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Conservative Party chief on Andrew Cuomo: Mario Jr.

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- The head of the state's Conservative Party said Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech today was a shout-out to the days of when Mario Cuomo ran the state government.

"He said it was his most aggressive speech,'' Mike Long said of the governor. "Clearly, it was not only a speech about New York. It was a speech way past New York heading to Washington. And he circled back to his liberal roots, went home to meet his dad, and he's back to his deep-seated, liberal roots.'"

"He certainly has moved to the progressive left,'' added Sen. Dean Skelos, the Senate's top Republican.

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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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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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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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