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Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco should himself be investigated for taking contributions from a Long Island car-leasing company that had been investigated by his office, the Democratic Party nominee for Vacco's post said Tuesday.The probe by Vacco's office of Oxford Resources, which consumers had complained engaged in overcharging abuses, was eventually dropped; afterward,…

Gov. Pataki, an avowed fiscal conservative, has gone on a deep-pocket spending spree with taxpayer funds over the past three weeks as he campaigns to win a second term in office.Since the primary Sept. 15, Pataki has announced spending initiatives totaling $817.9 million.Much of that money is discretionary -- for everything from rehabilitating homes on Buffalo's East Side …

Eliot Spitzer's quest to become one of the nation's most powerful government lawyers began not in a courtroom or law library, but on a North Carolina beach.The idea of running for New York State attorney general first popped into his head on a family vacation in September 1993, when a friend called to tell him that then-Attorney General Robert Abrams was unexpectedly resig…

The political pressure building to conclude a multibillion-dollar settlement with the tobacco industry may prompt Attorney General Dennis Vacco to cut a deal that does not go far enough and capitulates to the cigarette companies, public health advocates warn."Certainly coming up with a good settlement right before the election would be like manna from political heaven for …

The person who is expected to back up Assemblyman Thomas M. Reynolds' claims that he is entitled to a more lucrative state pension turns out to be a state judge who also is a mentor, longtime friend and business partner of the lawmaker.In fact, Court of Claims Judge Ronald H. Tills got his judgeship in 1995 shortly after Reynolds said that he would recommend his mentor for…

The deep-pocket pension fund for state and local government employees will back $100 million in loans to help small businesses in New York create or retain jobs, the head of the fund will announce today.State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, the sole trustee of the $105 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund, said the loan money will be made available through the New Yor…

The deep-pocket pension fund for state and local government employees will back $100 million in loans to help small businesses in New York create or retain jobs, the head of the fund was to announce today.State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, the sole trustee of the $105 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund, said the loan money will be made available through the New Y…

Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco's re-election campaign has accused his Democratic challenger, Eliot Spitzer, of breaking state laws by failing to disclose details about millions of dollars in loans Spitzer used to finance his campaign.Spitzer, a wealthy Manhattan lawyer, has spent nearly $8 million on his 1994 and 1998 campaigns for attorney general, much of it coming fro…

In the weeks since Mayor Masiello crossed party lines to endorse Gov. Pataki for re-election, the Buffalo Democrat has become persona non grata among some of the state's top party leaders.Yet Democrats across the state, including several of the party's most powerful elected officials, regularly have appeared at events designed to showcase the governor and boost his bid for…

A bitter lawsuit against Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco, which revealed boxes of documents outlining patronage hiring in his office, was dismissed Tuesday by a federal judge.U.S. District Judge Rosemary S. Pooler in Syracuse tossed out a case brought by two former assistant attorneys general, who contended that they were fired or forced to resign from Vacco's office in 1…

His fledgling campaign lagging far behind in the polls, Peter Vallone, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Monday gave a spirited defense of President Clinton and lashed out at the Republican "assaults" against him.In a speech before state Democratic Party leaders here, Vallone tried to link Gov. Pataki and U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato with national Republican efforts to …

New Yorkers, who gave President Clinton one of his strongest re-election victories among the states in 1996, appear to be standing strongly behind him in his battles with Congress over the Monica Lewinsky affair, a new poll shows.While nearly 60 percent of New Yorkers feel Clinton does not share their moral values for what most Americans should live by, 68 percent said it …

Coming soon to a television near you will be Republican Party television ads promoting U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato -- and paid for by the state Democratic Party.In a unusual tactic even for New York politics, the Democrats are hoping to expose what they have charged is the geographic divisiveness campaign the GOP has employed as part of its efforts to re-elect D'Amato.The Re…

Negotiations have begun between the state and the Seneca Nation that could bring at least two casinos to Western New York, sides in the talks confirmed Thursday.Tribal representatives and Pataki administration officials met at an undisclosed Buffalo location last week to draw up the guidelines for how the talks will proceed in the coming weeks or months. They did not discu…

Borrowing from a 1964 Democratic presidential campaign geographic attack, state Republicans continued their television advertising barrage against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Charles Schumer by trying to portray him as anti-upstate.In the latest addition to his television advertising blitz, incumbent Sen. Alfonse D'Amato's campaign criticized votes Schumer took 21 yea…