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Video: Bishop Malone on Cuomo and 'extremism'

Bishop Richard Malone, in a video posted to YouTube, addressed New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's statement last week that "extremism" had no place in New York State politics.

"I think that comment is the best example of extremism I've heard for a long time," the bishop said in the roughly minute-and-a-half-long clip.

Pigeon flying to Cuomo's LA fund raiser

   By Robert J. McCarthy

   If you thought Buffalo's Steve Pigeon is EVERYWHERE in Erie County politics, he is.

   He's also EVERYWHERE in politics, period.

   After Politics Now reported a few days ago that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo would travel to Los Angeles Thursday for a major fundraising event, we wondered if the former Erie County Democratic chairman was involved.

   He is. He's even attending the affair at the home of Jim Gianopulos, chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment.

   You can get in the door for $5,000, but $25,000 will admit you as a "chair" of the event,which is billed as "an intimate evening with Andrew Cuomo."

   "I have some clients out there who I will bring to the event," is all the Buffalo political consultant would say.

Progressive group lists Reed as tea party leader

By Robert J. McCarthy

   A group dedicated "to advance a progressive agenda in Congress" has ranked Rep. Tom Reed as leader of New York congressmen in voting to support tea party issues in Washington.
   In its Tea Party Scorecard, Americans United for Change gave Reed a 75 percent rating for backing the conservative movement's agenda. The group said Reed's score would have approached 80 percent if he had not voted for "parochial" bills related to relief from Hurricane Sandy.
   The scorecard measures tea party "loyalty" based on 48 votes appearing the scorecards of Americans for Prosperity or Freedomworks, described by the group as representing tea party values.
   Last year, the Corning Repubican announced he had joined a group called "No Labels," a bipartisan movement aimed at problem-solving rather than opponent-bashing.
   “When you involve yourself in a group like No Labels, a large, bipartisan group whose sole purpose is to bring people together from the Senate and the House who work across the aisle, I think that’s a positive step in the right direction of trying to get things done and remove the roadblocks we see in Washington, D.C., when it comes to partisan divides,” Reed said then.
   Still, The Buffalo News reported at the time Reed’s embrace of the centrist organization didn’t sit well with his critics from both right and left.
   “It bothers me,” said New York Tea Party leader Rus Thompson. “He won’t have my support again.”
   Reed’s 2012 campaign opponent, Ithaca Democrat Nate Shinagawa, said then he was stunned at Reed’s announcement.
   “If he were truly a no-labels person, he wouldn’t have been going to tea party rallies the last three years,” Shinagawa said.
   Reed is expected to face tough opposition again this year from Martha Robertson, the Democratic chairwoman of the Tompkins County Legislature.





Live video: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announcing his budget plan

Paladino: 'I think Christie's done'

  By Robert J. McCarthy

   Buffalo's Carl P. Paladino isn't wavering in his views on national Republican politics, telling the Fox Business Network in an interview slated for Monday evening that he continues to be impressed by the likes of Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas.

   And what about Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, embroiled in the current "Bridgegate" scandal?

   "I think Christie's done," he said in excerpts from the program made available by Fox late Monday.

   More Paladino observations include his thoughts on the Republican Party:

   "It does put a lot more credibility in the thought that a guy like  Cruz or Marco Rubio or one of those guys will be our candidate in 2016," he said. "I think the Republican establishment is becoming irrelevant real quick and in the next couple years we are going to see them move a lot faster towards irrelevancies and stepping aside."

Monday's must-reads from Washington

By Jerry Zremski

WASHINGTON -- Today's top story, from the New York Times, looks at the tumultuous relationship between Chris Christie and MSNBC.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post examines the battle over Hillary Clinton's State Department legacy.

And off the beaten path, Politico tells the story behind the hit movie "Philomena."


Reed challenger files healthy campaign report


By Robert J. McCarthy

   Democrat Martha Robertson, the Tompkins County Legislature chairwoman expected to challenge Rep. Tom Reed this November, is gaining attention with a significant new total in her campaign account.

   Robertson’s campaign said Friday it will file a report showing she has raised more than $727,000 for the cycle and has more than $500,000 cash on hand. Her campaign said more than 3,500 people contributed, with nearly 60 percent of the funds coming from New York State.

   The Reed-Robertson race is predicted to rank as one of the nation's most watched this year. Reed is expected to file his totals later this month. 

Taking brief break from NY fundraisers, Cuomo heads west

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unveils his 2014 state budget plan.

But he's not sticking around long to sell it, as he heads to Los Angeles just two days later for a fundraiser whose hosts include insiders from the film industry, a group that has benefited greatly from the hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks the state has provided for films and tv shows shot in New York.

The New York Daily News reported this afternoon that couples who give $50,000 at the "intimate" California event will earn the title of "chair.'' Word of the fundraiser comes a day after the New York Public Interest Research Group said 45 percent of all money Cuomo's campaign account has taken in since he became governor has come from donors giving $40,000 or more apiece.

Cuomo reported this week his re-election account has $33.3 million on hand.

GOP to Cuomo: We agree with your tax claim

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo gave a campaign season sound clip to the Republicans this morning.

Talking during a radio interview about how years of big education aid increases haven't made New York's students the best-performing, Cuomo added that the state can't keep raising taxes to pay for large public school state aid hikes.

"We're the highest taxed state in the nation,'' Cuomo said.

It brought a we-told-you-so response from the state GOP.

"He acknowledged the same thing before he took office so essentially that's a tacit admission that he has failed to change New York's status as the tax capital,'' said David Laska, a spokesman for the state Republican Party.


Cuomo suggests right-wing Republicans might consider another state

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested today that “extreme’’ conservatives don’t fit in with the vast majority of New Yorkers.

“If they are extreme conservatives they have no place in the state of New York,’’ Cuomo said in a radio interview today.

Cuomo defined extreme as being what he called “anti-gay’’ for opposing same-sex marriage rights, opposed to abortion rights and favoring legalization of assault weapons.

The governor made his remarks in discussing what he called a battle within the state Republican Party between its conservative and moderate wings. “They are searching to find their soul,’’ he said of GOP leaders on both sides.

"Moderate Republicans have a place in this state,’’ said Cuomo, adding that he has cut deals with such moderates in the Legislature on an assortment of social and fiscal matters for the past three years.

Cuomo said people with far-right views regarding the social issues he raised with the interviewer on The Capitol Pressroom radio show represent just a small minority in New York.

On the issue of campaign finance, Cuomo dismissed as “baloney’’ issues about him raising so much of his re-election funds from deep pocket donors. The New York Public Interest Research group said Thursday that 45 percent of the money Cuomo has raised the past three years – he has, after expenses, $33.3 million in his re-election account – came from people and entities giving more than $40,000 apiece.

“I don’t care if someone gave me a ton of money or gave me no money. It makes no difference,’’ Cuomo said.

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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.

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.

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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