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Astorino goes there: Compares Cuomo to ‘mafia boss’

ALBANY _ Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino hit a sensitive nerve with the Cuomo family Monday by saying  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo acted like a “mafia boss” by meddling with a corruption commission.

Cuomo on Monday said he was simply advising the Moreland Commission on public corruption that he created.

Astorino didn’t buy it.

“To suggest that he was suggesting to...

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It's all show biz: House Speaker John Boehner uses Billy Joel titles to spoof Obama

This July 24, 2014, file photo shows Speaker

(Credit: AP)

House Speaker John Boehner's office chooses to riff, in a release on Friday from his office, on the Library of Congress honoring Billy Joel by taking light-hearted shots at the Obama administration using various of his song titles.

Usage of this kind has been going on for quite a while. Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is friends with the Piano Man, who appears in ads to boost New York State....

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Cuomo defends contact with corruption panel, calls it ‘a phenomenal success’

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announces his appointment for

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in his first comments since he was accused in a press report of improper meddling in a corruption commission on Monday declared the commission a “phenomenal success.”

Cuomo denied interfering with the Moreland Commission he created in July 2013 and which focused on the State Legislature, rather than the governor’s office.

Following months of press reports,...

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Cuomo to face reporters for 1st time since corruption panel conflict

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and top aide Lawrence

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is scheduled to face reporters Monday for the time since Wednesday’s article in The New York Times reported instances of intense involvement by Cuomo into a corruption commission.

Cuomo will be in Buffalo making an economic development announcement and is scheduled to meet with reporters afterward.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is trying...

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3rd AD: GOP goes to court against Hennessey, on residency

Edward Hennessey on June 27, 2014.

(Credit: James Escher)

Suffolk Republicans have gone to court claiming that freshman Assemb. Edward Hennessey does not live in his district but rather still resides in East Moriches.

Hennessey won an upset victory two years ago, but did not have to live in the Third Assembly district at the time because lines in all legislative seats were redrawn that year as part of a once-a-decade reapportionment.

Hennessey...

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Ex-Assemb. Thomas Alfano lands at NUMC as $199G staff attorney

Former Assemb. Thomas Alfano, a Republican who represented North Valley Stream until he decided against seeking re-election in 2010, has a new job at Nassau University Medical Center for $199,000 a year.

A spokeswoman for the public hospital said Alfano, a lawyer with 30 years experience, joined the center’s legal department in June to replace a staff attorney who had resigned a few months...

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Running unopposed, 4 NY House candidates have already won

Congratulate the four winners in the Nov. 4 New York congressional races! They have no opponents in the general election.

The winners are: Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans), who represents Queens and two slices of Nassau County; Rep. Grace Meng (D-Bayside), who replaced longtime Long Island Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights), who is now retired; Rep. Eliot...

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Moreland mess: The question of advice versus interference

ALBANY -- One critical element in Albany’s latest conflict is whether Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo simply provided advice to the Moreland Commission on corruption, or if he improperly interfered with it.

Cuomo said he and top aide Larry Schwartz provided necessary advice, because the commission Cuomo appointed was divided by factions and unfamiliar with how Albany works.

Good-government advocates...

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AG candidate to swim, bike, run in Ironman competition

ALBANY -- Republican John Cahill faces a race for attorney general ahead of him, but first he has a real race.

Cahill, 55, of Yonkers plans to compete in his fourth Ironman competition Sunday in Lake Placid. The route includes a 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 112-mile bicycle race and a marathon run of 26.2 miles.

About 2,800 competitors are expected.

"The Ironman is a great event...

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Mineola deputy mayor files elections complaint against Haber, who claims violation by Martins

Mineola Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira has filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections, alleging campaign finance violations by Democratic State Senate candidate Adam Haber.

In a July 24 letter to board co-chairmen James Walsh and Douglas Kellner, Pereira cites a pair of July 12 in-kind contributions in Haber’s most recent state campaign filing from an unidentified limited liability corporation...

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