Republican Ben Carson formally dropped his bid for the presidency by suspending his campaign after not participating in last night’s debate.

No longer a candidate for president, Carson already has a new job.

In a technical move that could be viewed as a prerequisite to announcing an independent bid for the presidency, former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s personal website was recently transferred to an independent web server — away from servers run by his company.

The Buffalo News has partnered with – a Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website run by the Tampa Bay Times – to launch PolitiFact New York, which will augment the political and government coverage already provided by The News’ Albany bureau chief, Tom Precious.

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky: “Let us begin by establishing that public discussion of Presidential penis size was not invented by Donald Trump or Marco Rubio, nor is it a particular fixation of Republicans.”

Wendy Long officially accepted the designation of the Republican committee in New York to take on U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer this fall.

Westchester County Executive and 2014 GOP gubernatorial contender Rob Astorino may not count himself among Donald Trump’s endorsers, but he believes the billionaire developer’s candidacy has brought excitement to the race that the Democrats lack.

“(Gov. Andrew) Cuomo, like several other prominent Democrats, has taken a hefty amount of campaign cash from Mr. Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, over the years. And he’d rather not talk about it.”

Rep. Chris Collins has endorsed Trump for president, but has no plans to take a formal role with the campaign.

More than a dozen county GOP chairs in New York have endorsed Trump’s bid for the presidency.

The New York-based lawsuit over Trump University continues to dog the Republican frontrunner.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz wants to make it illegal for pharmacies – as well as any retailers that contain pharmacies – to sell tobacco and e-cigarette products.

The state chipped in more than $119,000 for the inaugural concert at the Lakeview Amphitheater last summer. The county comptroller says that’s a “bailout,” but the county executive said it’s routine for concerts held during the New York State Fair.

Gawker picked up WGRZ’s story about how much Cuomo administration spokespeople make to tell members of the media not very much at all.

The new pro-Common Core parents group includes some familiar faces.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan says he backs more transparency when it comes to the off-budget discretionary spending.

More school districts across the state continue to eye overriding the state’s cap on property tax increases.

If Chinese leaders take the advice of a U.S. delegation that visited Beijing this week, tourists from China (population 1.3 billion) will visit the iconic Syracuse Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to sample “some of the best barbecue in the world.”

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against New York State’s tax department arguing that it is unlawfully taxing tampons and other feminine hygiene products.

Thirty-five years ago today, Gov. Hugh Carey infamously declared he would drink from a glass of PCBs.