By Robert J. McCarthy
PoliticsNY.net, a controversial website devoted to politics formerly maintained by the late Joseph J. Illuzzi, is being resurrected by local political operative Michael R. Caputo.
An East Aurora resident, Caputo served as spokesman for Republican gubernatorial Carl P. Paladino in 2010. He said Wednesday he intends to duplicate some of Illuzzi's style with "rumor and innuendo," but also plans a major overhaul into a more professional source of political news.
"I originally bought it to put it to sleep and make sure it hurt no more people," Caputo said. "But people in Western New York want an additional outlet to hear about politics. We'll try to do a better job of it."
Caputo said he will be joined by Peter Herr, a local teacher, blogger and leadership consultant in publishing the new site, which has been dormant since Illuzzi died Sept. 25.