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ALBANY -– And then there were three. That’s the number of books in the works about Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with the latest one being authored by someone who should know him best: Andrew Cuomo. Just in time for the White House speculation frenzy in 2016, Cuomo is planning to release an autobiography –- presumably this one is the “authorized’’ version of his life -– in 2014.…

New Yorkers are familiar with the big names on the front lines of the state's political battles. So here's a primer on the other power brokers -- the negotiators, number crunchers, map makers, advisers -- who get things done and wield considerable influence, out of the spotlight. ALBANY -- There are Cuomo, Skelos, Silver. Then there are people with names like Coyne…

Each Saturday on the Politics Now blog you'll find a list of stories that caught the eyes of The News' political reporters. Here's a sampling of what they were reading in recent weeks: "Part-Time Required Hours For Some Full-Time Legislative Staffers," by Kenneth Lovett, the New York Daily News' Daily Politics blog. Calling it one of…

Resumes for the open South District seat on the Buffalo Common Council will be taken through 5 p.m. Monday, Council President Richard A. Fontana said today. The original deadline for the second round of the search, announced earlier this week by Majority Leader Demone A. Smith, was today at 5 p.m. So far, a total of five additional people have filed resumes seeking the app…

   Justin Rooney, a Newstead councilman for the past six years, is talking to Democratic leaders about challenging Republican incumbent Michael H. Ranzenhofer of Williamsville for the State Senate this fall.    Rooney said he has all but decided to enter the race, and expects to make an official announcement soon.    A suit adjudicator for Gei…

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The Buffalo News is the only Western New York news organization with its own full-time reporter, Tom Precious, in Albany -- relentlessly keeping tabs on how taxpayer money is spent and shedding light, every day, on how decisions are really being made. On Sunday, Precious offers an in-depth report on the largely unknown players driving politics, policy and money at the Cap…

ALBANY –- Former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno was reindicted by a federal grand jury on corruption charges, two years after his conviction in a similar case was set aside after the U.S. Supreme Court restricted prosecutions involving the "honest services" law. Bruno appeared at a federal courthouse in Albany today, and his attorneys vowed a vigorous d…

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   You might think the parade of top Democrats into Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's big fundraiser at the Lafayette Hotel Wednesday would have included the Erie County Democratic chairman.    After all, Leonard R. Lenihan heads upstate New York's largest concentration of Democrats. And you would have to believe the party's connections would …

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A couple weeks ago, questions arose about whether one of Council President Richard A. Fontana's staff members met the residency requirement to be appointed to the vacant South Council seat. After it came to light that Bryan J. Bollman passed elections petitions for his boss that said he lived in Lovejoy instead of South, Fontana said he would be asking for a legal opi…

As part of a regular weekly feature on the Politics Now blog, Tom Precious of The News' Albany Bureau posts an audio interview with a newsmaker from the Capitol.  ----- ALBANY -– As politicians in Albany like to say, we are all one state. In that theme, take heart Buffalo Sabres fans, but today we talk to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Not about efforts afoot t…

   It's not hard to miss Antoine M. Thompson these days -- that's because the former Democratic state senator from Buffalo is everywhere.    Whether it's looking very "senatorial" at last month's St. Patrick's Day parade, or as recently as his Tuesday appearance before the County Legislature's Economic Development…

With no existing candidate garnering enough votes, the Common Council is again accepting applicants for the vacant South District seat. "We want to open it up and see if there's anybody out there who's palatable to everybody," Majority Leader Demone A. Smith said this afternoon. Interested persons must submit a letter and resume to the City Clerk's…

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Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email. Delaware Council Member Michael J. LoCurto speaks during a Feb. 7 meeting of the Buffalo Common Council.…

ALBANY – It’s only three paragraphs long, but a letter today from the U.S. Justice Department is making Republicans giddy over their prospects of holding onto control of the state Senate. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said in correspondence to a lawyer for Senate Republicans that the Justice Department “does not interpose any objection” to the GOP plan to add a 6…