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Slaughter to give update on her broken leg

    Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, will hold a news conference at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester at noon today to discuss her rehabilitation from a broken leg she suffered in a fall at an event in New York City on April 2.

    The 82-year-old congresswoman originally said she hoped to return to Washington this week.

    Still, the tone of the press release announcing her press conference could not have been more upbeat.

    "Due to her good health and physical fitness, doctors expect Slaughter to make an 'excellent and functional' recovery from the broken left leg, which occurred on April 2  as she attend an event honoring women in politics," the press release said. "Slaughter continues to maintain her duties while in between rehabilitation sessions and appreciates her staff."

    Dr. Stephen L. Kates, M.D., professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, will discuss Slaughter's rehabilitation at the press conference.

    Slaughter faces a tough bid for re-election in the new, Rochester-based 25th district against Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, a Republican.

-- Jerry Zremski




Jerry Zremski's Week in Washington, April 16, 2012


Five Questions with Mark Schroeder

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.


City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder speaks on election night last November in the Adam's Mark Hotel. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

Mark J.F. Schroeder

The basics
Age: 57
Job title: Buffalo City Comptroller
Family: Married 34 years to Kate Horan Schroeder. Three children: Matthew, Michael and Allison.
Education: Bishop Timon High School, Erie Community College, Empire State College
Party affiliation: Democrat
Previous work experience: Private sector for 25 years, Erie County Legislature for three years and state Assembly for seven years.
City salary: $88,700

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The Read: Political chatter from elsewhere

Each Saturday on the Politics Now blog you'll find a list of stories that caught the eyes of The News' political reporters. Here's a sampling of what they were reading this week:

-- "The nation’s 10 most popular governors — and why," by Aaron Blake, Washington Post's The Fix. When it comes to White House ruminations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his job right now is being governor. But that doesn't stop his campaign committee from reminding folks from time to time that 2016 is only a couple of political bus stops down the road. This week's Cuomo 2016 entry comes not from our eagle eyes, but courtesy of a "Dear Friend" email blast from the Andrew Cuomo Committee.

-- "Cuomo turns to Albany to stock his cabinet," by Kenneth Lovett, New York Daily News. Former Assemblyman Sam Hoyt is among a list of former lawmakers whose appointments to Cuomo's cabinet have raised eyebrows in political circles.

-- “Paladino hunger striker plans anti-mandate walkabout” by Casey Seiler, Albany Times Union. A Carl Paladino supporter -- who once picketed outside the studios of a Fox News host who wouldn’t have Paladino on the air -- is at it again. Tea Party activist Tom Cavanagh was looking last week for the media to take notice of a planned walk for mandate relief, Seiler writes on the Capitol Confidential blog.

-- "Chart of the Day: How the Rosen-Romney Feud Played Out on Twitter," by David A. Graham, The Atlantic. We all know about the 24-hour news cycle. But what about the Twitter news cycle? The Atlantic takes a look at the rise and fall of tweets-per-minute in the hours after Ann Romney took to Twitter to respond to Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's comment that she had "never worked a day in her life."

Republicans eye candidates for Assembly, comptroller

   It's that time of the year when Erie County political leaders start to seriously focus on just who -- and who is not -- in the running for the November election.

   The Erie County GOP, for example, is talking with potential candidates on many fronts, including:

   --The Assembly seat now held by retiring Republican Daniel J. Burling. Party sources indicate that in addition to to declared candidates Kevin Smard, an assemblyman currently based in Hamburg, and David DiPietro, the former East Aurora mayor, others are also expressing interest.  Those include Chris Lane of East Aurora and David Mariacher of Elma are also discussing potential candidacies.

   --For county comptroller, former television newsman Stefan Mychajliw has been exploring a candidacy aganst appointed Democrat David Shenck. But also in the mix for the GOP is Dan Humiston, owner of the Tanning Bed chain, who unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Brian Higgins in 2008. 

   Both have long eyed the possibility of running for public office. But Humiston has always appealed to party leaders because of the ability to fund his own campaign.

   Republican officials have so far not encountered a stampede of comptroller candidates because of the daunting prospect of running in heavily Democratic Erie County in a presidential year, when turnout is highest.

   Both parties also have encountered difficulties in recruiting candidates for a countywide post that pays the relatively low salary of $80,615.

--Robert J. McCarthy 

Erie County Hall Politics Now chat with Denise Jewell Gee

The News features a live chat on Politics Now weekly at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Today's is hosted by Denise Jewell Gee, with the focus being on Erie County politics and the happenings at County Hall.

The schedule for other Politics Now chats is: First Thursday of month: Aaron Besecker on Buffalo City Hall; third: Tom Precious on Albany; fourth: Jerry Zremski on Washington. The News' Bob McCarthy also joins the chats when available.


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Cox finally adds support to Romney

   If there was any doubt the Republican presidential primary campaign is over in New York before it started, that ended Wednesday when state GOP Chairman Edward F. Cox endorsed Mitt Romney.

   "This has been a hard-fought primary campaign, but now is the time for our party to unite behind the candidate best prepared to lead us to victory in November and that is why I am endorsing Mitt Romney for president," he said.

   Cox couldn't quite get himself to say overwhelmingly Democratic New York will vote for the former Massachusetts governor this fall. But the ever-optimistic chairman did say the state will play the most important role of any non-swing state in November.

   "While not a swing state, New York, as the country's center for finance, for media and for many ethnic and other networks, will have a major role in electing Mitt," he said.

--Robert J. McCarthy 

Grand Island GOP backs Grisanti

   The Grand Island GOP last week became the first local committee to weigh in on the expected primary for the Senate seat now held by Republican Mark J. Grisanti.

   And the verdict is -- Grisanti.

   Chairwoman Debbie Michaux said the vote for Grisanti, attempting to win his second term, was unanimous.

   Grisanti is expected to be challenged by Kevin Stocker of the Town of Tonawanda in a Republican primary.

--Robert J. McCarthy

What our members of Congress did last week

WASHINGTON — Here in the nation's capitol, we call it "recess," but that doesn't mean our local members of Congress are out playing. Well, we hope not, anyway.

Actually, in all seriousness, recess is a time for federal lawmakers to go home and meet with constituents and other local leaders. And that's pretty much what our four House members and two New York senators did last week.

There's one sad exception: Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, broke her leg in a fall at an event for women leaders in New York City last week and didn't return to the Rochester area till the weekend.

Among our other members:

* Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, announced an $11.7 million federal grant to rebuild the runway at Niagara Falls International Airport on Thursday. Earlier in the week she met with seniors at the Blocher Homes adult care facility in Williamsville and made several stops in Livingston County, visiting a dairy farm, meeting with the president of Geneseo State College and touring American Rock Salt, the nation's largest salt mine.

* Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, visited the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. to check on waterfront work planned for the summer. Higgins also appeared with Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he announced a major commitment of state funds to local infrastructure projects, and met with the top local official at Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

* Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, spent most of his week meeting constituents, including doctors and home-builders in his district. In addition, Reed held a meeting of his Veterans Advisory Board and an event in Corning promoting the Internal Revenue Service's free tax filing option.

 * Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., held several events in Orange and Dutchess counties. He also visited a hydroelectric plant in Columbia County and was on hand for the grand opening of BAE Systems' new facility in Binghamton. The defense contractor's previous facility had experienced severe flood damage.

* Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., held a mentoring event with the Partnership for New York City. In addition, she met with New York City ministers and the editor of the New York Daily News.

Jerry Zremski

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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.

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.

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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