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By Tom Precious

ALBANY – For cynics who think politicians are stingy with their campaign money, this is an item sure to warm the heart.

Intent on keeping control of the state Senate, Republican incumbents –- running in safe seats -- have pumped $540,000 in the last two weeks into the Senate Republican Campaign Committee account to spread around to close races.

Intent on gaining control of the Senate, meanwhile, Democratic incumbents -– also running in safe seats –- and a few other non-incumbents have donated $459,000 to the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee to try to help win close races.

Among the big donors from Senate Republicans are Catharine Young, an Olean Republican, who has no opponent, and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Long Island Republican. They both gave $50,000 apiece to the Senate GOP campaign arm.

On the Democratic side, Sen. Mike Gianaris, the Queens Democrat who heads the central Senate Democratic fundraising group, gave $100,000, while Sen. Tim Kennedy, the South Buffalo Democrat who narrowly won his September primary bid, donated $25,000.

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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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