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Stephanie Miner acknowledges the obstacles. The former Democratic mayor of Syracuse, a graduate of the University at Buffalo law school, is running for governor as an independent. No candidate from west of Albany has been elected governor since Republican Nathan Miller, also a Syracuse lawyer, defeated Al Smith in 1920. And if you go through the list of New York's gover…

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Concern over the growing threat of tick-borne illnesses has prompted state leaders to announce a new, aggressive tick control plan and hold a Lyme disease summit this summer. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced plans  to raise awareness about the dangers of these diseases, particularly among hunters and hikers – two groups most likely to encounter ticks – and reduce tick n…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to make an "important infrastructure/tourism announcement" Tuesday morning at the base of the South Grand Island Bridge. State and local officials declined Monday to comment or speculate on what Cuomo will say. But after years of dealing with traffic and tolls, residents are hoping the governor offers some relief. Efforts to transform the 8…

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Joseph Kutlina never bought into one of the oldest arguments in Western New York. He was born and raised in Niagara Falls, a self-taught artist who learned his skills through sheer will and perseverance. He survived grief and bloodshed during World War II to return home to a city that he loved, and he never wavered from a fierce belief shaped in his childhood: He had no…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had shared the story before. In a “State of the State” speech last week at the University at Buffalo, a speech in which the governor promised another $500 million in state investment in Western New York, Cuomo spoke of the late Tim Russert as “the first person who used to bring me out to Buffalo.” That was in the early 1980s, Cuomo said, when he and…

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This is a call I wish I could make, right now. Mario Cuomo, almost certainly, would have had plenty to say about the election of Donald Trump. For many years after he served as governor, Mario was a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City. His assistant was a patient woman named Mary Porcelli, and if you caught her at the right moment, when Mario was at hi…