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Controversial Freeport Armory transfer now in Cuomo's hands

Freeport Armory in Freeport on June 1, 2013.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

ALBANY -- Freeport Mayor Robert T. Kennedy left his home at 5 a.m. Friday to rush to the State Capitol to deliver petitions and letters carrying about 1,000 signatures opposing the transfer of the local armory to a church-affiliated nonprofit.

With Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo facing a Dec. 30 deadline to sign or veto a bill allowing the transfer, Kennedy wanted to make clear that he and many others...

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Cuomo to deliver inaugural address at World Trade Center

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will deliver his second inauguration address at the World Trade Center site on New Year’s Day, an administration source said.

Cuomo, a Democrat, will be sworn-in for his second term the night before in Albany, after hosting a public open house at the executive mansion.

He then will go to Manhattan on New Year’s Day to give an inaugural speech. He will follow that...

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NYers reject the Dickens out of proposal to raise Legislature’s pay

ALBANY _ New York legislators may not want to mention they want a pay raise around constituents, but especially not to Republican union members living upstate who are over 55 years old and making under $50,00 a year.

That’s the Scroogiest group among New Yorkers, but Friday’s Siena College Research Institute poll shows no racial, age or geographic group supports a pay raise for members of...

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Suffolk's second area code will be 934, state says

The new code is to be activated before

(Credit: AP / Nam Y. Huh)

Suffolk County’s new area code will be 934, the state announced Friday. The area code will apply to new telephone numbers issued beginning in the second half of 2016, the Public Service Commission said.

Earlier this year, the PSC said the 631 area code currently used for Suffolk will be out of available numbers in 2016, sparking the need for an additional code.

Notably, when the new...

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Sunscreen bill rubs Cuomo the wrong way

ALBANY -- A bill by a Long Beach assemblyman to better protect New Yorkers against sunburn didn’t withstand a veto by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Cuomo vetoed the bill this week sponsored by Assmb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach). It would have required sunscreen to carry a “best-if-used-by” date. Expiration dates are already required on sunscreen tubes, cans and bottles.

Weisenberg said...

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Nassau PBA party draws political crowd

A crowd of about 650 people attended the Nassau Police Benevolent Association’s annual holiday party at the Crest Hollow Country Club Wednesday night including, as usual, a number of local politicians.

Rep. Peter King was there. So was Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Nassau Chief Deputy County Executive Rob Walker, county Comptroller George Maragos, Nassau Republican Legis. Rich Nicolello,...

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Israel, Zeldin share a glass at Manischewitz Hanukkah summit

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) today shared a whimsical glass of Manischewitz with Lee Zeldin, the incoming representative for the district on Long Island's East End, at the Premier Diner in Commack, as if to prove Israel is Jewish. 

What?

It all started in the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer a week before Thanksgiving.

New York's senior senator, a Democrat, invited Lee Zeldin...

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Casino bidder says Cuomo asked him for $800k to promote gambling referendum

ALBANY _ Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday he sees no problem with a comment by a losing casino bidder who claimed the governor asked him for $800,000 to promote passage of  the referendum that authorized Cuomo’s casino plan.

Harness track owner Jeff Gural’s bid to build a Southern Tier casino was rejected Wednesday by a state commission created to be independent of Cuomo and the Legislature....

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Top court upholds tougher drug-testing rules for horse racing

New York’s top court on Thursday upheld tougher rules for testing race horses for illegal substances, allowing the state’s Racing and Wagering Board to conduct tests "off track."

The Court of Appeals, in a 6-0 decision, rejected a claim by some harness-racing horse owners that inspectors should only be able to test horses at tracks and near the day of competition. The horse owners claimed...

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Cuomo to ban fracking for natural gas in upstate NY

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at a news

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday said the state plans to ban the drilling of natural gas upstate after a four-year review by his staff determined it would threaten public health and yield far fewer jobs than projected.

State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said there is no solid scientific basis to show that hydrofracturing drilling, known as fracking, is safe. He said the little...

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