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By that time, more than 2 years will have elapsed since media outlets, including the Associated Press, requested the e-mails. Mrs. Palin has been out of office since July 2009.

A work plan submitted to the new attorney general, John Burns, says the Department of Law plans to assign two people to review the records full time, including a former assistant attorney general with whom the department will contract. According to the plan submitted by public records officer Linda Perez, the cost will be $120,000.

Mr. Burns’ predecessor had granted extensions in the past.


Green, Conservative parties ready newfound clout

ALBANY | The new year will bring a stronger voice for conservatives, once on New York’s endangered list, and for liberals with an environmental bent after gains they made in the November elections.

The big winners were the Green Party, which will be listed on ballots for the next four years, and the Conservative Party, which seized the No. 3 spot on ballots, behind Democrats and Republicans, also for the next four years.

A party needs to tally at least 50,000 votes in the governor’s race to be guaranteed a spot on ballots and avoid having to petition for them.

Many political observers had written off the Conservative Party as the blue state approached a 2-to-1 enrollment advantage for Democrats. Yet the Conservatives tallied 232,263 votes on their ballot line for Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate they endorsed in the governor’s race.

“It certainly is a stronger position,” said state Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long. “We moved up, and the Working Families Party moved up. I would give them credit … . The reason we moved up is because both parties represent something.”

It’s the first time the Conservative Party is on the top rung of minor parties since 1998. In New York, all major and minor party votes for a candidate are added together, giving minor parties more clout than in many other states.

The Green Party pulled 59,928 votes. Their effort was led by the strong performance by the party’s candidate for governor, Howie Hawkins, in the only debate of the campaign. An eye-catching TV and Internet ad had New Yorkers asking, “Where are the [expletive] jobs?” Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and former Green Party presidential nominee, also stumped for Mr. Hawkins in New York.


Senator: Update miners’ families

CHARLESTON | Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV is asking the Obama administration to update the families of miners killed in West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine explosion on the government’s investigation.

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