Spin Cycle

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Astorino may not debate Cuomo, calls governor's proposal a 'farce'

ALBANY -- Republican Rob Astorino called Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's two-debate proposal a "farce" Monday and said he's not sure whether he'll participate.

He accused Cuomo, the Democratic front-runner, of "unilaterally" setting debate terms and not negotiating with his side. "I'm sorry, this is not the kingdom of Cuomo," Astorino said on "The Capitol Pressroom," a public radio program.

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Astorino ad suggests Cuomo could go to jail over Moreland

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, left, on

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ALBANY -- Republican Rob Astorino's new campaign commercial, which suggests that Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo could go to jail, is designed to get people talking about a campaign that hasn't yet captured voters' attention, experts said Monday.

Astorino's new ad, released Monday, is a riff off the famous "Daisy" ad President Lyndon Johnson used against foe Barry Goldwater in 1964, which...

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3rd S.D.: Croci, Esposito trade charges stemming from toxic probe

State Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito called for her Republican opponent, Islip Supervisor Tom Croci, to resign from his elected position and let an interim supervisor oversee the toxic dumping cleanup effort.

Croci, meanwhile, accused Esposito of throwing "false bombs" and said he supports the District Attorney's investigation into those responsible for the investigation....

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S.D.7 -- Martins and Haber trade attacks on MTA tax and speed cameras

State Sen. Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) and Democrat Adam Haber, both running for New York’s 7th Senate District, continued to trade attacks on Monday.

Martins released his latest TV ad on Monday labeling Haber as “good for New York City,” not Long Islanders. Meanwhile, Haber’s campaign issued a news release criticizing Martins for his vote approving Long Island speed traffic cameras, which...

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C.D.4: Rice receives Sierra Club endorsement; questions Blakeman on global warming

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice on March

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Democratic Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice received the endorsement of the Sierra Club Monday, using the nod from the environmental advocacy group to call on her Republican opponent Bruce Blakeman to state his position on global warming.

Rice, who is running against Blakeman to replace outgoing Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) for New York’s 4th Congressional District, announced the...

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NY seeks to speed medical marijuana for youths facing seizures (Update)

(Updates with Department of Justice comment)

ALBANY -- Children and young adults suffering certain seizure disorders could get relief through medical marijuana far sooner than the 2016 start-up date of New York’s program.

The Cuomo administration is asking the federal government for permission to allow medical marijuana to be shipped in from out of state and distributed by prescription...

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Susan Lucci and Nelson DeMille raise money for Blakeman

Susan Lucci, after her performance in Celebrity Autobiography

(Credit: SocietyAllure.com / Rob Rich)

Republican Bruce Blakeman, a former Nassau presiding supervisor, is pulling out a little star power to boost his campaign for Congress.

Soap opera star Susan Lucci, a Garden City native, and best-selling author Nelson DeMille, whose novels are often set on Long Island, are hosting a fundraiser for Blakeman at the Garden City Country Club Tuesday night. Tickets are a minimum $250 per person...

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8th S.D.: Could Pat Halpin return to politics to replace nominee Denenberg?

Now that Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) has dropped

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Former Suffolk County executive and ex-Assemb. Patrick Halpin has confirmed that he’s mulling a move to replace on the ballot Nassau Legis. David Denenberg of Merrick, who withdrew under a cloud of scandal last week as the Democratic candidate in the 8th Senate District race against GOP Legis. Michael Venditto.

Halpin, 61, is a managing director at the consulting firm Mercury Public Affairs,...

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Candidate slate seeks to 'take back' Nassau Conservative Party

The Nassau Conservative organization is due to convene today in Hicksville, and a group making an insurgent effort to install new leaders is putting out a flyer that declares: "WE NEED NEW LEADERSHIP THAT PUTS CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES FIRST!"

Charles J. McNulty III is seeking the chairmanship. In a recent letter to other party members, he slams the current top officials as beholden to GOP Chairman...

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Suff. Leg.: P.O. Gregory to name Gellerstein new top aide

Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) said he will name Lora Gellerstein as his new top aide to replace 40 year verteran Terry Pearsall who will be leaving at week’s end after 40 years with the county.

Gregory’s decision comes only months after Gellerstein was named as deputy clerk ot the county legislature in April. Previously Gellerstein, 50, of Huntington, had been been an a...

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