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"Jerry's Law?''

ALBANY -- This is what happens when lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists are standing around the Capitol hallways all day waiting for bills to emerge on the big tax hike-and-cut deal: the bill-naming game.

In this case, one of the best to emerge so far on the tax package: Jerry's Law.

As in Jerry Jennings, the Albany mayor who stood up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and refused to have Albany police arrest Occupy Albany protesters across the street from the Capitol. Despite the small size, the Albany protest became a public relations headache for the governor after Jennings said the protesters  could remain in the park overnight.

The protesters made Cuomo, and his failure to back a tax on millionaires -- until Tuesday, anyway -- a major theme in recent weeks.

While Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the Manhattan Democrat who pushed the tax hike all year in the face of opposition by Cuomo and Senate Republicans, is the immediate political winner, Jennings may be able to hold some small footnote in history for the deal that will result in higher taxes on the wealthy.

--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

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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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.

@JerryZremski | jzremski@buffnews.com

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