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   One of the wonders of Erie County politics is that it knows no season and has no boundaries.   So it makes all kinds of sense that Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo, is already raising funds for 2010. And it also figures that he went all the way to Manhattan to stage his latest fund raiser.   Indeed, Hoyt reports his campaign took in about $3…

The State Senate has ordered a freeze on hiring and salary increases ... except for a few people it wants to hire.  Democrats are going forward with the new majority office it plans to open in Buffalo. However, the office is expected to be staffed with six new employees, rather than the 10 originally mentioned. Former heavyweight boxer Joe Mesi, unsuccessful in his tr…

   Anybody who doesn't think the 2010 statewide elections are not under way was not making the rounds around Buffalo on Saturday.   Not only did Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand make the traditional visit required of all politicians to the Broadway Market, she was joined by Rep. Steve Israel of Long Island, a member of the powerful Appropriations Committ…

   Tom Golisano's Responsible New York is back in action.    The political committee run by the billionaire owner of the Buffalo Sabres has mailed thousands of fliers to the Assembly constituents of Sam Hoyt of Buffalo, Francine DelMonte of Lewiston and Susan John of suburban Rochester assailing recent votes enabling the "sweep" of $…

   County Executive Chris Collins hosted a few hundred of his closest friends Friday night at the Adam's Mark Hotel, and raked in about $300,000 in campaign funds too.   The Republican held a major fundraiser that by all measures ranked as a success.   It all means things are going well politically for the rookie politician. Knowledg…

   WASHINGTON — Few will argue that as a candidate for president, Sen. Barack H. Obama had a lot of the print and establishment television media in his corner. Lately, a lot of their employers are fallen on hard times and layoffs and payroll trims loom.    The organization that best represents this media group is the 65-member Gridiron Club, which …

   South Council Member Mickey Kearns was slated to gather friends and supporters together in the Irish Center in South Buffalo Friday night, and it won't be practice for St. Patrick's Day.    The prospective mayoral candidate will hold a $25-per-person fund raiser with an eye toward mounting a full-fledged campaign later this y…

   Just about everyone who observes Erie County politics is asking the same question: What will Tom Reynolds do after retiring from a 35-year elective career?    At 58, the former Concord councilman, county legislator, assemblyman and congressman has lots of years ahead to participate in the political process. And those who know him and his passion for …

   WASHINGTON — In the U.S. Senate, for Western New York, this is what bipartisanship looks like:    — The elimination of $242 million in federal stimulus aid for the University at Buffalo.    — The elimination of $130.5 million in school construction funding for Western New York and the Southern Tier.    — The elimination of $25 bil…

 Gov. David Paterson has now said that one of his campaign staffers leaked the catty and unsubstantiated  reasons about why Caroline Kennedy dropped her bid  for becoming New York's next senator. Now, the leaks may prompt more investigations, to see if the information came from confidential questionnaires that the Senate hopefuls filled out for the gove…

   These are not exactly happy days for New York State's Republican Party.   The once-vibrant GOP is not immune to the troubles plaguing the national party, as it has watched Democrats assume the jobs of governor, comptroller, attorney general, Assembly speaker, Senate majority leader and both U.S. senator posts in recent years. …

Told that FBI officials admitted they had a hard time unlocking the secret codes of how the New York state Legislature does  business, a longtime legislative lawyer burst out laughing.    "No kidding?" the lawyer said, before boasting of the legal abilities of legislative staffs that have made impenetrable how Albany operates … from the state budge…

   WASHINGTON -- You might have thought Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand's celebration of her first day in office would have featured a dance where she kept moving to the left, but that wasn't really the case.    Shortly after being sworn in to replace former Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gillibrand, D-Greenport, said she would represent the ent…

   WASHINGTON -- Among the Democrats in the House, there's this group that calls itself the "Blue Dogs," but they're really more red than blue, if red is the Republican color.    Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand of the Hudson Valley is one of them -- and now she's about to become New York's junior senator.    Gillibrand ma…

   That Caroline Kennedy withdrew from  consideration for the U.S. Senate was surprise enough for the state's political world.    That people close to Paterson would so sharply criticize Kennedy -- while revealing  embarrassing issues about her personal life -- took things one step further. Even to grizzled Democratic insiders, well acc…