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Poll: Half of NYers still not following Moreland case, but more not pleased

ALBANY -- Nearly half of New Yorkers still aren’t following the Moreland Commission corruption conflict in Albany, but the latest poll shows the growing number who are don’t like what they’ve heard.

The Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday said 50 percent of voters disapprove of the way Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is handling ethics in government. In May, 48 percent approved of way Cuomo...

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Astorino offers to debate Cuomo rival

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Wednesday if Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo won't debate Democrat primary foe Zephyr Teachout, he will.

Astorino, the Westchester County executive, said New Yorkers deserve a debate on the issues. So far, Cuomo has ignored calls for debates. Cuomo also has launched a lawsuit aimed at disqualifying Teachout, a Fordham University professor, from the...

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Cuomo still holds big lead over Astorino, despite Moreland controversy

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo continues to hold a

(Credit: AP)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo continues to hold a sizable lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino, despite assigning the governor a good chunk of the blame in the recent controversy about an anti-corruption commission, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The Quinnipiac University poll found that Cuomo, a Democrat, leads Astorino 56 percent to 28 percent among the 1,034 registered New York...

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Bishop, Zeldin spar over Allen West, Common Core

Labor Day may be the traditional start for fall campaigns, but Republican state Sen. Lee Zeldin and Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop are already swinging away at each other a week early in the battle for the 1st District congressional seat.

Bishop (D-Southampton) on Tuesday attacked  Zeldin for planning to have tea party-backed former Republican congressman Allen West as a “special guest” at...

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Astorino calls for tax cuts, natural gas, and high-tech and agriculture startups

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, center, outlines his

(Credit: AP / Kristopher Radder)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino unveiled a jobs plan Tuesday that calls for cutting taxes and regulations, increasing high-tech and agriculture and allowing hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas.

Astorino also would renew the operating license of the Indian Point nuclear plant in Westchester County, eliminate highway tolls for agricultural trucks and use a $3.6 billion...

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Senate GOP, Dems use history to predict dire futures

ALBANY -- In the fight over control of New York’s Senate, a pair of history lessons were offered Tuesday.

Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) in an “open letter to New York” warned against turning over full control of the chamber to “a small, radical faction of avowed leftists.”

By 2011, after a two-year reign by Democrats, Skelos said: “That Democrat majority had run up...

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C.D.3: Israel slams Lally over ties to Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) took aim Monday at GOP opponent Grant Lally’s ties to Gov. Rick Perry, as the Texas Republican faces abuse of power charges.

Israel’s campaign released a YouTube video where Lally touts to the audience at a Republican primary forum that he served as New York vice-chair for Perry’s 2012 Republican presidential bid.

“I think he’s done a great job down in...

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Rep. Pete King, NY Dem Chair David Paterson to go to Israel next week

Rep. Peter King said today that he and former New York Gov. David Paterson next week will join the stream of American politicians going to Israel to show solidarity against Hamas.

King, the Seaford Republican, and Paterson, chairman of the New York State Democratic Party, will fly out Sunday night and return next Thursday, King said.

During the 50 hours they will actually be in Israel,...

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4th Congressional District: Rice calls on Blakeman to endorse mimimum wage hike

Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice called on Republican opponent Bruce Blakeman to join her in endorsing a federal minimum wage increase on Monday.

At a news conference in Garden City, Rice, running against Blakeman in New York’s 4th Congressional District, asked him to co-sign a letter she wrote calling on leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce to approve...

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Kennedy to hold first fund-raiser

John Kennedy Jr. on July 24, 2014.

(Credit: Richard T. Slattery)

Suffolk legislative minority leader John Kennedy Jr., a last-minute entry to the county comptroller's race, will hold his first fundraiser — a $250 a head event — Tuesday night at Windows on the Lake in Ronkonkoma.

Kennedy is hoping the fete will draw 100 donors, and expects to raise enough money to show that he'll be a competitive candidate in the fall. He said invitations for the event went...

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