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A lingering effect of the 2001 terrorist attacks – and a Jewish holiday this year – explain why primary voters will be heading to the polls today instead of the usual Tuesday voting day in New York State. The Legislature early this year unanimously approved pushing the primary voting day, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the bill on March 2. It is the third time prima…

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ALBANY – A day after his endorsement by Sen. Bernie Sanders, lieutenant governor candidate Jumaane Williams on Tuesday stood outside a low-income apartment building near the state Capitol to bash the policies of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul as not progressive enough for New York. Williams, a New York City councilman from Brooklyn, said Hochul has turne…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo – a scarce commodity in Western New York since April – was greeted with ovations in an appearance Monday at the Belle Center, three days ahead of the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Cuomo, flanked by elected Democratic representatives and cheered on by about 300 party faithful inside the center's gymnasium, said nothing specific about the Buffalo …

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has curtailed his trips to Buffalo over the past year, will be in Buffalo this evening for a get-out-the-vote rally ahead of Thursday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. The governor will be at the Belle Center on Maryland Avenue at 5 p.m., after stops earlier in the afternoon in Syracuse and Rochester. The Democratic primary contes…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has run into some serious bumps in the closing days of his campaign, including a controversial mailer from the Democratic Party he controls implying challenger Cynthia Nixon is anti-Semitic and the partial shutdown of a $4 billion bridge just hours after Cuomo held a big ceremony hailing its completion. On Monday morning, though, he got som…

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ALBANY – As the bitter primary contest between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon concludes this week, the campaign is already leaving a legacy in which moderate Democratic voters across the state were barely given notice by two candidates jostling over who is a better friend of the left wing of the party. If history is any guide, however, when the general election …

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ALBANY – In a final pitch to Buffalo-area Democrats, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is spending at least $100,000 from his campaign account in the first and only customized television advertising appeal in advance of the Sept. 13 gubernatorial primary contest against challenger Cynthia Nixon. The 30-second ad now airing will run through primary day on Thursday. It boasts of ma…

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ALBANY – In the final weeks of his Democratic Party primary race against challenger Cynthia Nixon, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is spending donors’ money at a dizzying clip. The spending spree by Cuomo’s campaign has also left the governor with $16 million in the bank. While that's a level that most candidates would die for, it stands at just half the $31 million Cuomo had on h…

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ALBANY – Sen. Timothy Kennedy breaks a sweat working his Senate 63rd district handing out state grants, marching in parades and fielding constituent complaints with the state. His campaign has money, he’s got local name recognition and he faces a largely unknown Democratic opponent, Shaqurah G. Zachery, in the Sept. 13 primary. So what’s the South Buffalo Democrat wo…

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ALBANY — As Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo enters the final phase of his September Democratic primary campaign against challenger Cynthia Nixon, each day people are gathering in places around the state for meetings and conference calls with a singular, determined mission: how to make Cuomo look good. The salaries and benefits for these people, and the ideas they come up with to p…

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ALBANY – Few New Yorkers will accuse the state tax department of acting in lightning fast ways when it comes to sending out income tax refunds or property tax rebate checks. Until now. The Department of Taxation and Finance, hit with stinging criticism the last couple years over the tardy arrival of more than $1 billion in special checks that are supposed to lessen t…

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ALBANY – Activist Cynthia Nixon probably shouldn’t look for a Rick Lazio moment in her debate against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday evening on Long Island. Lazio, in a debate in Buffalo against Hillary Clinton on the 2000 U.S. Senate debate, helped to scuttle his campaign when he unexpectedly walked across the stage, demanded Clinton sign a campaign fundraising pled…

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ALBANY – New York taxpayers just footed the tab for a well-timed postcard sent by the Cuomo administration that praises Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo with a niche set of voters: saltwater anglers. Just a couple weeks before voters go to the poll to choose between Cuomo and activist Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, the state Department of Environmental Conse…

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ALBANY – There are three Republican state senators who are angling to be chosen as a replacement GOP candidate for indicted Rep. Chris Collins in the state’s 27th Congressional District. They would get a nice bump in their government salaries if they went from representing part of Western New York in Albany to Washington. But one of them, state Sen. Michael Ranzenhof…

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ALBANY – Activist Cynthia Nixon has spent five months bashing her Democratic opponent, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in every conceivable manner. And yet, Nixon said, she does not think Cuomo would be a worse governor than Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess county executive running for governor on the Republican line. Cuomo, she again claimed Thursday, is a phony progressive, has b…