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The Cuomo campaign today unveiled two new ads -- and one of them aims straight for Paladino's, well, cojones. The ad highlights highlights a $1.4 million deal Paladino got under the state's Empire Zone program in which he ended up creating one job. Quoting Bill Hammond of the New York Daily News, the ad says Paladino -- who rents offices to the state -- "got…

Carl P. Paladino's adventures in the e-mail world will apparently haunt him throughout his Republican campaign for governor. Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-Bronx, has resurrected the racist and pornographic e-mails that Paladino has acknowledged forwarding to friends. After Westchester County Republicans dropped their support for congressional candidate Jim Russell this week …

Andrew Cuomo is the "dirtiest, nastiest political player out there," former Gov. Eliot Spitzer declared today on national television, in a stunning public attack of the fellow Democrat. In an interview on CNN, Spitzer issued a harsh rhetorical assessment of Cuomo's political abilities and personality. Spitzer faulted Cuomo for running a Rose Garden campaign and said he nee…

Newspapers across the state are learning what The Buffalo News has known for months: that Republican Carl Paladino is in the awkward position of running against Albany while earning millions as one of its biggest landlords.Back in April, The News was the first to report that Paladino holds half of the 52 leases the state has in Erie and Niagara counties, and the Buffalo bu…

Western New York is Paladino country. We all know that, but a new poll suggests that if the election were limited to our region, Republican Carl Paladino would win big.A new SurveyUSA poll released Wednesday found the Buffalo businessman with a 22-point lead -- 58 percent to 36 percent -- over Democrat Andrew Cuomo among likely voters in Western New York.Paladino also can …

The latest Siena poll, which has Andrew Cuomo leading Carl Paladino by 33 points, may ease some nerves among Cuomo loyalists, but there are some who think the attorney general's Rose Garden strategy is chock full of risks. One of them is Assemblyman Sam Hoyt of Buffalo, a longtime Cuomo ally. "Cuomo better damn well take Paladino seriously," Hoyt told the …

The first ticket out of New York State in anticipation of Carl P. Paladino winning the governorship was purchased Wednesday afternoon.A $75 one-way coach ticket aboard Amtrak is reserved under the passenger name of "Sheldon Silver" departing from Albany at 4:50 a.m., Nov. 3 bound for Washington, D.C. The cost of the ticket has been billed to Paladino's Ameri…

ALBANY -- Andrew Cuomo today opened the door to a new phase of his campaign: criticizing Republican Carl Paladino on the issues. While the Democrat said he is not going to respond to "childish taunts" from opponents and will avoid "a name-calling campaign," Cuomo went after Paladino and his plans to sharply cut Medicaid spending. "He talks about cu…

It looks like Carl Paladino's blue-ribbon commission to cut taxes is growing again. Hours after the New York Post reported that economist Larry Kudlow laughed when asked if he would serve on Paladino's commission, Kudlow said on his blog he would be happy to serve. "Let me just clarify: I favor lower taxes," Kudlow wrote on the National Review's We…

Former New York City Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani won't say yet if he's going to endorse Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for governor of New York. Speaking with reporters on a conference call today, Giuliani said Paladino had not yet asked for his support. The former mayor said he did not know Paladino and he would prefer to endorse a Republican -- alth…

Carl P. Paladino keeps saying that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver belongs in prison, so not surprisingly, Silver has some choice thoughts about the renegade Republican candidate for governor -- and what people should do if he wins. Speaking to The Jewish Week in New York, Silver -- in his first public comments on Paladino -- said New Yorkers should "consider moving o…

It looks like Carl Paladino's "blue-ribbon panel" for cutting taxes has left him red in the face. Two of the men the Republican gubernatorial nominee said he would name to the panel, charged with cutting taxes 10 percent in his first year of office, expressed reluctance about serving in that role for a Gov. Paladino. Former State Comptroller Edward V. "…

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino said Tuesday that if elected, he will appoint a four-person panel of experts -- including Erie County Executive Chris Collins -- to help his administration draw up tax-cutting plans.Along with Collins, Paladino will ask former State Comptroller Edward V. "Ned" Regan, former GOP Senate candidate David Malpass and econ…

Gregory J. Edwards says he's running for lieutenant governor.Now he says he's just waiting to find out with whom.The Chautauqua County executive, who beat a candidate sponsored by GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl P. Paladino in last week's primary, said he's just waiting for Conservative candidate Rick Lazio to make up his mind on his future course of a…

Republican State Senate candidate Jack F. Quinn III this morning unveiled a plan to spur economic development in this region by cutting taxes, easing regulations on businesses and giving companies incentives to build and expand here. Quinn, an Assembly member from Hamburg, said he was in favor of smart-growth principles, tax credits to encourage investment in new technolo…