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Kennedy fundraiser nets $45,700

Suffolk Legislature Minority Leader John Kennedy (R-Nesconset) said his first fundraiser for the county comptroller’s race drew more than 200 donors and raised $45,700.

Kennedy said he was buoyed by the response to his $250-a-head event at Windows on the Lake in Lake Ronkonkoma last week. “We are on a roll and it shows we are the real deal,” he said.

Kennedy, a late entry into the contest,...

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Independence chief pens book

Frank MacKay, the state and Suffolk Independence Party chairman, is about to come out with a book that answers critics who say his minor party stands for nothing.

His book, “What About the Rest of Us? The Need for a Third Political Party in America,” is due Oct. 1 from Boulevard Books, based on Staten Island.

His main thesis is that the country needs a new party that does not embroil...

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Nassau Republicans reported to be riled by school zone tickets

Nearly 40,000 tickets issued for school zone speed violations since late July — when Nassau began the rollout of a new program to catch motorists caught on camera speeding past schools — were a hot topic at county Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello’s annual golf outing last Monday, according to several people who attended the event.

One reason is that at least three Republican officials had...

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C.D. 4: Former Ambassador Bolton to appear at Blakeman fundraiser

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton will appear at a fundraiser early next month for Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman, Blakeman’s campaign announced Friday.

Bolton, who served under President George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at a Sept. 4 event for Blakeman at a home in Lawrence, where tickets range from $500 to $5,200. The former ambassador...

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Senate candidate Adam Haber rolls out plan to lower taxes, eliminate waste

Adam Haber announces his run for the New

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Democratic State Senate candidate Adam Haber has announced a five-point plan which he said will lower taxes, eliminate wasteful spending and grow businesses.

Haber, an East Hills businessman who unsuccessfully ran for Nassau County executive last year, is challenging Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) in Nassau’s 7th District.

Haber’s plan includes:

* Working with municipalities to...

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Dem primary debate for governor likely to include a Republican

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks to the media

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ALBANY — The only debate in the governor’s race before the Sept. 9 Democratic primary apparently won’t include Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Cuomo’s campaign has so far refused to agree to any debate with Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham law professor. Cuomo so far hasn’t even discussed the many invitations to debate, Teachout said.

“The governor hasn’t responded,” Teachout spokesman...

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Levittown lawyer lays out property tax plan in Senate race against Hannon

Ethan Irwin, Democratic candidate for New York State

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Ethan Irwin, the Democratic candidate in Nassau’s 6th Senate District, has rolled out a three-point property tax relief plan.

Irwin, a former U.S. Marine from Levittown, is challenging Republican Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) in November.

Irwin’s plan calls for ending unfunded state mandates and enacting a circuit breaker for people with fixed incomes, including retirees and the disabled,...

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Fuschillo backs Venditto to replace him in State Senate

Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto in a file photo

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Former Republican State Sen. Charles Fuschillo, who vacated the seat late last year, has officially endorsed Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto to replace him in the 8th Senate District.

Venditto, the Republican nominee, takes on fellow Nassau Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) in November.

“Michael Venditto is an excellent candidate who is focused on the right priorities — cutting taxes,...

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No debate planned as Dem primary for governor nears

As their Democratic primary nears, Gov. Andrew M.

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ALBANY -- With just three weeks to go before the state’s Democratic primary, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo so far continues to refuse to commit to any debate with liberal challenger Zephyr Teachout.

Cuomo also hasn’t committed to any debates with Republican challenger Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.

Cuomo’s campaign on Thursday declined to comment on whether it will agree...

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Poll: Half of NYers still not following Moreland case, but more not pleased

ALBANY -- Nearly half of New Yorkers still aren’t following the Moreland Commission corruption conflict in Albany, but the latest poll shows the growing number who are don’t like what they’ve heard.

The Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday said 50 percent of voters disapprove of the way Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is handling ethics in government. In May, 48 percent approved of way Cuomo...

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