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   Racism. Bestiality. Porn.    Any one of those three might be enough to end a political career -- but with his emails to someone who obviously didn't find them amusing, it seems Carl Paladino has hit the trifecta.    Needless to say, if you send around emails that show the president dressed like a pimp and a woman with a disturbing fond…

The state's finances are heading south. School districts and hospitals want to know how much state aid will be reduced in the coming year. The government has been running on an emergency basis since the fiscal year began April 1 without a budget in place.   So, this is what has preoccupied the branches of government the past 48 hours: how to keep …

  Did a weekend away from each other make the sides at the state Capitol more willing to cut a deal on the stalled budget? Hardly. The Legislature's most powerful Democrat ratcheted up his rhetorical wars against Democratic Gov. David Paterson, saying the governor is relying on old numbers to base his attacks against lawmakers for not cutting enough spendin…

Well, it's a bit closer to upstate. The New York Democratic Party, whose top government leaders are all from New York City, reconsidered things Thursday and decided against holding their nominating convention next month in midtown Manhattan.The new venue: a hotel in the Westchester County community of Rye Brook, near the Connecticut border, yet a short drive from the …

It was Syracuse's turn Wednesday to be introduced to Buffalo's Carl Paladino, the attorney and developer who is making a splash on the statewide political scene in his newly announced campaign for governor. Here is a look at today's story in the Syracuse Post-Standard. Charles McChesney writes: Paladino, a lawyer and real estate developer from Buffalo, met …

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   Now the rest of New York State gets to meet Carl Paladino, the "mad as hell" attorney and developer from Buffalo who is running for governor.   After announcing his Republican and Conservative candidacy before a raucous crowd of around 600 in Ellicott Square Monday evening, Paladino boarded a bus and to meet with Albany reporters today…

   For months, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo has made nary a peep about any job other than the one he has.    But a whole lot of Democrats wishing to succeed him think he's running for governor, and most of them have joined the parade through Buffalo.    The latest to test Western New York's political waters is Sean…

      ALBANY -- If GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rick Lazio was planning on Senate Republicans roughing up Democrat-turned-Republican Steve Levy, it wasn't happening today at the state Capitol.    Levy, the Suffolk County executive who recently switched parties to run against Lazio, addressed a closed-door meeting of Senate Republicans to out…

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Steve Levy, right, jokes with New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox, center, before announcing his Republican candidacy for New York State governor on Friday in Albany. Photo by Associated Press Democrat-turned-Republican Steve Levy, vying for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, heads to Albany today to court Senate Republicans for his fledgling campaign. Levy is run…

   Erie County -- land of political hyperbole.   That might be the new reputation for this part of the world after County Executive Chris Collins issued several "interesting observations" a few months ago that riled up the New York political world, followed today by Republican gubernatorial hopeful Carl P. Paladino.   Politico&#…

Today's meeting of Conservative Party leaders in Brooklyn could prove more interesting than once thought. That's what happens when a state Republican Party chairman endorses a Democrat for governor, which is what state GOP Chairman Edward F. Cox did on Friday. Also, Republican Carl P. Paladino of Buffalo, who is slated to announce for governor on April 5, just …

Gov. David Paterson played coy this morning in a radio interview about whether he still might want to run for governor this year. "I wanted to run for governor," Paterson said on the "Imus in the Morning" show broadcast from a Manhattan restaurant this morning. Paterson, fielding a question from the show's host about "rumors" he might run…

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   "If I run, it's not going to be against any particular candidate," said Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy. File photo by Associated Press ALBANY -- Hoping to capture a spark that some Republicans say has been lacking in gubernatorial contender Rick Lazio's campaign, Steve Levy, a registered Democrat, took his why-not-me message to GOP leaders in Albany o…

Eric J.J. Massa's retirement announcement and subsequent statements have caused a flurry of activity over the past few days. File photo by Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News Former Corning Mayor Thomas Reed is emerging as the top Republican candidate to succeed retiring Rep. Eric J.J. Massa, D-Corning, according to several GOP sources. Reed, who has been campaigning for …

   What could prove one of the hottest congressional races in the nation may be developing in the Southern Tier and Rochester suburbs.   A gaggle of Republicans and Democrats are suddenly lining up to succeed Rep. Eric J.J. Massa,  D-Corning, who shocked the political world this week by announcing he will not run for a second te…