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Cuomo lashes out at State Legislature

ALBANY -- A feisty Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo today lashed out today at the State Legislature for failing to close at least a $315 million budget deficit and warned state employee unions to be ready for serious cutbacks next year.

After a 90-minute, closed-door luncheon meeting with Assembly Democrats at an Albany hotel, Cuomo emerged to praise the "very positive" session that touched on a range of fiscal and policy issues.

He then quickly condemned lawmakers for failing to act in a special session called Monday by Gov. David Paterson to close the current year's red ink.

"For them to come back and do nothing, I think, is very distressing," Cuomo told reporters. "The governor was right to call them back. ... They failed the people of the State of New York once again."

--Tom Precious

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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