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Cuomo and Skelos meet; is peace coming?

By Tom Precious

ALBANY –- After weeks of growing tensions between the executive and legislative branches, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate co-leader Dean Skelos met face to face Wednesday to try to end their war of words and legal tussles.

Neither side was talking about the private session. It came after lawyers for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, controlled by Skelos, last week filed a court challenge seeking to block Cuomo’s Moreland Commission from gathering internal documents about the financial workings of the committee.

The Moreland Commission, appointed by Cuomo, has been scathing in its criticisms of the Senate Republicans for not cooperating with its work. Senate Republicans said in court papers the Moreland subpoena seeking information about their political activities crossed legal lines.

One scenario insiders suggest: a deal struck by Cuomo and Skelos, and then with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, to enact some sort of additional improvements in the state’s ethics and campaign finance laws. In return, the Moreland Commission would go away. Of course, that was a scenario outlined more than a month ago before relations between the two branches worsened.

The meeting between Cuomo and Skelos came the same day as the governor hit the Catskills and Binghamton area to celebrate voter approval of his casino expansion plan, a tour that included pro-casino Senate Republicans in those areas giving shout-outs to the governor.

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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

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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, 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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