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January 19, 2014

GLYNN: If Trump runs, it's sure to be a short race

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Niagara Gazette — The Cox letter had barely been mailed when — to no one’s surprise — former GOP senator Al D’Amato, now a lobbyist still feeding at the trough, endorsed Cuomo for re-election. On the local front, you can expect state Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston, among other Republicans in the Western New York delegation at Albany, to support the incumbent, although not through any formal endorsement. Ceretto, of course, has made it clear on many occasions that he is enamored with the governor.

Maziarz is reticent to say anything negative about Trump. “I’ve never really met him,” the senator said, noting that the Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino also is among those expected to enter the governor’s race. The latter would have little appeal to voters in Western New York or other upstate communities.

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OFF THE PRESS: “Western New York Steel,” by Spencer D. Morgan (Arcadia Publishing Co., 126 pages, paperback, $21.99) is a splendid addition to that popular and informative Images of America series.

From the impressive Lackawanna Building, known as the “North” or “Old Main” Office Building, to the open-hearth furnaces charged with molten iron and the apartments and company housing in Ridge Road Village, this inexpensive book focuses on the rise and fall of the steel industry in the area, from 1900 to the early 1980s.

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ACROSS THE BORDER: The bizarre saga of Toronto’s flamboyant and erratic mayor, “Crazy: The Rob Ford Story,” by Robin Doolittle, will be published in early February. She’s one of the Toronto Star reporters who viewed Ford’s crack video. Meanwhile, Olivia Chow, widow of Jack Layton and a former city council member, continues to overwhelm Ford in the early opinion polls for the Toronto mayoralty race next fall.

In more news from up north, according to the Goldman Sachs forecast for 2014, the Canadian dollar (the Loonie) will be worth 88 cents (U.S.) for most of the year. It probably would have to decline much sharper to adversely impact the present flow of cross-border shoppers.

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