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Christian M. Wade has covered politics and government for nearly 15 years. He cut his teeth as a journalist overseas, beginning in the West Indies and later China. He has reported for major U.S. news organizations such as the Associated Press, United Press International and most recently The Tampa Tribune, where he covered state and municipal government, including preparations for the 2012 Republican National Convention. He joined Newsday in March 2012.
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State Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R-Goldens Bridge) has picked up an endorsement from a statewide environmental advocacy group.
On Wednesday, the New York League of Conservation Voters said it was throwing its support behind the Republican in his re-election bid for the newly configured 93th Assembly district, which includes a large swath of northeastern Westchester County.
Castelli,...Read more »
The campaign to rebuild Rockland County's cash-strapped no-kill animal shelter is under way and organizers are reaching out to the community for assistance. A public meeting will be held Thursday at Clarkstown Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. where organizers will update residents about the plans and enlist volunteers for committees that will be overseeing fundraising efforts as well as political and public...Read more »
Westchester County's newly created Local Development Corporation on Friday approved $44 million in tax-exempt financing for projects at Northern Westchester Hospital and the Rippowam Cisqua School, the first funding proposals approved by the agency this year.
Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco will get $36 million in tax-free bonds for a project that includes the design, construction...Read more »
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is hailing a move to begin auctioning off surplus city items online, boasting more than $44,000 in sales to date.
Spano launched the eBay site 10 days ago as part of a revenue-generating plan to sell off surplus vehicles and other items that have been gathering dust in city warehouses. The items sold so far include used cameras, computers and traffic signals, as well...Read more »
Add Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester) to the growing list of Democratic lawmakers pushing for new regulations on military-style weaponry, in the wake of last week's massacre in Colorado.
Lowey, who is running for reelection in November, fired off a news release on Tuesday calling for a reinstatement of the federal assault weapons ban, which lapsed in 2004.
“Even more Americans...Read more »
When it comes to bond ratings in New York, Westchester County wears the crown. Last week, the top three ratings agencies -- Moody’s Investment Service, Standard & Poors and Fitch Ratings -- affirmed the county's triple A rating. The ratings are significant as the county expects to refinance $20.7 million in debt and expects to save about $1 million in interest payments because of the ranking....Read more »
In the wake the Colorado theater massacre, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) suggested Monday that Congress might consider banning assault weapons and military-style ammunition, while cracking down on online ammunition sales.
The New York senator, who is running for her first full six-year term, said she believes Congress needs to do something to keep military-style weaponry off the market,...Read more »
Republican congressional candidate Joe Carvin is challenging longtime Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester) to a series of debates on the economy ahead of the Nov 6 election. Carvin, 57, a Rye Town supervisor, is running against Lowey for the 17th Congressional seat.
"This is the most important election of our lifetime," Carvin said in a statement Wednesday. "It is critically important...Read more »
GOP Senate candidate Diane DiDonato-Roth is declaring her "independence" from the Westchester County Republican Party.
The North Castle councilwoman, who is running for the 37th Senate District seat occupied by Democrat Suzi Oppenheimer, submitted signatures -- 1,776 of them -- to run on the Republican line in the Sept. 13 primary.
The number is meant to represent the year...Read more »
Got a question for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino?
The Republican leader will hold a Town Hall meeting for residents and business owners in the Pelham area on Wednesday July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Daronco Town House. The hour-long town hall meeting will be moderated by Pelham Town Supervisor Peter DiPaola.
Astorino will give an update on the progress his administration is making...Read more »