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By Jill Terreri Good morning, This afternoon the team from IBM is expected to deliver their report about how the city can connect people ages 16 to 24 with jobs.  Buffalo won a "Smarter Cities" challenge grant from the technology company, which provided the city with the expertise of five IBM executives for three weeks. The city chose youth employment as the…

By Jerry Zremski WASHINGTON -- You know a scandal is serious when someone is about to plead the Fifth Amendment, and Politico tells us that's just what's going to happen in the IRS-tea party scandal. Also on the scandal watch, The Washington Post delves deep into former CIA Director David Petraeus' role in the Benghazi talking points mess. And just when you …

By Tom Precious ALBANY -- Government and industry sources say Gov. Andrew Cuomo and St. Regis Mohawk leaders are hoping to announce a deal this afternoon to settle a dispute and give the tribe exclusive rights to continue to operate a casino in a large section of northern New York. The Cuomo administration declined comment, though there is talk of an early afternoon news c…

By Jill Terreri Mayor Byron Brown's proposed $482.5 million spending plan is up for a vote by the Common Council during a special meeting at 3 p.m. today in Council Chambers.  Council leadership and the administration are working out the details this morning, and the amendments have not been printed up, I'm told.  The Council's budget hearings invo…

By Jerry Zremski WASHINGTON -- Last week offered only a couple major votes in the House, including yet another near-party-line vote on repealing the Obama health care law. Meanwhile the Senate passed a water resources bill with little controversy. Here's a closer look at how local members of Congress voted, courtesy of Targeted News Service: HOUSE VOTES:House Vote 1:B…

By Jerry Zremski WASHINGTON -- With the IRS/tea party scandal still rocking Washington, Politico tells us that the IRS has offered up a prototype on how not to handle a scandal. Meanwhile, The Washington Post notes that the IRS scandal and other recent travails have not hurt President Obama's approval ratings. And The New York Times takes a close look at the rising im…

By Tom Precious ALBANY -- The response by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to the news that Buffalo Assemblyman Michael Kearns is quitting the Democratic conference in protest because Silver will not resign over his handling of the Vito Lopez matter has gone up a notch from this afternoon's initial "not surprising'' reaction.Tonight comes this from Micha…

Bernard Tolbert's bid to unseat Mayor Brown could be viewed as a David vs. Goliath undertaking. But News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy tells Brian Meyer that Tolbert is a credible candidate with an ability to raise money and highlight key issues: brightcove.createExperiences();

By Jerry Zremski WASHINGTON -- Today the Washington Post goes deep inside what tea party groups went through to get their tax exemptions. Meanwhile, The New York Times discusses the impact the recent IRS scandals will have on President Obama's second term. And the Times also delves deep into the troubling issue of military suicides.

By Tom Precious ALBANY -- A week after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo threatened to place commercial casinos in the backyards of gambling ventures now run by Native American tribes, a Central New York Indian tribe is expected this afternoon to agree to a deal with the governor to keep any new casinos out of their geographic territory. The Oneida Indian Nation, which since 1993 has …

By Tom Precious ALBANY – He’s not necessarily aligning himself with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but Buffalo developer Carl Paladino this morning is blasting Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s demands that the Legislature have a say in the placement of any new casinos in New York.Paladino, who ran against Cuomo in 2010, said Silver’s opposition is predictable to a plan by Cuomo to ha…

By Tom Precious ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week will begin a statewide television advertising campaign touting his 2013 state budget plans and urging residents to push lawmakers to embrace his ideas.The ad campaign, to cost several hundred thousand dollars in the initial buy, will discuss his plans for economic development, holding the line on new tax increases and va…

By Tom Precious ALBANY -- The governor's plan to have three new casinos built upstate is "one of the most exciting opportunities we have." The casino expansion effort, to be in play this session, calls for up to seven casinos to be located in some unknown communities. Cuomo wants the initial three to be built upstate. He estimated that $1…

By Tom PreciousALBANY -- The $1 billion for special economic development help for the Buffalo area announced last year was, according to administration aides, set to be spent over a five-year period.But Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his budget speech just now, said the spending is a 10-year effort.We are waiting to see if there was a mistake in the speech or a fiscal policy shift.