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Schumer: Of course House would shun LIRR involvement

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on July 10, 2014.

(Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)

After Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had it publicly demonstrated that Congress wouldn’t act in the Long Island Rail Road labor dispute, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer told NY1 News: “You didn’t need to be a PhD in political science to know that the House of Representatives would never help New York out of a strike situation.”

From that channel, here's Bob Hardt's take.

And contract talks are expected...

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Albany: Primary challenge could free Cuomo to spend more

Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout on June

(Credit: AP / Bebeto Matthews)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo could face a Fordham University professor in a Democratic primary — and benefit financially in one important way.

Zephyr Teachout, who says Cuomo favors corporations and the wealthy, said she has submitted 45,000 petition signatures to qualify for a gubernatorial primary, more than three times the minimum required. The Cuomo campaign hasn’t said yet if it will challenge...

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3rd SD: Fritz fan challenges Esposito's petitions for Dem line

Adrienne Esposito on March 19, 2014.

(Credit: Johnny Milano)

A backer of Democratic State Senate contender Joseph Fritz has filed general objections over Adrienne Esposito’s nominating petitions, the first step toward trying to disqualify her from the ballot.

Rafaela Vazquez, fiance of former Suffolk Legis. Rick Montano, mailed the challenge application late last week and specifically requested copies of Esposito’s party authorization to run on the...

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6th AD: Mata takes aim at fellow Democrat Ramos, again

He-e-e-e’s back.

Giovanni Mata, one-time chair of former County Executive Steve Levy’s Hispanic advisory committee, has filed petitions to run a Democratic primary for a second time against Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood), a 12-year Albany veteran.

Mata filed by mail about 580 signatures with the Suffolk Board of Elections, which arrived at the Yaphank offices Friday. Mata, of Brentwood,...

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New to modern memory: No Becker heads Lynbrook GOP

Francis X. Becker Jr. on June 29, 2007.

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

For the first time in more than 70 years, there is no Becker is at the helm of the Lynbrook Republican Party.

Nassau Legis. Francis X. Becker Jr., who has been GOP area leader in Lynbrook for nearly a decade, quietly stepped town from the post in late May in favor of Assemb. Brian Curran.

“It’s hard to let go there’s so much family history and tradition,” said Becker. “We called it the...

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Suffolk GOP leader takes a hands-on approach to fundraising

John Jay LaValle on May 21, 2014.

(Credit: James Escher)

Suffolk Republicans don’t want to rub donors the wrong way.

So John Jay LaValle, Suffolk GOP chairman is offering free “on course massages” as part package of attractions like handrolled cigars, martini bars and wine tastings at a July 28 golf fundrasier at Baiting Hollow Country Club..

LaValle said the club has an on premise masseuse who will provide a “professional service” like is...

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Judging by what's visible, LIRR strike can be avoided

Emergency measures for a Long Island Rail Road Strike got a tentative airing today (see link below). But at least there are glimmers of promise that the mess can be avoided.

Latest from Newsday's main Web page:

As the MTA continues to evaluate the unions' latest counter-offer Friday, there were no communications between the parties as of late afternoon, according to one of the negotiators...

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Cuomo, Skelos meet

  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who agreed to throw his weight behind Senate Democrats, met quietly this week with the chamber's top Republican, Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), several sources said.

  The governor and Skelos met Tuesday in New York City, sources said. Details of the discussion weren’t immediately available but one source said the get together was “interesting,...

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Teachout says she'll submit 3x signatures needed to challenge Cuomo in Dem primary

  Insurgent Zephyr Teachout said Thursday she will submit 45,000 petition signatures to enter a Democrat primary against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The total is three times the required amount to qualify, though the Cuomo campaign could legally challenge the validity of the petitions.

  Teachout, a Fordham University professor, is a liberal critic of the governor, contending his economic...

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3rd C.D.: 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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