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The News features a live chat on Politics Now weekly at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Today's is hosted by News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski, with the focus being on politics in the nation's capital and the resulting effect on Western New York. The schedule for other Politics Now chats is: First Thursday of month: Aaron Besecker on Buffalo City Hall; second: Denise Jewell Gee…

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In order to operate a corner store in Buffalo, you have to get what's known as a food store license from the city. Applications for the license filed in City Hall have to be approved by the Common Council. It costs $115 to apply. Some city lawmakers have said they think the city has too many of these types of stores, which sometimes can cause problems in a neighborhoo…

ALBANY -- Last night's Legislative Correspondents Association show, an annual skit poking fun at Albany's politicians, zeroed heavily in on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. (Lots of shoutouts, though, have been going to state GOP Chairman Ed Cox, who, while wearning a Richard Nixon mask, did an updated Watergate scene involving Cuomo's anticipated 2016 presidential bi…

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As part of a regular weekly feature on the Politics Now blog, Tom Precious of The News' Albany Bureau posts an audio interview with a newsmaker from the Capitol.  ----- ALBANY — In a town where so many politicians save their best stuff for off-the-record whisper chats, Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. is an anomaly. His detractors dismiss him as too off the charts to have his…

   New York State Democrats are reverting to an upstate-downstate partnership to govern the party after naming the mayor of Syracuse and a Harlem assemblyman as co-chairmen on Tuesday.    The state Democratic Committee announced that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo named Mayor Stephanie Miner and Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright to the posts. The upsta…

WASHINGTON -- The passage of a massive defense authorization bill for fiscal 2013 highlighted last week's House votes last week. It's a good bill for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, since it prevents the Pentagon's proposed shutdown of the 107th Airlift Wing there. That being the case, it is no surprise that the three Western New York lawmakers who vo…

The Erie County Legislature files away plenty of documents, letters and correspondence under the heading "receive and file" during its course of business. Occasionally, a letter that quietly slips into the public record reveals a whole lot more than what is said at the public dais. One of those missives was filed away last week during a Legislature Fin…

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Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email. Kevin Hardwick speaks at Erie County Republican Committee campaign headquarters at the Adam&…

Each Saturday on the Politics Now blog, you'll find a list of stories that caught the eyes of The News' political reporters. Here's a sampling of what they were reading this week: "O'Malley builds on tax-raising legacy," by Annie Linskey, Baltimore Sun. It's no secret that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is keeping an eye on Maryland Democratic Go…

ALBANY -- The state should not charge spectators attending the June 15 tightrope walk across Niagara Falls by daredevil artist Nik Wallenda, a Niagara County Republican state lawmaker says. In a letter today to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed a measure last year okaying the stunt, Assemblyman John Ceretto of Lewiston said it would be a good gesture -- and good for the local …

The Buffalo Common Council has scheduled a meeting Friday afternoon to approve a spending plan for the next fiscal year, though some details are still being negotiated. Council leaders are talking with the Brown administration about money in three areas: --Grant funding for block clubs. Some block clubs were previously promised funding that came from the city's shar…

ALBANY -- They've won in state courts. They've won at the U.S. Justice Department. And now they've won in federal courts. A three-judge federal panel in Brooklyn has decided it is not going to intervene to stop this fall's elections from going ahead under the new district lines drawn by the Senate Republicans, who are using the addition of a new seat --…

WASHINGTON -- Beneath the radar screen, and at least temporarily, it seems that the House is acting in a more bipartisan manner. And Western New York's lawmakers fit into that short-term trend. Last week, for example, all three local representatives who voted -- Democrats Brian Higgins and Kathleen C. Hochul, along with Republican Tom Reed -- supported reauthorizing t…

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As part of a regular weekly feature on the Politics Now blog, Tom Precious of The News' Albany Bureau posts an audio interview with a newsmaker from the Capitol.  ----- ALBANY — Patients, health providers and lawmakers are making another uphill push today at the Capitol to have New York join 16 other states that have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes…