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Timothy M. Kennedy's campaign for State Senate is getting a boost from Kelly Cline, a West Seneca mother who became an advocate for laws banning texting while driving after her son was killed in a 2007 crash. Cline has recorded a phone message backing the South Buffalo Democrat in his race against Republican Assemblyman Jack F. Quinn III of Hamburg for …

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito Jr. will serve as Western New York's district election officer for next Tuesday's election. Anyone who wishes to report complaints of election fraud or voter rights abuses can contact Ippolito at 843-5843 or the Buffalo FBI office at 856-7800, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said. -- Dan Herbeck

ALBANY -- A sure sign the campaigns are coming to an end? Big-gun endorsements are rolling out. This morning, former Gov. Hugh Carey endorsed Andrew Cuomo for governor. Carey, first elected in 1974, was a two-term governor of New York. The endorsement by Carey shows time, in politics, can heal wounds. Andrew Cuomo's father, Mario, served as lieute…

ALBANY -- In today's what-goes-around-comes-around entry, we have the following from the state Republican Party. The GOP, tasting blood after last week's damaging inspector general report about a scandal involving a number of top Democrats in the bidding for a big downstate casino, is trying to see if Sen. Eric Schneiderman had any involvement in the process. Sch…

ALBANY -- If Carl Paladino is worried about the polls showing him trailing badly to Andrew Cuomo, they are not keeping him from opening his wallet. The Buffalo businessman today gave his gubernatorial campaign $1.7 million to help fund a last-minute media blitz before the November 2 elections. The filing was among the money rush flooding into candidates across the state th…

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…