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Today in City Hall: 'Coffee Rich' renovations face approval

By Jill Terreri

Good morning, 

Today is shaping up to be a busy day in City Hall. 

UPDATE: Mayor Byron W. Brown will annouce plans for a spring gun buyback at 11 a.m. today at police headquarters.

Plans to transform an old building used for refrigeration near the I-190 downtown will go before the Planning Board at 8:15 a.m. today.

Ellicott Development is planning offices, apartments, a restaurant and small banquet facility in the old "Coffee Rich" building at 199 Scott St., which also features a political billboard. 

The board will also hear about plans for a new restaurant and apartment at 3233 Bailey Ave., and a request for an outdoor cafe and patio at Bertha's, 1416 Hertel Ave.

Meanwhile, the Common Council's committees will also meet today.

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Paladino directs harshest rhetoric at fellow Republicans

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos is a "bum" who should get a job in a car wash. Sen. Mark Grisanti is a "misery'' from the Buffalo area who is "owned'' by lobbyist Al D'Amato and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. And key Senate Republicans, including Sen. George Maziarz, are Republicans "in name only.''

So goes the verbal venom from Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, who lost the 2010 gubernatorial campaign running on the GOP line, on his visit to Albany Tuesday.

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Round 2 of Paladino v Dicker: A tad bit more tame

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Carl Paladino acknowledges, in his words, he can be “impulsive.”

So a short while after he finished up talking to some reporters on the third floor of the state Capitol this morning, he likely couldn’t resist giving New York Post state columnist Fred Dicker the middle finger as he walked by his office.

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Audio: Paladino in Albany

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Buffalo businessman and 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is at the Capitol today leading a rally against the state’s new gun control law.

In this interview from this morning, Paladino talks about the shortcomings of Albany, the lack of transparency in the Cuomo administration, what he sees as the further decline of the Republican Party, the downside of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for upstate casino expansion and on the prospects he may try a second run against Cuomo in 2014.

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The Read: Political chatter from elsewhere

Each Saturday on the Politics Now blog you'll find a list of stories that caught the eyes of The News' political reporters. Here's a sampling of what they were reading this week:

-- "The nation’s 10 most popular governors — and why," by Aaron Blake, Washington Post's The Fix. When it comes to White House ruminations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his job right now is being governor. But that doesn't stop his campaign committee from reminding folks from time to time that 2016 is only a couple of political bus stops down the road. This week's Cuomo 2016 entry comes not from our eagle eyes, but courtesy of a "Dear Friend" email blast from the Andrew Cuomo Committee.

-- "Cuomo turns to Albany to stock his cabinet," by Kenneth Lovett, New York Daily News. Former Assemblyman Sam Hoyt is among a list of former lawmakers whose appointments to Cuomo's cabinet have raised eyebrows in political circles.

-- “Paladino hunger striker plans anti-mandate walkabout” by Casey Seiler, Albany Times Union. A Carl Paladino supporter -- who once picketed outside the studios of a Fox News host who wouldn’t have Paladino on the air -- is at it again. Tea Party activist Tom Cavanagh was looking last week for the media to take notice of a planned walk for mandate relief, Seiler writes on the Capitol Confidential blog.

-- "Chart of the Day: How the Rosen-Romney Feud Played Out on Twitter," by David A. Graham, The Atlantic. We all know about the 24-hour news cycle. But what about the Twitter news cycle? The Atlantic takes a look at the rise and fall of tweets-per-minute in the hours after Ann Romney took to Twitter to respond to Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's comment that she had "never worked a day in her life."

The Read: What they're saying about WNY

From Kathy Hochul to Carl Paladino, and from hydrofracking to school aid, people and policies tied to Western New York made news elsewhere this week. Here's a roundup of some political headlines from outside the area.

Politico was one of many national outlets that picked up on the story of Rep. Kathy Hochul and her comments about her rationale for supporting President Obama's contraception mandate. (Our Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski tackled it here.) "Freshman New York Rep. Kathy Hochul is getting a taste of the feverish town hall angst that boiled up and over in 2010," writes Politico's David Catanese -- Hochul feels wrath of the town hall, Feb. 28

Carl Paladino's run for governor was a teachable moment, at least in one way, for Republicans in Onondaga County, according to Capital Tonight. County GOP Chairman Tom Dadey said he is looking for a greater share of the weighted vote at the state Republican convention. “The next time we run a gubernatorial candidate against the Democrats, we’re going to run somebody from Onondaga County,” Liz Benjamin quotes Dadey as saying. “A lot of people voted for Carl Paladino -– all walks of life -– on the Republican line -– and Erie County is the largest county.”-- Erie County Envy, Feb. 28

The New York Daily News' Daily Politics blog notes that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his support for hydraulic fracturing -- but only in certain places in the state. "Bloomberg gave it a thumbs up –- so long as it is not near the New York City watershed or any of the vital conduits that bring water into the five boroughs," writes Glenn Bain. -- Mayor Bloomberg Supports Fracking Outside NYC Watershed, Feb. 29

Rochester officials want a boost in school aid from the state, bringing what the city receives more into line with what other places -- like Buffalo -- get. They've formed a new group called Building a Better Rochester to help their push. -- Mayor Richards, other Rochester leaders seek state aid parity, March 1


About Politics Now

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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