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Gov. David A. Paterson will give his State of the State address at 1 p.m. today. The state's current budget mess and upcoming gubernatorial election ensure that the address to lawmakers will be closely watched. BuffaloNews.com will have live coverage of the governor's speech, with Tom Precious reporting from Albany throughout the day and Robert J. McCarthy chatti…

Get real-time results from Erie and Niagara counties here at The News' Election Live page.The polls have closed, but News Staff Reporter Patrick Lakamp continues to host a live chat, discussing the night's major races with The News' team of reporters and taking your questions. It's also happening at the Election Live page. And keep that Election Li…

The News' Election Night coverage is now under way here at the Election Live page.News Staff Reporter Patrick Lakamp is hosting a live chat, where he'll be discussing the night's major races with The News' team of reporters, and he'll be taking your questions.And keep that Election Live page open throughout the night. That's where you'…

Follow Election Night tonight with the latest results and the most in-depth coverage with Election Live at www.buffalonews.com. •Beginning at 6:30 p.m., join a live chat hosted by News Staff Reporter Patrick Lakamp, featuring updates and insight from The News' team of reporters covering every major race locally. •Once the polls close at 9 p.m., get up-to-the-minu…

   Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was scheduled to meet with State Republican Chairman Joe Mondello today, and by all accounts, the parley could have major consequences for the future of the embattled party.    With Mondello's support for his three-year chairmanship still strong in his Nassau County home turf, it is nevertheless withering arou…

      The Western New York Chapter of the Working Families Party originally planned to support Democratic incumbent Timothy M. Wroblewski for the County Legislature's 9th District this year.   But Wroblewski's vote to uphold County Executive Chris Collins' veto of a measure to establish a countywide planning board has …

   Republican Timothy B. Howard, seeking his second term as Erie County sheriff, picked up two key law enforcement endorsements on Thursday.   Howard was backed by the Erie County Sheriff's Police Benevolent Association (road patrol) and the state troopers' Police Benevolent Association.     Police endorsements are consider…

   The strange saga of the State Supreme Court seat once held by former Justice Joseph G. Makowski continues.   Erie County Democratic Chairman Leonard R. Lenihan said this week that Gov. David A. Paterson's office has informed him there will be no interim appointment to replace Makowski on the local Supreme Court bench. As…

   Mayor Byron W. Brown has some extremely close associations with people involved in the potential Republican takeover of the State Senate.   First, Brown was a Democratic member of the upper house in Albany before he was elected mayor in 2005.   Second, coup instigator B. Thomas Golisano -- owner of the Buffalo Sabres -- is a Brown supporter…

   Maurice L. Garner, one of Buffalo's best known political operatives and a close associate of Mayor Byron W. Brown, has joined Bolton-St. Johns Inc., one of Albany's top lobbying firms.   Bolton-St. John's spokesman Edward Draves said Friday that Garner will assist the firm with existing clients and new business development.  …

 WASHINGTON — It wasn't often that you saw Bill Paxon or Tom Reynolds standing next to a Democratic congressman at a press conference — but their successor has done just that twice in the last two months.    In other words, Rep. Chris Lee, the Clarence businessman turned Republican congressman, isn't exactly following the footsteps of his predecess…

      Erie County Democrats are searching for a candidate for sheriff this year, and by all accounts, it's a tough sell.   That's because the $79,000 salary for the post has not been raised in 20 years, and by law, cannot be raised in a year when taxes are hiked. And in 2009, county taxes increased.   For most people, …

   'Tis the season for fundraising.   The festivities get under way when Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos of Rockville Center makes the local rounds tonight. Following an airport press conference, Skelos will make the required appearance before the Conservative Party's annual bash at Lucarelli's Banquet Center in Lackawanna. He then hea…

   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…