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A painful start of the week for Cuomo

ALBANY –- Which is more painful? Root canal or closing a $10 billion budget gap?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t closed the fiscal red ink yet, but he now knows what an un-fun experience a root canal procedure can be.

Cuomo had the dental surgery, with local anesthetic, on Monday.

The Cuomo administration Tuesday wasn’t keen on providing much in the way of information –- like even where the procedure was performed.

The next painful task: getting a reluctant State Legislature to go along with his plans -– due out Feb. 1 -– to erase the deficit with cuts to education, health care and the state workforce.

There is no local anesthetic for that procedure.

Lingering pain or not, Cuomo is scheduled tonight to have the Republicans who control the state Senate over to the governor's mansion as another phase in his legislative reach-out campaign.

-- 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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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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