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Paladino on FOX again tonight

By Robert J. McCarthy

Buffalo real estate developer Carl P. Paladino makes another appearance on Fox Business Network this evening, discussing his possible entry into the 2014 gubernatorial race and pronouncing Democratic incumbent Andrew M. Cuomo "vulnerable."

“I’m more into the philosophy of the party and re-establishing and coming out with a party that is responsive to the people," he says in remarks made available by Fox Business Network.  "Cuomo went out there and he made his own mistake with the SAFE Act. He should never have done that, people are upset.

"He made a big mistake in upstate New York economically with the fracking. I think he’s very vulnerable.”

Paladino has threatened to run on the Conservative line if the New York GOP fails to field a candidate he considers well known, well funded and conservative in philosophy.

“If [Conservative Party Chairman] Mike Long will give me the banner and that’s only if a good candidate doesn’t pop up,” he said.

Paladino was slated to make his second appearance on Fox in the last several months, which is scheduled for 8 tonight.

'I LOVE NY,' with a twist

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -– Don’t know what to get that relative who moved to North Carolina? Deciding between a scarf and socks for your kid for Christmas? New York State has the answer: I LOVE NY gear.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced today the launch of an online store -– www.ILoveNY.com – that will offers some twists on the original I LOVE NY logo. For $24.95, you can buy an I LOVE NY T-shirt where the LOVE heart logo is replaced with a Buffalo using the Buffalo Bills vintage 1962 graphic. [It’s the one item for sale with a shout-out to the Buffalo football team.]

Other items -– with logos featuring images of a racehorse, a sailboat, a wine glass, a fish or any number of activities with some sort of New York tourism angle -- include mugs, magnets, pins and vinyl totes. An assortment of I LOVE LGBT gear is also for sale. A messenger bag, at $34.95, appears to be the most expensive item.

Officials are calling it "The Collection."

The Bills T-shirts was approved through a licensing deal by the team and the NFL.

"The Buffalo Bills management asked the league to be a part of the I LOVE NY logo campaign, and we thought it was a great way for Buffalo Bills fans to combine their love of the team and their affection for the great state of NY," said Leo Kane, the NFL’s senior vice president of consumer brands, in a statement released by the governor’s office.

John J. Phelan, 1977 GOP mayoral candidate, dies at 86

By Robert J. McCarthy

John J. Phelan, the Republican Party's 1977 candidate for mayor of Buffalo and a major force in area political and cultural circles, died after a long illness today in Buffalo General Hospital. He was 86.

Phelan finished third in the historic mayoral election of 1977 behind Democrat Arthur O. Eve and Conservative James D. Griffin, who won the first of four terms.

His daughter, Trish Phelan, said funeral arrangements are still incomplete but will be announced Tuesday. A full obituary will appear in The Buffalo News later in the week. 

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Astorino, eyeing run for governor, to visit Buffalo


By Robert J. McCarthy

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, sounding more and more like a Republican candidate for governor in 2014, will travel to Buffalo on Dec. 18 for the Erie County Republican Committee's annual holiday party.

Erie County GOP Chairman Nicholas A. Langowrthy said Astorino asked to attend the affair in his first upstate foray since a solid re-election win last month. "It's his first travel in New York outside Westchester, and he wants it to be in Buffalo," Langworthy said.

Astorino, who also visited Western New York last summer to introduce himself to area Republicans, has been discussing a possible challenge to incumbent Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo for months. But he has also picked up his pace in recent weeks following his re-election, where he scored a substantial victory in a county dominated 2 to 1 by Democrats.

The Republican event is slated for the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

His visit follows on the heels of efforts this week by several Republican legislators and strategists to entice real estate mogul Donald Trump into the race. Following a meeting in his Manhattan office last week, Trump told his supporters -- including Assemblyman David J. DiPietro of East Aurora -- that he would think about their suggestion over the holidays.

Good night for Speaker Silver: Sabres lose, Democrats get money

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver quietly slipped into Buffalo Thursday night to catch his New York Rangers defeat the Buffalo Sabres after holding a pre-game fundraiser to add to the surplus in the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee account.
An invite list wasn't available but a Democrat said "the usual suspects'' turned out for "Hockey Night in Buffalo,'' as the evening was billed.
Silver, a serious hockey fan who has had season tickets to the Rangers, typically travels once a year to watch a Rangers and Sabres game in Buffalo - while mixing it in with a chance to raise funds from lobbyists and Western New York companies that do business with the state.
An invitation sent to lobbyists this week offered a 90-minute reception and buffet dinner at the First Niagara Pinnacle Club and 300-level seating for $500 per ticket.
DAAC, the Democratic Assembly committee, has $1.4 million in the bank as of its most recent filing earlier this week with the state elections board.

Video: McCarthy presses for data in crash that killed political leader

Some key details are finally being disclosed involving a collision that killed West Seneca Democratic Chairman Daniel S. McParlane. Bob McCarthy talks with Brian Meyer about the fight to obtain records:

 

 

 

 

Thursday's must-reads from Washington

By Jerry Zremski

WASHINGTON -- Times must be changing. Finally I can do a list of must-reads without including a story about Obamacare.

Predictably, though, today's top read falls back to another central topic of recent months: the scope of spying by the National Security Agency. In yet another of its scoops on that issue, The Washington Post today reveals that the NSA is tracking cellphone locations worldwide.

Meanwhile, The New York Times offers a surprising story about climate change, showing that large companies are warming to a carbon tax.

Lastly, Politico notes that in wake of several campaign embarrassments in recent years, Republicans are now coaching their male candidates on how to run against women.

 

Wednesday's must-reads from Washington

By Jerry Zremski

WASHINGTON -- In today's top read, The Washington Post tells us that in the fight over Obamacare, President Obama is going on the offensive.

Meanwhile, NPR warns that congressional inaction once again means $7 a gallon milk may be looming.

And in a change of pace, I'm recommending an opinion piece: one in which The New York Times' David Brooks asks the question: are we too focused on politics?

A not-so-Happy Birthday card from GOP to Cuomo

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- On the night of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's big annual Happy Birthday fundraiser, which his campaign throws for him in Manhattan, comes this birthday wish, of sorts, from the state Republican Party:

 What are your plans on this special night, New York?

For just $50,000 for a top-shelf ticket, you can hang out with Andrew Cuomo as he's personally serenaded by pop icon Billy Joel. That's right, the same governor who's demanding welfare for politicians via publicly financed campaigns and is trying to cap contributions to political organizations is selling tickets to his birthday party for as much as $50,000 -- or just a little less than New Yorkers' median income.

How about that. Can't make it? Neither can we. But fortunately, our NYGOP spies were able to get ahold of Billy Joel's set list for tonight's shindig. Check it out:

"You May Be Right," as sung by Andrew Cuomo to Republicans about lowering taxes;

"In the Middle of the Night," or, How Andrew Cuomo Passed the SAFE Act;

"Pressure (from the Governor's Office)," or, Why the Moreland Commission Won't Subpoena Major Democrat Donors;

"Movin' Out (Andrew's Song)," or, Why New York's Businesses Keep Leaving for Lower-Tax States;

"The Longest Time," or, The Story of the Fracking Decision;

"We Love You Just the Way You Are," as sung by the Assembly Democrat caucus to Shelly Silver;

"Upstate Girl," featuring the Growing Chorus of Upstaters Who Disapprove of Andrew Cuomo;

"I Go to Extremes (But Only After MSNBC Attacks me for Working with Republicans)," as sung by Andrew Cuomo;

"Summer, Rainbow Falls (The Great Adirondack White-Water Rafting Challenge)," as sung by Andrew Cuomo; and

"Scenes from a Yogurt Summit" "New York Washington State of Mind," as sung by Andrew Cuomo.

 

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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.

rmccarthy@buffnews.com


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.

tprecious@buffnews.com


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.

@jillterreri | jterreri@buffnews.com


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.

@JerryZremski | jzremski@buffnews.com

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