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Countering a proposal by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Republicans put their weight behind a bill to authorize up to five new upstate casinos over the next four years and video slot machines at off-track betting facilities on Long Island.
The GOP's proposal, outlined in a bill unveiled Thursday, puts Long Island in play as lawmakers try to agree on gambling expansion proposals before the end...Read more »
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano officially accepted the Republican nomination for a second term in office at the GOP convention Wednesday night, highlighting his record on taxes and job creation.
“We have the lowest unemployment in the region and the highest private sector job growth,” Mangano told a standing-room-only crowd at the Wisdom Lane School in Levittown, which gave the first-term...Read more »
Nassau’s Working Families Party has endorsed Tom Suozzi for Nassau County executive and Howard Weitzman for county comptroller.
“Tom Suozzi and Howard Weitzman share our values and are committed to fighting for working families in Nassau County,” Lisa Tyson, a Working Families leader, said in a news release. “Their vision will make Nassau, once again, a great place to live, work and raise...Read more »
Disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner's entry into the Democratic mayoral primary goes beyond the calculations of your average nervy career politician. His strange new adventure is unique in several ways. Here's how:
CRAZY MONEY This year marks Weiner's last chance under city public financing rules to draw down a potential $1.5 million in taxpayer matching funds from the $4.3 million war chest...Read more »
Reflecting some of the static he's received in the Democratic primary for county executive, Thomas Suozzi is targeted as "Tom the Tip Taker" on this new site, where he's been accused of siding with money against workers.
From Adam Haber, his challenger:
In his role at the law firm Harris Beach Tom Suozzi has been actively choosing to represent catering businesses that are attempting...Read more »
Republican legislative primary challenger Mario Mattera, who is also business agent for Plumber Local 200, clarified his position Wednesday on the re-election of Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, who is also facing a GOP primary.
He said his union is backing Vecchio in his primary against town board member Robert Creighton but he personally is taking no position in the race. Mattera said...Read more »
Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner — nowhere to be found in person — has, instead of facing the moment of announcement, released an introductory campaign video that in many ways combines a series of political-commercial clichés.
There’s the "just-a-middle-class kid" background that he trotted out eight years ago when he ran for mayor and lost in 2005. He’s sitting in front...Read more »
A new poll out today says City Council Speaker Christine Quinn continues to lead candidates for the Democratic nomination for New York City mayor.
The Quinnipiac University survey found Quinn with 25 percent, followed by former Congressman Anthony Weiner with 15 percent. Former city comptroller William Thompson and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio had 10 percent apiece.
Quinnipiac surveyed...Read more »
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver faced more grilling Tuesday over his role in approving the confidential settlement in the Vito Lopez scandal, going back and forth over whether he was the target of investigators.
In February, it became clear that the state ethics panel had centered its investigation on Lopez – who was accused of routinely groping and sexually harassing young female staffers...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is set to unveil a plan to use tax credits and other incentives to entice businesses to locate near State University of New York campuses, a number of legislators said Tuesday.
Cuomo huddled with Senate and Assembly leaders late Tuesday afternoon to discuss casinos and other economic ideas. Lawmakers said they expect the governor to kick off the initiative this...Read more »