Spin Cycle

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On Labor Day, ATU leader puts current events before history

Larry Hanley, the politically focused Amalgamated Transit Union international president from New York City, disputes the idea that the labor movement is consigned to history.

His Labor Day weekend message: “Some people believe that unions are no longer necessary, but even a minimal understanding of the growing income inequality in our countries makes it abundantly clear that workers need to...

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High court to take up North Hempstead-Nassau FIT fight

The Fashion Institute of Technology on West 27th

(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

A long-running tax dispute between the Town of North Hempstead and Nassau County is among the cases New York’s highest court will hear at the start of its 2014-15 session.

On Sept. 10, its second day in session, the Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on whether the county or the town must pay a share of the tuition for local students who attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in...

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Fordham University's a sure winner in governor's race

ALBANY -- Here’s a sure bet for the governor’s race: Fordham will win.That’s because all three major candidates have close ties to the Jesuit university in the Bronx.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo earned his bachelor’s degree there in 1979, Republican candidate Rob Astorino earned his bachelor’s degree in 1989, and Cuomo’s Democratic opponent, Zephyr Teachout, is an associate professor of law at Fordham...

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Suffolk's 12th LD: Kennedy blasts 'lying' in Democratic message

Suffolk Legis. John M. Kennedy in an undated

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Legis. John Kennedy says his Democratic foe for comptroller James Gaughran and his party have gone too far, attacking the work his wife Leslie does as his legislative aide.

Kennedy said he learned of what he termed a Democratic “push poll” from a Hauppauge constituent who had gotten a polling call which made a number of erroneous statements that attacked Kennedy’s spouse.

“You’ve got...

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B'khaven battle over Conservative slates results in resignation

A Conservative Party battle over competing committee slates has resulted in a Brookhaven Conservative committee member resigning from the party’s town executive committee and from his $40,000 town job as secretary to the zoning board of appeals.

Kenneth Auerbach, town co-leader, said that the committee member was asked to resign after a woman who purportedly signed paper objecting to committee...

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Suffolk supplants senior picnic with oldies concert

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone at his office

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

After nearly four decades, the Bellone administration is replacing Suffolk’s annual senior picnic with a free oldies concert Sept. 9 at the Patchogue Theater which will cost taxpayers more.

In the past week or so, a $6,400 county-paid mailing prominently headlining Bellone’s name went out to 22,000 homeowners 50 years and older in the 10 hamlet area around the theater, touting the free event...

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Cuomo spends big on TV ads, trip to Israel, court fight against primary challenger

ALBANY -- This summer, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo faced a headline-grabbing challenger in the Sept. 9 primary, but his fundraising apparently hasn’t suffered.

Cuomo raised $602,777 in the last 19 days, spent $2.4 million on TV ads, polls and a trip to Israel, and still has $30.5 million left in his campaign account, according to filings with the state Board of Elections Friday. He began the...

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'Not trying to be trivial,' Rep. Peter King bops Obama over tan suit

President Barack Obama makes a statement at the

(Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong)

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) criticized President Barack Obama for wearing a tan suit to a news conference Thursday where he was to address serious issues (see video below starting at 1:40).

"There's no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday," the maybe-presidential candidate and veteran Congressman said in an interview posted on the NewsMax TV site. "When you have the world...

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Teachout: Pull plug on Cuomo overhaul of LIPA (Updates)

Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout slammed one of Gov.

(Credit: AP)

ALBANY — Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout on Friday slammed one of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's most-prized initiatives by calling for a reversal of what she claims was an unconstitutional reorganization of the Long Island Power Authority.

"We have to undo the private control of Long Island's energy infrastructure and put control of that infrastructure in the hands of the people," she said. The...

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Wisdom, tenancy and liberty touted in ad-hoc fall ballot labels

If nothing else, there's a diversity of labels.

Peek a bit past this primary season to the November general election. Once the major-party statewide nominations are settled, voters bent on breaking from the partisan status quo will have a few alternative parties and candidates to choose from.

They range from the lefty Green Party, which won back its automatic ballot status four years...

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