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ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tapped three people to serve on the board of the state's chief ethics agency that oversees everything from the conduct of current and former state workers to the activities of Albany's large lobbying industry. Here's the release his office just put out: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the following appointments to the…

ALBANY –- Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a relative breather from the fundraising circuit since his November election, but he still has a campaign warchest of $4.2 million. The Democratic governor’s campaign today reported with the state elections board that it raised $218,000 in the period between Nov. 25 and Jan. 14. It spent $1 million during the period. The $4.2 mill…

ALBANY –- Which is more painful? Root canal or closing a $10 billion budget gap? Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t closed the fiscal red ink yet, but he now knows what an un-fun experience a root canal procedure can be. Cuomo had the dental surgery, with local anesthetic, on Monday. The Cuomo administration Tuesday wasn’t keen on providing much in the way of information –- like eve…

A House vote to repeal health-care reform highlights the week ahead in Washington, D.C. I spoke with Buffalo News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski about what's happening in the nation's capital. In addition to Wednesday's expected vote in the House, we also talked national debt, next week's State of the Union and a few other things. Listen to our conversation: …

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Incumbent Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, left, talks with former RNC official Maria Cino as they participate in a debate between chairmanship candidates of the RNC, co-sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform and the Daily Caller, at the National Press Club on Jan. 3 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images) In what one wag likened to a papal conclave -- mixe…

   WASHINGTON  -- House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday endorsed North Buffalo native Maria Cino in her race to chair the Republican National Committee for the next two years, saying she "knows what it takes to win."   Boehner, the most powerful elected Republican in the country, also planned to hold a reception tonight for Cino and the 16…

Albany -- It's the incident that keeps on giving, apparently. You'll recall the Carl Paladino run-in with the New York Post's Fred Dicker last fall at a Lake George resort before the then-GOP candidate for governor was to address the Business Council of New York State? Now, the reporters at the Capitol who put on the annual Legislative Correspondents Associa…

    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand is traveling on Air Force One with President Obama this afternoon to attend tonight's memorial service for the victims of the Saturday shooting in Tuscon that killed six and wounded 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.     Gillibrand, a close friend of Giffords, will also visit the…

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Reporters wanted to know: Does Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, believe in any limits on gun ownership? In wake of Saturday's shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, Reed just wasn't saying. In a conference call on Tuesday, Reed, in his second month in Congress, repeatedly fended off questions about gun control with a refrain he kept repeating, with s…

ALBANY –- State Senate Democrats had two years in power to pass meaningful ethics reform measures. Now, a week out of power, they are stepping up efforts to pressure Republicans now in control to approve measures rejected over the past two years when they controlled the 62-member Senate. “Keep your promise,’’ Senate Minority Leader John Sampson repeated several t…

ALBANY –- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he had no role and offered no support to a breakaway group of four State Senate Democrats who last week likely made his job of dealing with the Senate a little bit easier. Four Democrats formed what they called an independent caucus in the Senate, which is now narrowly controlled 32-30 by the Republicans, saying they had lost faith in th…

The shooting of Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a rampage that claimed six lives Saturday, shook the souls of everyone who serves the public in this say-anything era. That’s because what happened in Tucson could happen anywhere, at any time -– and because the devolution in discourse in America in recent years might just make it more likely to happen. It…

ALBANY -- In his second "team" problem-solving panel for the day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo this afternoon named the members of a group to brainstorm ways to reduce the number of state-imposed mandates on local governments and school districts. The mandates, at least those ones required by Albany but with no financial help to pay for them, are costly drivers of local pro…

ALBANY -- Members of a Medicaid cost-cutting panel were unveiled this afternoon by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a downstate-dominated group of health care executives, union leaders, lawmakers and business leaders. The Medicaid Redesign Team has several Western New York members, including Assemblyman Joe Giglio, a Republican from the 149th Assembly district who is an appointee of the…