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C.D.3 : Judge reschedules court hearing in Lally and Labate absentee ballot case

A court hearing to determine the outcome of 19 contested Nassau absentee ballots cast in the tight 3rd Congressional District Republican primary race between Grant Lally and Stephen Labate was rescheduled on Wednesday, July 9, in part to give Labate an opportunity to return from military reserve duty.

State Supreme Court Judge Dana F. Winslow said he adjourned the case to July 16 “in part”...

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Islip supervisor Croci reacts to dumping scandal, vows to fix problem

From Newsday's Sophia Chang:

Islip Supervisor Thomas Croci on Tuesday rebuked town leadership and oversight that led to the illegal dumping of thousands of tons of contaminated debris throughout town, and he said the town is committed to fixing the problem, in his first public remarks on the scandal since he returned from deployment in Afghanistan.

During a State of the Town Address...

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Hochul's low profile earns jabs from left and right

Gov Andrew Cuomo introduces running mate, Kathy Hochul,

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate is getting criticized from the left and the right for her so-far low profile in the statewide campaign.

Cuomo foes – liberals and conservatives – say the governor is keeping his running mate, former Buffalo-area congresswoman Kathy Hochul, out of the spotlight in part because her views clash with Cuomo’s on immigration and gun control. Cuomo says the...

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Will 'Stop Common Core' ballot line aid Astorino?

People protest at the Common Core Education Forum

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Tuesday that he’ll also run on a ballot line called “Stop Common Core,” as he seeks to use unrest over the controversial academic standards in his bid to upset Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Astorino, the current Westchester County executive, would have to gather at least 15,000 petition signatures over the next five weeks to create a Stop...

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3rd C.D: Lally announces state BOE declares him winner; BOE says it has no role in certifying race

Stephen Labate, left, and Grant Lally, right, both

GOP candidate Grant Lally sent an e-mail blast Monday announcing that the New York Board of Elections certified him as winner of the tight race against Stephen Labate for New York’s 3rd Congressional District Republican nomination -- but the declaration came as news to state board of election officials, who said they have no role in certifying the race’s results.

In Monday's press release...

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Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union backs Haber against Martins

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union is backing Democrat Adam Haber in his race against Republican State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) in Nassau’s 7th district.

The union, which represents 100,000 members across the country, pointed to Haber’s support for an increase to the state’s minimum wage as one of the key reasons for the endorsement.

“This is an important election...

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New York becomes 23rd state to allow medical marijuana

New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, seated,

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Once an opponent of medical marijuana, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ceremonially signed a new law Monday that makes New York the 23rd state to approve the drug for medicinal purposes.

Cuomo actually signed the law Saturday and held a news conference Monday to highlight the program.

"There is no doubt medical marijuana can help people," said the Democrat, who is facing Republican Rob Astorino...

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Oslo mayor: Obama envoy pick from L.I. seems less than 'interested' in Norway

Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang on Sunday said in a nationally broadcast interview on Norway Broadcasting Corporation that he opposed the nomination of Long Island businessman George Tsunis to become U.S. ambassador to Norway, calling him an "unprofessional ambassador."

Stang, a member of the Conservative Party, criticized Tsunis for his fumbling performance in his confirmation hearing before the...

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Angie Carpenter seeks state opinions on planned merger of 2 offices

Though her own job is no longer in

(Credit: Mario Gonzalez)

Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter has written to both state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman seeking an opinion on whether its legal to merge her office with that of Suffolk comptroller.

Carpenter said she made her request after first writing County Executive Steve Bellone asking him to seek opinions from the state before signing legislation that...

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Klein, Koppell say they've filed petitions for key Senate primary

Senate co-leader Jeff Klein and rival Oliver Koppell filed petitions Monday to square off in a key Democrat primary in September.

 Klein (D-Bronx) said he's filed more than 9,000 petitions signatures - three times the number needed to get on the ballot. Koppell said he's filed 5,000. The district straddles Bronx and Westchester counties.

 Candidates have to file petition signatures...

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