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ALBANY -- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver initially said he was not trying to send a message when he kept Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, the longtime chairman of the economic development committee, off a legislative panel considering the budget's economic development plans. "No, no message at all," Silver said Tuesday. And then he sent a message. "We ha…

ALBANY -- A labor-led coalition is starting up a new radio ad campaign Wednesday in the Buffalo area targeting Sen. Mark Grisanti to get them to back an income tax surcharge on millionaires. Strong for All Economy, whose members include the AFL-CIO and unions representing teachers, health care workers and other public and private sector unionized employees, …

ALBANY -- State University of New York trustees are expected to pass a tuition hike plan later today, though the mood among some legislators make the request a tall order. The plan this morning passed a finance committee panel of the SUNY trustees. Here is the draft proposal from SUNY:              …

ALBANY -- The scheduled Senate confirmation of the Cuomo administration’s top economic development official was postponed this morning. Kenneth Adams, tapped by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to become president and chief executive officer of the Empire State Development Corp., has to put off his appearance before three Senate confirmation committees before an expected full Senate v…

ALBANY -- Looks like the Cuomo administration will have its economic development czar approved on Tuesday, if a peak at the Senate committee agendas is a good guide. Kenneth Adams, the former head of the Business Council of New York State, is on the agenda of three Senate panels –- economic development, corporations and authorities, and finance -– Tuesday morning…

 ALBANY –- All is OK in the aftermath of the dust-up created Wednesday by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s smack at Buffalo, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. "I believe Mayor Bloomberg apologized for it. I’m sure Mayor Brown will accept it," Cuomo said today. "We’re one state at the end of the day. We work together, and both mayors will work to…

Brian Meyer, The News' City Hall reporter, talked about the citizens' panel — in the wake of its interim chairman's arrest — offering suggestions about police reorganization this morning as a guest of Eileen Buckley on WBFO-FM 88.7: Download the clip and take it with you

   Gary Berntsen, the former CIA station chief in Afghanistan who unsucessfully sought the GOP nomination for Senate last year, is coming out big-time for Iraq War veteran David Bellavia's bid for an independent line in the upcoming 26th Congressional District special election.    In fact, Berntsen has appealed to fellow veterans in the most&#…

   Representatives of two potential independent candidates for the 26th Congressional District -- Jack Davis and David Bellavia -- have begun collecting designating petition signatures for the seat vacated by Republican Chris Lee.    Aides to Davis were spotted at a local supermarket, while Bellavia gave the strongest sign to date th…

ALBANY – Freshman Sen. Mark Grisanti says there’s nothing to apologize for remarks he made about gay marriage, and that a Senate colleague took his critique out of context. Grisanti on a public radio show this week outlined his opposition to a gay marriage measure, noting, in part, that the term “marriage’’ has been around thousands of years and is between a man and woman.…

   If you're wondering how Democrats will portray Republican Jane L. Corwin in her bid for the 26th Congressional District, officials of the state party gave a pretty good indication today.    "Wall street banker and Albany politician" is how state Democratic Chairman Jay S. Jacobs began his first comment on the Clarence assemblywoman. &#…

Gasoline prices. Budget Battles. Unrest in Libya. It all has a fallout in Washington. The News' Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski talks this week about debate over whether the United States should tap into its strategic petroleum reserve, how the nation's leaders are responding to calls for a "no-fly zone" in Libya and why the battle over the budget is likely to drag o…

A top aide to County Executive Chris Collins is leaving the Rath County Office Building to join Assemblywoman Jane L. Corwin's Republican campaign for Congress. Christopher M. Grant, Collins' chief of staff and principal political strategist, began an unpaid leave of absence from the administration on Monday, Collins said. "Chris is a dedicated and valuable …

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ALBANY -- It's been one of the most anticipated nominations, at least by upstate business interests. Julie Shimer has been nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be his chair of the Empire State Development Corp., the state's chief jobs creation agency that has the dual role of both retaining and attracting companies to the the state. Here's the release from Cuom…

Carl P. Paladino's campaign stiffed about a dozen consultants, vendors and staff members for some $130,000 in salaries, fees and expenses, according to numerous veterans of his failed gubernatorial bid. They are pressing for payment from a campaign committee, Paladino for the People, that is deep in debt. Public records show the committee has a balance of only $5,305…