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Mastic mayor recounts surprise call from NY Rising

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino talks to superstorm

(Credit: James Carbone)

The mayor of Mastic Beach said he hadn’t heard from anyone from New York Rising since March — until Thursday, just before GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino stopped by to talk to homeowners frustrated with the state’s post-Sandy bureaucracy.

Mayor Bill Biondi said the call came from a New York Rising supervisor for the local area, whom he declined to name. She said she had heard Astorino...

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Esposito, Croci trade barbs over Brentwood dumping scandal

     Democrat Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito on Thursday sought to link Republican Tom Croci to a toxic dumping scandal at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood.

  Republicans, noting that Croci was on active duty with the U.S. Navy, when the issue broke, called it a “desperate” attempt by Esposito to generate news coverage.

  The sparring is just latest...

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Congress: Zeldin says he would vote for U.S. House to sue Obama

State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), the Republican candidate running against Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), said he would have voted to authorize House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to sue President Barack Obama for overreaching.But Zeldin is the only Republican congressional challenger on Long Island to say how he would have voted yesterday, when Republicans approved the authorization in a largely...

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Cuomo says he talked to ‘relevant parties’ about Moreland

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks about ongoing economic

(Credit: AP / The Buffalo News, John Hickey)

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday confirmed he had discussed public criticism of his role in his corruption commission with “relevant parties” he wouldn’t name, and won’t comment further during a federal investigation.

Cuomo confirmed a letter from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara first reported by The New York Times that advises Moreland commissioners to refrain from further comment....

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Law professor says U.S. attorney’s letter revives questions about Moreland conflict

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ALBANY -- A reported letter from the U.S. attorney’s office shows concern about recent comments by Moreland Commission members statement during a federal investigation.

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office sent a letter to the attorney for the Moreland Commission on public corruption after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and some...

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3rd S.D.: Fritz petitions survive Senate Democrats' objections

Democratic State Senate contender Joseph Fritz withstood objections raised by the Senate Democratic campaign at the Suffolk Board of Elections to knock him off the primary ballot in the third district.

The election commissioners late Wednesday voted unanimously that Fritz had more than the 1,000 signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot. Fritz, who filed more...

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De Blasio on Cuomo's Moreland fiasco: I'm too busy with city business to pay attention

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he’s just too busy with city business to pay attention to controvery over whether Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo meddled in the work of his anti-corruption panel.

“I’m not following it because I have a lot of other things to do. I try to keep up a bit with the world, but when I look at the media, I am focused on the things that affect the City of New York directly,...

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Good-government advocate says Cuomo’s response falls short

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks about ongoing economic

(Credit: AP / The Buffalo News, John Hickey)

ALBANY -- Good-government advocate Blair Horner says Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s explanation Monday that he was simply advising his corruption commission, not interfering or steering it, falls short of what the public deserves.

“What should have been a legacy of fighting public corruption has become yet another symbol of Albany’s dysfunction,” said Horner of the New York Public Interest Research...

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Astorino goes there: Compares Cuomo to ‘mafia boss’

ALBANY _ Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino hit a sensitive nerve with the Cuomo family Monday by saying  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo acted like a “mafia boss” by meddling with a corruption commission.

Cuomo on Monday said he was simply advising the Moreland Commission on public corruption that he created.

Astorino didn’t buy it.

“To suggest that he was suggesting to...

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It's all show biz: House Speaker John Boehner uses Billy Joel titles to spoof Obama

This July 24, 2014, file photo shows Speaker

(Credit: AP)

House Speaker John Boehner's office chooses to riff, in a release on Friday from his office, on the Library of Congress honoring Billy Joel by taking light-hearted shots at the Obama administration using various of his song titles.

Usage of this kind has been going on for quite a while. Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is friends with the Piano Man, who appears in ads to boost New York State....

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