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Assemblyman Jack Quinn III, who is running for a State Senate seat in one of this year's most closely watched local races, Thursday unveiled a plan to trim $8 billion in spending from the state budget. The Hamburg Republican called for cutting funding to government agencies by 20 percent, consolidating redundant state agencies, reducing the Legislature payroll and e…

A little less than three months ago, President Barack Obama drew intense local and national media attention when he stopped by Industrial Support Inc. to spread his message of economic optimism. Today another politician, Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy, drew a slightly smaller crowd to the Depot Street factory to unveil his plan to create jobs. No New York Times. No nat…

Tim Kennedy isn't giving up the Independence Party line without a fight.Kennedy, the Democratic county legislator from South Buffalo, is challenging State Sen. William Stachowski, D-Lake View, in a race where minor party lines can be crucial.Kennedy has the Conservative Party line, and he had the Independence line after Erie County Independence Chairwoman Sandra Geise…

Several GOP sources said today that Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio will not challenge the signatures on party rival Carl P. Paladino's designating petitions -- and Paladino will not challenge Lazio signatures.That means Paladino and Lazio both qualify for the GOP ballot, and the Republican party faces only its second gubernatorial primary in memory -- a…

The top volunteer organization assisting Republican Carl P. Paladino's Republican campaign for governor is acknowledging its difficulties in motivating its troops in the field to collect signatures for designating petitions. But the Paladino camp says "not to worry." It promises Paladino will qualify for the GOP ballot on the July 15 deadline. "We'…

It was a simple economic message that took the national media by storm, thanks to the lucky timing of a presidential visit. Brothers Jeff and Scott Baker rented a billboard along the Niagara Thruway to share this message: "Dear Mr. President: I need a freakin job. Period." (Photo credit: Derek Gee / Buffalo News) The Buffalo News reported on the billboard Wednes…

Republican hopeful Rick Lazio also came to Western New York in February and spoke at Tempo Restaurant. (Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News) It's only May. The election is in November.But that isn't stopping statewide Republicans from waging a full-scale campaign for governor: --Former Rep. Rick Lazio is in town today, connecting with local Republicans in advanc…

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt said Wednesday he would demonstrate "solidarity" with furloughed state workers by laying off his own staff members one day a week.Hoyt made his statement just hours before a federal judge issued a restraining order temporarily blocking the furloughs, which could theoretically still occur pending further legal action.If the furloughs are event…

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…