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de Blasio, NYC mayoral hopeful, due in Buffalo Wednesday

The developing race for mayor of New York moves upstate on Wednesday as Public Advocate Bill de Blasio makes the rounds among potential supporters in Buffalo -- courtesy of former County Executive Joel A. Giambra.   

de Blasio, who ranks second in New York City government as public advocate, is considered a likely Democratic candidate to succeed outgoing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2013. Giambra said Tuesday he is sponsoring a Wednesday "friend raiser" at the 31 Club on Elmwood Avenue to bring together potential de Blasio supporters. 

"He doesn't buy this notion that there is a separate upstate and downstate," said Giambra, a Republican. "He wants to build bridges."   

de Blasio is a former New York City councilman who has previously worked for Andrew M. Cuomo and Hillary Rodham Clinton. He is considered a major figure in the 2013 mayoral race, which Giambra said is always of interest to upstaters with family and business ties to the city.   

--Robert J. McCarthy

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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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