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Special interests give up, go home

ALBANY -- It was, by Capitol standards, a curious sight: at 2:30 this afternoon: not a single registered lobbyist could be spotted in the main hallways just outside the Senate and Assembly chambers as lawmakers were deliberating a new state budget.

With the budget adoption on cruise control inside the two houses and completion of a high-fives press conference by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders, lobbyists knew the fiscal game was over.

In past years, the hunt by lobbyists looking to kill a budget provision, or get one last spending or tax item quietly inserted into the budget, became an art form. But with this year's three-day aging process of the budget bills, those attempts came to a crashing end earlier this week.

-- 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.

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