyer and real estate developer from Buffalo, met …

   Now the rest of New York State gets to meet Carl Paladino, the "mad as hell" attorney and developer from Buffalo who is running for governor.   After announcing his Republican and Conservative candidacy before a raucous crowd of around 600 in Ellicott Square Monday evening, Paladino boarded a bus and to meet with Albany reporters today…

   For months, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo has made nary a peep about any job other than the one he has.    But a whole lot of Democrats wishing to succeed him think he's running for governor, and most of them have joined the parade through Buffalo.    The latest to test Western New York's political waters is Sean…