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1st C.D.: Clergymen urge Zeldin cancel invite to 'alarming' ex-Rep.

Two East End religious leaders have called on State Sen. Lee Zeldin to withdraw his invitation to controversial former congressman Allen West as a headliner for his campaign kickoff Sept. 8.

Rev. Charles Coverdale of the First Baptist Church of Riverhead called Zeldin’s invitation to West “extremely disturbing” because the former congressman has referred to the Democratic Party as a “21st...

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Suffolk: Objections filed against state legislative candidates

Objections have been filed to block two state legislative candidates from getting third party lines for the November ballot, Suffolk elections officials said yesterday.

Republican Marie Mawn of Ronkonkoma is challenging state Senate contender Adrienne Esposito, who is running on the Democratic line, from running on the Women’s Equality ballot line, claiming that 2,638 signatures of the 4,248...

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Obama not expected in New York City for 9/11 anniversary

President Barack Obama is not expected to go to New York City next week to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, a White House aide said today.

In his six years in office, Obama has only once gone to New York on Sept. 11, and that was on the tenth anniversary in 2011 of the two airliners flying into the Twin Towers at...

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34th S.D.: Koppell shows at mayoral presser featuring rival Klein

State Sen. Jeff Klein’s challenger, Oliver Koppell, showed up Tuesday to a traffic-safety announcement hosted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio touting Klein’s advocacy for the issue in Albany.

Koppell, a former Bronx city councilman facing Klein in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, stood to the side, listening to Klein and other speakers during the news conference.

He told Newsday...

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Mark Green endorses Teachout-Wu (Updated)

Democratic candidate for governor Zephyr Teachout, right, and

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ALBANY — Former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green on Monday endorsed the Teachout-Wu ticket over Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's team in the Democratic primary.

Green acknowledged that Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, both law professors, aren't experienced in politics.

"But there are times when experience takes a back seat to the kind of fresh idealism that can truly shake up politics-as-usual...

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Port Jefferson teachers' local backs Teachout over Cuomo ahead of primary

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout, who is waging an uphill primary battle against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, received the endorsement of the Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association on Monday.

Teachout stood with more than 100 teachers outside Comsewogue High School at a Monday news conference, telling them she would repeal the controversial Common Core standards that rely heavily...

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No polls for governor's race before Sept. 9 Democratic primary

ALBANY — The Democratic primary for governor and lieutenant governor not only won’t include a debate, but it apparently won’t draw a public poll, either.

Neither the Siena College Research Institute nor The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion have done or plan a head-to-head primary poll before the Sept. 9 primary. Each polling organization is in the midst of what are expected to be...

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Nassau: Former Mangano secretary begins $165G NUMC job

A longtime secretary and administrative assistant to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has started a new job at the Nassau University Medical Center.

Ann Marie Studdert, 57, who came to the county with Mangano from his former law firm Rivkin Radler, began Aug. 21 as the $164,999-a-year director of intergovernmental affairs and community service representative, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Studdert...

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Pension payments to drop, could ease local tax burden

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on March 14,

(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

ALBANY -- Taxpayers could get a break next year because of a reduction in the payments governments must pay into the state pension system.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Monday reported the average rate paid by government employers will decrease 9 percent. He said the average employer payment to the Police and Fire Retirement System will decrease 11 percent.

The savings will be...

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State PBA backs Martins over Haber in Senate race

State Sen. Jack Martins, seen here in January

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein )

The New York State Police Benevolent Association has endorsed state Sen. Jack Martins for re-election in the 7th District, citing his advocacy for first responders.

Martins (R-Mineola) faces a challenge in November by East Hills businessman Adam Haber.

“It is very important to the members of the PBA of NYS and the residents of Nassau County that Senator Jack Martins is reelected to continue...

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