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Skelos combines business with politicking here

   State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos was in Buffalo Thursday, tending to some Western New York affairs and a little politics too.

   The Long Island Republican was slated to hold an afternoon press conference on budget items, along with meeting with officials on the UB 2020 plan, and conducting a business roundtable. Later he was scheduled to preside over a fundraiser for Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer, R-Williamsville.

   The majority leader's appearance allows him to claim the title of "semi-frequent" visitor to Buffalo -- considered pretty good by Senate leadership standards -- after a stint of Democratic rule in which leaders rarely ventured west of the Albany city limits. And it could be surmised that former Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno's infrequent pilgrimages here never allowed him to master pronunciation of "Scajaquada."

--Robert J. McCarthy

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