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Bharara says he’s pursuing investigation into Albany’s culture of greed, corruption

ALBANY _ U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Wednesday that he has several active investigations into Albany which he described as sometimes looking like “the intersection of ambition and greed.”

In his interview on public radio’s “Capitol Pressroom” he wouldn’t comment on the Moreland Commission begun and shut down by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Press reports have carried claims that top Cuomo...

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Cuomo lead dips, but negative ads hurting Astorino

Going into their first and only scheduled televised

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Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s lead over Republican Rob Astorino has declined eight points, though his negative ad blitz has taken a toll on his rival, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday morning just hours before the one televised debate of the campaign.

Cuomo leads Astorino 54 percent to 33 percent, an eight-point drop over the last month, according to the new Siena College...

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Cuomo campaign, publisher using email list to promote book

A publishing company confirmed Tuesday that it is using Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s campaign email list to promote the governor’s new memoir.

HarperCollins “rented the list for a one-time use to promote his book,” Harper spokeswoman Tina Adreadis said in an email. She didn’t disclose the number of recipients or the cost the publisher paid to the Cuomo campaign.

Bill Mahoney, who analyzes...

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Cuomo signs Weisenberg bill to teach CPR in schools

ALBANY _ Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday ordered that cardiopulmonary resuscitation be taught in high schools by signing one of the final bills sponsored by Assmb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) before his retirement.

“By teaching students these critically important skills, we are giving them the tools to literally save lives,” Cuomo said. “I am proud to sign this bill into law because it...

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NY amends post-Prohibition law to encourage alcohol sales

ALBANY -- New York wants to help get you your next drink.

A bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday amends state policy that has regulated alcoholic beverages for decades. Under the amended law, New York will also officially promote the growing beer, wine and liquor industries in New York.

The law revises a post-Prohibition measure which, since 1934, regulated the sale of...

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UPDATE: Bill Clinton to rally Democrats for Rep. Tim Bishop

Former President Bill Clinton talks with students at

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With slightly less than two weeks before Election Day, former President Bill Clinton will headline a campaign rally Wednesday night for Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop, who is in a tight race against Republican State Sen. Lee Zeldin.

The rally, at the Staller Center at Stony Brook University, will be Clinton’s second appearance in support of Bishop (D-Southampton). Clinton held a similar rally...

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GOP AG candidate would revisit drug law reforms to target dealers; Update

Republican lawyer John Cahill, left, is challenging Democratic

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(Updates with comment from Schneiderman's campaign)

ALBANY -- Republican candidate for attorney general John Cahill said Tuesday that he wants to revise some of the major drug law repeals over the last decade so he can give law enforcers the tools they need to target heroin dealers.

“As I travel around the state, probably the issue I hear most is the issue of heroin,” Cahill told reporters...

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NY top court reinstates defamation lawsuit against Syracuse's Boeheim

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim on March 4,

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New York’s top court on Tuesday reinstated a defamation lawsuit against Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim, in a claim linked to allegations about Bernie Fine, the coach’s longtime assistant.

The Court of Appeals, in a 6-0 decision, refused a request from Boeheim’s lawyer to dismiss the suit. Instead, the court sent the case back to a trial court.

The case involves allegations made...

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Gloria Steinem urges a Cuomo vote -- but on the WFP line

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has weighed in on one side of the WEP-versus-WFP rivalry, urging voters to back Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on the Working Families Party line. The Cuomo campaign's ersatz Women's Equality Party also bears his name, as does the Independence line, and it's a competition because a party needs 50,000 votes for governor to maintain automatic ballot status for four years.


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1st C.D.: In ad, conservative group lashes Bishop to Obamacare frustration

In this ad, the conservative group American Action Network tries to hang Obamacare around Rep. Tim Bishop's neck with angry testimonials.



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