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Bill Clinton to rally Democrats for Rep. Tim Bishop

Former President Bill Clinton talks with students at

(Credit: James Carbone)

With slightly less than two weeks before Election Day, former President Bill Clinton will headline a campaign rally Wednesday night for Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop, who is in a tight race against Republican State Sen. Lee Zeldin.

The rally, at the Staller Center at Stony Brook University, will be Clinton’s second appearance in support of Bishop (D-Southampton). Clinton held a similar rally...

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GOP AG candidate would revisit drug law reforms to target dealers; Update

Republican lawyer John Cahill, left, is challenging Democratic

(Credit: AP; Howard Schnapp)

(Updates with comment from Schneiderman's campaign)

ALBANY -- Republican candidate for attorney general John Cahill said Tuesday that he wants to revise some of the major drug law repeals over the last decade so he can give law enforcers the tools they need to target heroin dealers.

“As I travel around the state, probably the issue I hear most is the issue of heroin,” Cahill told reporters...

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NY top court reinstates defamation lawsuit against Syracuse's Boeheim

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim on March 4,

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New York’s top court on Tuesday reinstated a defamation lawsuit against Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim, in a claim linked to allegations about Bernie Fine, the coach’s longtime assistant.

The Court of Appeals, in a 6-0 decision, refused a request from Boeheim’s lawyer to dismiss the suit. Instead, the court sent the case back to a trial court.

The case involves allegations made...

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Gloria Steinem urges a Cuomo vote -- but on the WFP line

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has weighed in on one side of the WEP-versus-WFP rivalry, urging voters to back Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on the Working Families Party line. The Cuomo campaign's ersatz Women's Equality Party also bears his name, as does the Independence line, and it's a competition because a party needs 50,000 votes for governor to maintain automatic ballot status for four years.


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1st C.D.: In ad, conservative group lashes Bishop to Obamacare frustration

In this ad, the conservative group American Action Network tries to hang Obamacare around Rep. Tim Bishop's neck with angry testimonials.



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3rd A.D.: Hennessey pokes Murray with 'Just checking' ad

Assemb. Ed Hennessey (D-Medford), whose rivals hired a private investigator to put a GPS tracker on his car in an effort to prove he lived outside his district, has some fun with the stunt against him. At the end of this ad, he rolls out from below his car and declares, "All clear!"


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AG race: Nassau police unions back Schneiderman over Cahill

Jim Carver of the Nassau PBA is one

(Credit: Newsday/ Howard Schnapp)

Over the weekend, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman won endorsement from Nssau law enforcement unions, including its PBA, Detectives Association, and Superior Officers.

Nassau County PBA president Jim Carver said: “Men and women in uniform around the state know that Eric Schneiderman is working for them. He understands the important and dangerous work that police officers here in Long...

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New Rice TV spot highlights corruption prosecutions

Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice on June 24, 2014.

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice on Monday released the third television ad of her campaign, a spot that highlights her political corruption prosecutions as Nassau district attorney.

The 30-second spot, Real Problems, comes slightly more than two weeks before the Nov. 4 election pitting Rice against Republican Bruce Blakeman, the former presiding officer of the Nassau County...

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Top Republicans and Democrats due for Destination LI 'summit' talk

A rare six-way public appearance is set for this afternoon, to include Nassau Executive Edward Mangano, Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone and the major-party chairmen from both counties.

This hourlong discussion at 3:15 p.m. is part of a “summit conference” on economic development and infrastructure, hosted by the nonprofit Destination LI at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Slated...

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Governor's competing ballot lines: WEP? WFP? WWE?... WTH?

New York’s unusual ballot law is giving rise to tension among minor parties that are backing Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

New York is one of only a few states that allow a candidate to be listed on separate ballot lines for every party that endorses him. But that ballot line must draw 50,000 votes to keep its legal status.

Some Working Families Party members fear Cuomo’s push for votes...

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