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The Informer: Second edition

A slow political week for The Informer except for U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei playing tooth fairy. With a U.S. DOT bureaucrat as his wing man Maffei delivered some $8 million for the long-awaited downtown bus station.

Gratitude was everywhere. Most notably grateful was Frank Kobliski, Centro executive director. "It's a great day," Kobliski is quoted as saying. "When I first was told of this not even two days ago, I was almost speechless." Ditto for The Informer.

Maffei's Republican opponent, ex-Syracuse Common Council member, Ann Marie Beurkle, meanwhile, was on patrol for votes at Seneca River Days over the past weekend. Who knew?

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Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, a Republican candidate for governor, announced he will appear with other statewide Republican candidates on an independent ballot line called "Taxpayers."

Thousands of volunteers will begin canvassing the state of New York this week, he says, gathering signatures to create the line and place the candidates' names on the general election ballot.

Republican Gary Berntsen has joined the Taxpayers party in his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillebrand's opponent, GOP economist David Malpass, added his name to the Taxpayers line. Paladino's pick for Lt. Governor, Thomas Ognibene, is also on the Taxpayers petition.

"... the people are fed up. But they're also scared; they feel no sense of hope for the future," Paladino said.

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Juilliard-trained State Senate candidate Andrew Russo, a Republican, is expected to announce that he has raised "well over $200,000" in the race for the 49th District seat currently held by three-term incumbent David Valesky. Russo is pleased with where his fundraising efforts now stand, especially since he is new to politics.

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Republican candidate for the 23rd Congressional District, Matt Doheny called Democrat U.S. Rep. Bill Owens' acceptance of the Working Families Party endorsement "troubling," because of the organization's focus on New York City issues and residents.

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