Political points to ponder on a frigid February forenoon:
* It appears the entire New York political world is on hold until Albany draws new boundary lines for legislative and congressional districts, as well as establishing a date for primary elections.
Take Republicans Barry Weinstein -- the Amherst supervisor -- and Chris Collins the former county executive. Both are quietly exploring a congressional campaign this year. But both are hamstrung by the absence of definite lines, leaving both in limbo about what district -- and what opponent -- might lie in their future.
A third candidate pondering a run in the district now represented by Democrat Kathy Hochul -- Iraq War veteran David Bellavia -- appears committed no matter what.
But do not discount the seriousness of either Collins or Weinstein. Both have money and name recognition. Weinstein has always wanted to serve in Congress, and Collins will tell anybody who will listen that he won all the towns in the Erie County portion of the Hochul district last November. Those around the former county executive expect "buyer's remorse" to aid any congressional effort. They predict Collins' successor will encounter budget problems just in time for the fall election.
* Local Republicans need a scorecard to keep track of team rosters this year. Just as 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino announced he will target State Sen. Mark Grisanti of Buffalo, the Republican incumbent last week hired former Paladino spokeswoman Robin Wolfgang as director of legislative and public affairs. And it is no secret that Michael Caputo, once Paladino's top adviser, has been quietly and unofficially helping Grisanti, according to several sources.
* Speaking of the Grisanti district, much has been made in some quarters about the efforts of Kitty Lambert -- a same-sex marriage advocate and head of a group called Grisanti Grassroots to register about 300 sympathizers in the Conservative Party. The idea would be to build support for Grisanti in the minor party should he face a primary over his 2011 vote in favor of same-sex marriage.
But Erie County Conservative Chairman Ralph Lorigo says about one-third of those new Conservatives hail from Niagara County, which is not expected to be part of the new district. And he points out that Conservative honcho Billy Delmont signed up another 200 Conservatives himself over the past few months. Those new Conservatives may not be as enthusiastic about the Grisanti vote.
* It is conceivable that designating petitions could begin circulating on March 20 if a June primary is set for New York State. But even with the political season potentially upon us, there is nary a whisper about a potential GOP opponent this November for Democratic District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
Will Republicans cross-endorse Sedita?
"Everything is on the table," said GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy.
* Democrat Chris Fahey said he knocked on his 11,000th door last week in his effort to succeed Mark Schroeder in the Assembly via a March 20 special election. He will face South Council Member Mickey Kearns -- a Democrat with GOP backing -- in a contest that just about everybody calls a close one.
* Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter of Clarence should be sending thank you notes to predecessor Jim Hayes. Some pols retain their campaign funds for "political purposes" after leaving office, but campaign finance records show Hayes dumped $110,000 from his fund into the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee. That contribution financed much of the RACC's efforts for Walter's special election in November -- a key factor in a close race against Democrat Craig Bucki.