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The Read: What they're saying about WNY

From the local home for cargo planes to the ongoing aftermath of the same-sex marriage vote, our local pols, political issues and policies are making news elsewhere. Here's a quick look at a few of the highlights.

With a new round of military base closings on the horizon, The Hill's Kevin Bogardus says lobbyists are gearing up for work from community's looking to save their installations. Bogardus' reports that a number of lobbying firms are starting to hear from former clients. He mentions Hyjek & Fix, who still represents the Niagara Military Affairs Council, which worked to help save the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. -- Defense lobbyists mobilize for Obama administration's round of base closures, The Hill.

The Albany Times Union's Jimmy Vielkind reported from the state Conservative Party's political action conference, where a network of evangelical Christians said they would be taking aim at State Senate Republicans who voted in favor of same-sex marriage last year, including Western New York's Mark Grisanti. --Conservatives air primary issues, Albany Times Union

City & State's The Notebook blog reports that the Rev. Al Sharpton and others are taking issue with proposed redistricting lines upstate -- including in Buffalo -- which would would "unfairly divide up black communities." Al Sharpton: Senate GOP 'Treating us like dogs after crumbs', The Notebook

The Associated Press looked at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's upcoming run for re-election, which was published before The News' Bob McCarthy wrote that challenger Marc Cenedella was dropping out of the race. Republicans have high hopes that a win over Gillibrand is possible for them, the AP reports. 2 Senate runs in 2 years: NY's Gillibrand gears up, Assocated Press

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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.

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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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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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