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New York Governor Candidate Paladino Threatens New York Post Editor Fred Dicker

Thu September 30 2010 8:40 am
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Republican gubernatorial contender Carl Paladino confronted New York Post State Editor Fred Dicker in Lake George, accusing him of sending reporters after his daughter.

Allegations that a photographer went near a window at the house of a 10-year-old girl while she was getting ready for dance rehearsal. The girl is apparently Paladino’s daughter from an extra-marital affair.

Paladino’s campaign has also accused Fred Dicker as having a bias promoting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo.

Carl Pasquale Paladino (born August 24, 1946) is an American businessman from Buffalo, New York. He was previously known for serving as Chief Executive Officer of Ellicott Development Company, a real estate development company he founded in 1973. Paladino has won the Republican nomination as a candidate for governor of New York. His candidacy has been supported by the Tea Party movement. Paladino’s campaign platform emphasizes fiscal reform in Albany and improvement of the state’s educational system.

In addition to his business developments, Paladino also is a senior managing partner in the law firm of Paladino, Cavan and Quinlivin, a firm that specializes in corporate and real estate law.

Paladino was honored in 1991 by the City of Buffalo as Buffalonian of the Year and in 1993 as Alumnus of the Year by St. Bonaventure University.

On April 5, 2010, Paladino officially entered the race for Governor of New York. Tom Ognibene, the former minority leader of the New York City Council, is his chosen running mate. At the state Republican convention, Paladino received 8 percent of the weighted vote; only delegates from Erie and Orleans counties voted for him. Paladino fell short of the 25 percent needed for automatic ballot access. Paladino had 3,000 volunteers circulating petitions in an effort to force a primary election. With a legal minimum requirement of 15,000 signatures to force a primary, he aimed for 40,000 signatures and submitted 28,000, enough of which were valid. Paladino went on to defeat Lazio in the primary election on September 14, 2010 with heavy support in his native Western New York. Paladino will compete in November against Democrat Andrew Cuomo and several other minor-party candidates, assuming that they all successfully petition their way onto the ballot.

Andrew Mark Cuomo (born December 6, 1957) is the New York State Attorney General. He was elected on November 7, 2006. Previously Cuomo was the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton between 1997 and 2001. Cuomo announced his intention to run for Governor of New York on May 22, 2010.

On September 18, 2009, advisors to President Barack Obama informed Paterson that the President believed Paterson should withdraw his 2010 gubernatorial candidacy, stepping aside for “popular Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.” On January 23, 2010, the New York Daily News reported that Cuomo would announce plans for a gubernatorial campaign at the end of March. Later reports indicated he would announce his gubernatorial campaign coinciding with the state Democratic Convention in late May. On May 22, 2010, Cuomo announced his run for governor in a video posted to his campaign website. Cuomo announced his choice for Lt. Governor on May 26, 2010; Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy was offered, and accepted, the position on the ticket alongside Cuomo.

Fredric Uberall “Fred” Dicker is a long time columnist for the New York Post. He is the state editor for New York since 1982 where he has covered Hugh Carey, Mario Cuomo, George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson.

Prior to 1982, Dicker was a state government reporter for the Albany Times Union, a morning daily newspaper owned by the Hearst Corporation. Just prior to the capital assignment, he covered the federal deportation trial for accused Nazi war criminal Vilis Hazners for the Times Union.

In October 1987, Dicker was shoved out of the offices of the New York State Assembly House Operations Committee by a senior aide to the then Assembly Speaker Mel Miller. A 2005 New York Observer story on Dicker stated that he is a “political institution in his own right” and his reporting “regularly drives news coverage”. Dicker broke the Troopergate scandal in July 2007 when New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office admonished Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer’s administration for ordering the State Police to create special records of Senate majority leader Joseph L. Bruno’s whereabouts when he traveled with police escorts in New York City.

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