Spin Cycle

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1st CD: Washington pundits call Bishop-Zeldin race a "toss up"

The last public poll on the race between Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and his Republican challenger, State Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), put Bishop 10 points ahead. But that was last week. Today, both the Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Report - the two oldest handicappers of congressional races - move the race from leaning Democrat to "toss up." That means either one could win. Although...

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Astorino’s wife shoots back at Cuomo over guns control, schools

ALBANY - The schoolteacher wife of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s latest negative campaign ad twisting Astorino’s stand on gun control has gone too far.

The Cuomo ad states in part that Astorino wants to provide gun classes to students with discipline problems and “even told a gun activist group he would support gun programs for kids in school.”

But...

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In this gubernatorial race, Dem thumps teachers, Republican appeals to them

In a political twist, the Democratic candidate in New York’s gubernatorial contest is bashing public schoolteachers, and the Republican is trying to appeal to them.

With the election less than a week away, Republican Rob Astorino sought to draw schoolteachers Wednesday by seizing on comments by Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Astorino sent an “open letter” to teachers saying that Cuomo’s...

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4th CD: A write-in candidate emerges in Rice-Blakeman battle

The race for Nassau County’s 4th Congressional District has an under-the-radar write-in candidate  --  one who calls himself a “Reagan conservative” with “common sense solutions.”

Paul Kyrillidis, a financial adviser who lives in East Meadow, has been campaigning since mid-September, according to a representative, and has even produced a TV ad set to run on News 12 Long Island in...

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Denenberg still not campaigning for state senate seat

David Denenberg, left, and Michael Venditto.

(Credit: David Pokress / James Escher)

Nassau Legis. David Denenberg and his criminal defense attorney Jason Russo Wednesday insisted that the Merrick Democrat still is not campaigning despite a news release from some constituents that said the community “supports Dave Denenberg for New York State Senate.”

Russo also, for the first time, denied allegations by the campaign of Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) that Denenberg...

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20th AD: Actor Mel Brooks robo-calls for Kaminsky, his relative

Director Mel Brooks at Hollywood event on

(Credit: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison)

Assembly candidate Todd Kaminsky, a Democrat, has his great-uncle Mel Brooks robocalling voters. Kaminsky is on the ballot Tuesday against Republican Avi Fertig.  Whether it will have an impact remains to be seen, but the 2,000-year-old man, who's also contributed to the campaign, says in the robocall:

“Hello, this is Mel Brooks. Yes -- It really is Mel Brooks! I am calling you on behalf...

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Assemb. Lavine calls on Mangano to halt speed camera program

Assemb. Charles Lavine, a Democrat incumbent in the

(Credit: James Escher)

Assemb. Charles Lavine is calling on Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano to immediately suspend the county’s controversial speed camera program until “prominent warning signage” is erected to alert motorists to the cameras.

In a letter on Wednesday to Mangano and Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow), Lavine (D-Glen Cove) said the speed camera program has been a “debacle”...

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Cuomo calls Moreland controversy 'political baloney'

New York State Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino,

(Credit: AP / Gary Wiepert)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sought to dismiss controversy over his anti-corruption commission as “political baloney” and took shot at the federal prosecutor who took over the commission’s cases.

The Democrat, who is facing Republican Rob Astorino in next week’s election, aired his views on Fox Business News with Maria Bartiromo — who has emceed economic conferences for the Cuomo administration.

“The...

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Martins gets new endorsements in SD 7 race against Haber

State Sen. Jack Martins, GOP incumbent in the

(Credit: James Escher)

State Sen. Jack Martins, running for re-election in the 7th District against businessman Adam Haber, has announced new endorsements, including one from former GOP State Sen. Mike Balboni, who represented the district for a decade.

“The only way to be an effective senator, especially in this district, is to work across the aisle,” said Balboni.  “Jack has done that time and time again. ...

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Critic: Cuomo not living up to promise to help fellow Democrats

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo speaks to the media

(Credit: Bryan Smith / Bryan Smith)

With just days to go in the campaign, a liberal critic said Wednesday that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hasn’t lived up to his promise to help Democrats retake the State Senate.

“If Senate Democrats lose, it will be because of Cuomo. He will be responsible, not Republicans,” said Bill Samuels, who has previously criticized the Democratic governor for what he sees as being too supportive of big business...

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