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Mayor Byron W. Brown's CitiStat team will take a look at the Parking Department at 11 a.m. today, and I'll liveblog the meeting. - Jill Terreri  <a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=2f993bfd01" _mce_href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/al…

By Jill Terreri Good morning,  Today in City Hall, Mayor Byron W. Brown's CitiStat team - which includes himself, Deputy Mayor Steve Casey, Corporation Counsel Tim Ball and Commissioner of Finance, Policy and Urban Affairs Janet Penska - are set to question Parking Commissioner Kevin Helfer.  Helfer's department was the subject of a recent audit by City…

By Tom Precious ALBANY – Here is the numerical breakdown of absentee voters in the 46th Senate district who in the coming weeks could help determine which party controls the state Senate. The still-undetermined results in the race between Republican George Amedore and Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk will be decided by the counting of more than 9,000 absentee ballo…

By Tom Precious ALBANY -- It's been a tough day for the folks at the state's Thruway Authority. First, one of their own -- the vice chairwoman of the board -- in a Buffalo News story earlier today blasted the agency for its secretive ways and for refusing to publicly release an agenda for board meetings on a plan to hike tolls on trucks by 45 percent. …

By Tom Precious ALBANY – Secrets in Albany are not always easy to keep. So on the night in early January 2011 when four Democratic state senators decided to break away from their party conference to form their own independent caucus, they picked as their away-from-the-office meeting spot a third floor walkup apartment rented by Sen. Diane Savino a few blocks from the Capit…

By Tom Precious BOSTON -- Minutes after CNN projected President Obama winning Iowa to the cheers of Democrats in Chicago, Fox News, and now others, is projecting Obama has won the crucial contest in Ohio. Dead calm in Boston; party scene in Chicago. UPDATE: Now Fox News, challenged on-air by Republican strategist Karl Rove, is about to explain why they called the president…

By Tom Precious Boston – With votes still being counted in the battle states of Virginia and Ohio, the Romney campaign in the past half hour turned to live video feeds from key Republicans in those two states to pump up the mood of partisan troops in the GOP candidate’s Boston election night ballroom. “We remain very optimistic about our chances to win here in V…

Here's what you'll want to watch for at this hour: Polls close in four states, including the last of the battlegrounds, Iowa and  Nevada (six electoral votes each). Iowa’s been leaning toward Obama, but  watch how the vote breaks down geographically. Can Romney’s advantage  in GOP-heavy western Iowa overcome Obama’s edge in eastern swing…

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    Kirsten Gillibrand                                         Wendy Long   By MICHAEL HILLAssociated Press ALBANY Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was elected to her first full, six-year term Tuesday night, fending off a challenge from Repub…

By Tom Precious Boston -- News flash: a Democratic presidential candidate, again, wins New York state. It took the networks a mere minute or so after polls closed at 9pm to make that call. [New York has not backed a GOP presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election.] Indeed, the only campaign appearances President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney made…