Spin Cycle

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In key race, Esposito, Croci trade blows over taxes

  Democratic State Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito announced Tuesday she backs a series of tax-relief bills that have had bipartisan support while bashing Republican opponent Tom Croci for hiking taxes as Islip town supervisor in 2013, an increase Croci has blamed on his Democrat predecessor.

  Croci fired back, defending his record in Islip and blaming state Democrats for the...

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Astorino’s son slams Cuomo for altering Astorino family photo in attack ad

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's son, Sean, slams

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ALBANY -- The 11-year-old son of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is featured in an Internet video in which he berates Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over an attack ad that used a doctored Astorino family photo.

“It was one of my favorite pictures ever with my dad,” Sean Astorino said of the photo of the two at a Miami Dophins game.

Erie County Democrats ran a TV ad during...

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Green campaign seeks liberal vote to pressure Cuomo

ALBANY -- Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins said he’s seeking a growing liberal vote for governor and points to a recent poll that shows he may be getting some traction.

A poll by upstate WWNY-TV/7 and Siena College last week of the 21st Congressional District in northern New York reported Hawkins would get 12 percent of the vote for governor among those polled.

Minor party candidates...

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C.D. 3: Steve Israel airs first TV ad of campaign (video below)

Rep. Steve Israel speaks at a rally at

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Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) who is facing a challenge from Republican attorney Grant Lally for New York’s 3rd Congressional District, released his first TV ad of the election season on Monday.

In a 30-second spot, set to air on local cable channels, Israel takes the wheel of a car and says “the middle class isn’t looking for a free ride, it’s just looking for a fair shot.”


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Biz council scores state legislators

The New York State Business Council, an influential lobby, issued its legislative report card Monday. As typical, Republicans scored higher than Democrats. For a list of the lobby's issues and grading methods, click here. Below are the grades it gave members of the Long Island delegation for the 2014 legislative session (based on a 100-point scale)


Kemp Hannon (R-Garden...

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8th S.D.: Biggest state workers' union backs Venditto against Denenberg

Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) announced his endorsement Monday by the Civil Service Employees Association, the largest of the state-employees' unions, against Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), in the race to succeed Republican Charles Fuschillo Jr., who quit the Senate nine months ago.

CSEA, which has tangled since 2011 with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, isn't endorsing in the governor's...

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4th C.D.: Blakeman knocks Rice for new fundraising committee

Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman is seizing on his opponent’s formation of a new joint-fundraising committee and its use of a veteran political treasurer who once admitted campaign finance violations.

The Kathleen Rice Victory Fund, supporting the 4th District bid of the Nassau district attorney, was formed late last month by Rice’s primary campaign account and the New York...

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Astorino to release taxes, counters Cuomo on transparency

Republican challenger Rob Astorino, left, and Gov. Andrew

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ALBANY — Republican Rob Astorino said Monday that he will comply with Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo’s demand to publicly release personal income tax returns, but then upped the ante in a battle over which candidate for governor is a champion of transparency in government.

Cuomo’s campaign on Monday demanded that Astorino release five years of income tax returns to detail how he has earned more...

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Cuomo campaign demands Astorino release income tax returns

ALBANY _ Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is demanding that Republican challenger Rob Astorino release five years of income tax returns to detail how he has earned more than $30,000 in outside income from media companies.

Astorino has been a paid consultant to a media company, Town Square Media of Connecticut. Astorino, the Westchester County executive, is a former broadcaster. Cuomo’s campaign...

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Suffolk police unions set to endorse AG Schneiderman

Suffolk law enforcement unions are picking AG Eric

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A Suffolk County police coalition is endorsing Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for re-election.

The announcement expected Monday cites Schneiderman’s “tough and smart approach to tackling crime.”

The endorsement comes from the Suffolk County PBA, the Suffolk County Detective Association, the Suffolk County Superior Officers Association, the Suffolk County Detective Investigators...

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