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ALBANY -- It's getting nasty out there in Democratic and Republican land. The latest round of negativity began Sunday with the release of two new ads by Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo attacking the ethics of people surrounding Republican Carl P. Paladino's gubernatorial campaign. What follows is a Republican Party response to those ads, and then a Democratic Party…

Joe DioGuardi speaks with reporters at this morning's campaign stop in West Seneca. WEST SENECA -- U.S. Senate candidate Joe DioGuardi made a campaign stop at Fitness Factory on Union Road this morning. The Republican challenger, who's running against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, toured the facility and spoke with gym-goers before meeting with reporters. …

ALBANY -- And then there were 10. It might be a bit of a blur for Andrew Cuomo, but today he knocks off six counties from his pledge to touch all of New York's counties before election day. With his tour serving as one of the reasons he is using to not participate in any more debates, Cuomo begins with a morning stop in Herkimer County, before heading to Oneida, then&…

ALBANY -- Andrew Cuomo has many miles to log in the days ahead if he is to meet his pledge -- following in the longtime campaign footsteps of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer -- to hold an event in every county of the state before the Nov. 2 gubernatorial election. Cuomo again cited that pledge Thursday as one of the reasons he says he will be too busy to hold any more debates wi…

A federal judge in Buffalo heard legal arguments Thursday afternoon from a national group that opposes gay marriage and wants to sponsor advertisements supporting Republican Carl P. Paladino for governor. District Judge Richard J. Arcara reserved decision after hearing arguments between Randy Elf, lawyer for the National Organization for Marriage, and Kenneth A. Manning, w…

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani comes to town Thursday to endorse Republican Harry J. Wilson for comptroller during appearances at Erie County Republican Headquarters and a fund-raiser at the Clarence home of Assemblywoman Jane Corwin. And while he stumps locally for Wilson, many will ask why he is not making similar endorsements for Buffalo's Carl P. Paladino -- …

Republican U. S. Senate candidate Joe DioGuardi and Democrat Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand traded charges over ethics and portrayed themselves as opposites on most issues in a debate Friday. Read more on the debate in News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski's Saturday story and listen to audio from the debate here:

HEMPSTEAD -- While the Cuomo campaign kept a low-profile, pre-debate presence, the Republicans were out in force before the candidates took the stage with a beefed-up plea: more debates. “They should be around the state,’’ Edward Cox, the state Republican Party chairman, said of more debates before election day. Speaking to reporters before the 7pm gathering in the s…

HEMPSTEAD – The seating chart is out. The seven candidates will sit in chairs across the stage in the following order: Carl Paladino, Jimmy McMillan, Andrew Cuomo, Charles Barron, Howie Hawkins, Kristin Davis and Warren Redlich. So Cuomo and Paladino are not right next to each other – separated by one – but Cuomo is sitting next to one of his strongest critics. Barro…

Watch Bob McCarthy and listen to Tom Precious preview tonight's seven-candidate gubernatorial debate: Here's the entire audio clip from Precious' preview: Read more on the debate in Precious' article today and also in these Politics Now posts: -Let the spin begin -Final debate preparations under way --Lauren Nicole Mariacher

HEMPSTEAD – The debate spin began hours before the seven candidates even took to the stage, with Team Paladino doing its best to lower expectations. “He’s not a career politician. He hasn’t spent his lifetime preparing for debates,’’ said Greg Edwards, Paladino’s running mate and the Chautauqua County Executive. Meeting with reporters a few hours before the d…

  HEMPSTEAD –- New York’s gubernatorial candidates were taking their first look this afternoon at the stage at Hofstra University for tonight’s much-anticipated debate. Carl Paladino was seen shortly after 1p.m. trying out the chairs -– there are seven of them -– and getting a feel for the cavernous hall that will seat about 1,000 audience members for the 90…

News political columnist Bob McCarthy took a look ahead to tonight's seven-candidate debate during a segment on WNED-AM 970 with host Jay Moran this morning: Click here to download the clip and take it with you

On Oct. 8, The News co-sponsored a debate between the candidates for state attorney general, state Sen. Eric Schneiderman and Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan. News Political Reporter Robert J. McCarthy was on the panel. In case you missed it, here's the complete audio from that forum:

The race for New York governor surely has produced a chuckle or two -- even in Taiwan. NMA News, a Taiwanese web site popular for its wacky animated takes on the Tiger Woods scandal and other tabloid brouhahas, this week drew up a devastating portrait of Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl P. Paladino -- in Mandarin, with subtitles. Called 帕拉迪諾競「懸」…