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   Erie County -- land of political hyperbole.   That might be the new reputation for this part of the world after County Executive Chris Collins issued several "interesting observations" a few months ago that riled up the New York political world, followed today by Republican gubernatorial hopeful Carl P. Paladino.   Politico&#…

Today's meeting of Conservative Party leaders in Brooklyn could prove more interesting than once thought. That's what happens when a state Republican Party chairman endorses a Democrat for governor, which is what state GOP Chairman Edward F. Cox did on Friday. Also, Republican Carl P. Paladino of Buffalo, who is slated to announce for governor on April 5, just …

Gov. David Paterson played coy this morning in a radio interview about whether he still might want to run for governor this year. "I wanted to run for governor," Paterson said on the "Imus in the Morning" show broadcast from a Manhattan restaurant this morning. Paterson, fielding a question from the show's host about "rumors" he might run…

   "If I run, it's not going to be against any particular candidate," said Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy. File photo by Associated Press ALBANY -- Hoping to capture a spark that some Republicans say has been lacking in gubernatorial contender Rick Lazio's campaign, Steve Levy, a registered Democrat, took his why-not-me message to GOP leaders in Albany o…

Eric J.J. Massa's retirement announcement and subsequent statements have caused a flurry of activity over the past few days. File photo by Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News Former Corning Mayor Thomas Reed is emerging as the top Republican candidate to succeed retiring Rep. Eric J.J. Massa, D-Corning, according to several GOP sources. Reed, who has been campaigning for …

   What could prove one of the hottest congressional races in the nation may be developing in the Southern Tier and Rochester suburbs.   A gaggle of Republicans and Democrats are suddenly lining up to succeed Rep. Eric J.J. Massa,  D-Corning, who shocked the political world this week by announcing he will not run for a second te…

ALBANY -- The most powerful African-American in the State Legislature said today he will not attend a meeting of black Democratic leaders in Harlem tonight, and advises them against backing any effort to get Gov. David A. Paterson to immediately resign. "We have one governor. There is no need for resignation," said Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sa…

Erie County Republican Chairman James P. Domagalski. Photo by Derek Gee / Buffalo News Erie County Republican Chairman James P. Domagalski has invited a few hundred of his closest friends to the airport Holiday Inn on Wednesday night for the first fund raiser he has ever hosted for himself. And though the chairman says the affair is meant to supply him with some s…

   Mayor Byron W. Brown joined Harold E. Ford Jr. at Chef's Restaurant last month. Photo by Derek Gee / Buffalo News Harold, we hardly knew ye. Well, perhaps that's not surprising, given that Harold E. Ford Jr. (D-Tennesee, for the most part) officially became a New York resident the year before he started testing the waters for a Democratic primary …

  The departure of Buffalo's Denise E. O'Donnell from two top criminal justice posts in the Paterson administration serves as more than a statement of moral outrage — though that's certainly part of it.It also allows O'Donnell to pursue her long-held dream of running for attorney general.The former U.S. attorney for Western New York, …

New York Gov. David A. Paterson, left, and aide David Johnson, whose role is mentioned in today's New York Times story. Associated Press file photo It was the newspaper account, before its writers even finished reporting the story, that was to “bring down’’ Gov. David Paterson, and likely – if media blogs were to believed – even force an immediate resignation…

Watch Gov. David A. Paterson's State of the State Address in this live video and chat live about the speech with Buffalo News political reporter Robert J. McCarthy. Watch live streaming video from nysenate at livestream.com <a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php?option=com_mobile&task=viewaltcast&altcast_code=7f4a5d8233" >Governo…

Gov. David A. Paterson will give his State of the State address at 1 p.m. today. The state's current budget mess and upcoming gubernatorial election ensure that the address to lawmakers will be closely watched. BuffaloNews.com will have live coverage of the governor's speech, with Tom Precious reporting from Albany throughout the day and Robert J. McCarthy chatti…

Get real-time results from Erie and Niagara counties here at The News' Election Live page.The polls have closed, but News Staff Reporter Patrick Lakamp continues to host a live chat, discussing the night's major races with The News' team of reporters and taking your questions. It's also happening at the Election Live page. And keep that Election Li…

The News' Election Night coverage is now under way here at the Election Live page.News Staff Reporter Patrick Lakamp is hosting a live chat, where he'll be discussing the night's major races with The News' team of reporters, and he'll be taking your questions.And keep that Election Live page open throughout the night. That's where you'…