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Eight New Yorkers to watch in Trump's Washington

Eight New Yorkers to watch in Donald Trump's Washington:

Carl P. Paladino: The Buffalo developer and 2010 GOP candidate for governor has a close relationship with the new president. When Trump appeared in the lobby of Trump Tower on the night he won the New York primary, Paladino was at his side. He served as co-chairman of the candidate's New York campaign throughout the primary and general elections, and while he may not gain a Cabinet post or other official position, but he will have influence. A member of the Buffalo Board of Education, Paladino has expressed interest in education issues. Could he be assigned an education related role in the new administration?

Michael R. Caputo: The East Aurora political consultant resigned from the Trump campaign last summer after tweeting his pleasure over the firing of former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. But Caputo retains close ties with Trump insiders, and could land in either a formal or informal role even if he is not expected to leave Western New York.

David J. DiPietro: The Republican assemblyman from East Aurora may have been the first elected official in the country to back Trump. He worked behind the scenes throughout the campaign and knows the Trump turf. Almost three years ago, DiPietro was among those approaching Trump to run for governor of New York. He has been on the Trump team ever since.

Rep. Chris Collins: The Clarence Republican was the first member of Congress to back Trump back on Feb. 24.  He has been named congressional liaison to the Trump transition team and also seconded Paul D. Ryan's nomination for a second term as speaker. His stature in Washington is rising. The veteran engineer and entrepreneur has long expressed interest in business affairs, and is expected to emerge as a key congressional ally on financial and other matters.

Edward F. Cox: After the New York primary, the state GOP chairman enthusiastically joined the Trump effort. Nobody has suggested he may desire a change after seven years at the party helm, but he has Washington experience and might be available. He also has a unique world view forged from his early days as son-in-law to President Richard Nixon, prompting some to muse about an ambassadorship.

Rudy Giuliani: The former mayor of New York is being seriously discussed as the next secretary of state. He also functioned as a major Trump surrogate during the campaign, even making a Philadelphia appearance in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention to nip at the heels of Hillary Clinton.

Stephanie McGrath: The Canisius College graduate and former executive director of the Erie County GOP who has worked on the Trump campaign since early this year. She is expected to join the new administration in a yet-to-be-named capacity.

Charles E. Schumer: The senior senator from New York was  named minority leader of the Senate on Wednesday, making him the highest ranking Democrat in the government. He promised Wednesday to stand "shoulder-to-shoulder" with Republicans and Trump on issues of mutual agreement, but will "go toe-to-toe against the president-elect whenever our values or the progress we’ve made is under assault.”

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