ALBANY – A force in Albany for more than 30 years, Fred Dicker announced Monday he is leaving the New York Post.
Dicker, who has broken stories at the Capitol for the city tabloid since the early 1980s, is ending his final tour with the paper as a once-a-week columnist. His Monday entries have long been to-do reading for politicians and other reporters for unearthing items that would go on to become mini to major scandals.
For Buffalo-area residents, Dicker is perhaps best known for the 2010 Sagamore Smackdown, when which Dicker confronted Carl Paladino at The Sagamore Resort on Lake George prior to a speech by the Republican gubernatorial candidate before the state Business Council.
With cameras rolling, Dicker demanded to know what evidence Paladino had for his accusations that Andrew Cuomo had extramarital affairs while he was married. It led to a screaming match – well, mostly Paladino doing the screaming – and Paladino’s famous line of the evening to Dicker: “I’ll take you out, buddy.’’
Dicker is not departing Albany, though. He will keep his long-running morning weekday talk radio show on WGDJ-AM, on which he will all but certainly take to the airwaves to keep pounding his favorite target: Andrew Cuomo.