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Cuomo lead drops in poll, but Astorino's unfavorables rise

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 somewhat, although his negative ad blitz has taken a toll on his rival, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday.

Cuomo leads Astorino 54 percent to 33 percent, an eight-point drop over the last month, according to the new Siena College survey. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins received 9 percent.

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NY's sole guv-race debate: A Libertarian factor?

An interesting feature of tonight’s one-hour gubernatorial debate out of Buffalo was the appearance of Michael McDermott, the Libertarian candidate, who basked in the same time allocations as three other candidates.

For perspective: Most insiders, pollsters and observers believe that Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is likely to win, that Republican Westchester Executive Rob Astorino has an...

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Nassau GOP chairman to hold luncheon for Astorino

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino speaks at

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Although Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano filmed a commercial saying he will vote for Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello will host a fundraiser Monday for Cuomo’s Republican opponent, Rob Astorino.

The fundraising luncheon is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the Galleria restaurant in Westbury, with tickets priced at $500 each.

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4th C.D.: Another police organization backs Blakeman over Rice

Bruce Blakeman in Mineola on Thursday, July 31,

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Bruce Blakeman's Congressional campaign picked up a Fraternal Order of Police endorsement. Excerpted from the campaign's announcement: The Empire State's branch of America's largest law enforcement association endorsed Blakeman, the Republican-Conservative-Independence nominee for Congress in New York’s open Fourth District, over Kathleen Rice, Nassau’s top law enforcement official...

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

Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern

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ALBANY -- U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Wednesday that he has several active investigations in 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 that was established and then and shut down by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Media reports have carried...

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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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