Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics

C.D.4: Rice receives endorsement from Long Beach City Council Dems

Four Democratic Long Beach City Councilmembers have endorsed Kathleen Rice in her bid against Republican Bruce Blakeman for New York’s 4th Congressional District.

On Sunday, Rice was joined by Long Beach City Council President Scott Mandel, Council Vice President Fran Adelson, Councilman Anthony Eramo and Councilman Len Torres at a news conference in front of Eramo’s house to announce the...

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8th S.D.: Sign vandalism against another candidate surfaces

Signs for both sides in the 8th S.D.

(Credit: Venditto campaign)

Not long ago we heralded in the unfortunate sign-vandalism season in this space with a photo of a defaced David Denenberg "Nobody Fights Harder" poster. In the interest of balanced if cursory coverage, here is a sign belonging to Democrat Denenberg's Republican opponent Michael Venditto, also touting the re-election of Assemb. Dave McDonough (R-Merrick),  that was discovered with big sections...

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Hawkins seeks to have Teachout vote expand Greens' reach

Howie Hawkins with ex-candidate Randy Credico on Friday

(Credit: Dan Janison)

Running to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s left in the Nov. 4 election, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins wants to pull in voters who backed Zephyr Teachout in the Democratic primary. So here was Hawkins, 61, of Syracuse, in front of a big Pathmark in East Harlem on Friday, doing his best to drum up interest, one pedestrian at a time.

For a couple of minutes, he had the ear of Charlie Valdez, 46,...

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Cuomo due to outline development proposals

Cuomo has touted the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement

(Credit: AP/Seth Weinig)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has so far campaigned on his past record rather than his future plans, is expected to soon outline an agenda that includes development proposals.

The Democratic governor has long tried to be seen as an executive who gets things done, especially infrastructure. Hence his emphasis on the Tappan Zee Bridge, which hit a bump last week. Look for Cuomo to try to push similar...

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Rivals commence Suffolk comptroller race by phone, visit and rhetoric

Suffolk Democratic comptroller candidate James Gaughran has not yet put out his first TV ad or mailing, but party officials say their grassroots ground game is already blanketing the county.

Party officials say in the past six weeks they have made more than 300,000 calls to voters and knocked on 75,000 doors for Gaughran and local legislative candidates.

They forecast by Election Day...

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Major-party deal on L.I. judge races to block minor parties' role

Nassau’s Republican-Democratic cross-endorsement deal for state Supreme Court includes one proviso that did not come to light in a GOP convention — that none of the candidates will take any minor party lines, be it Conservative or Independence or Working Families.

Several sources say that Jay Jacobs, Nassau Democratic chairman, made the initial suggestion. Jacobs maintains it was done by mutual...

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Babylon Democrats' fete goes on without slated Stricoff salute

Talk about bad timing.

It was originally billed as a salute to exiting Babylon Democratic leader Robert Stricoff, but last week’s $300-a-head town party fundraiser went on anyway without Stricoff — now under a DA’s investigation — or any mention of his name.

But their was no mistaking Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer’s meaning when he spoke to the 180 party activists who...

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On L.I., CSEA backs Republicans for Senate, Democrats for House

  The largest state employees’ union, the Civil Service Employees Association, supports keeping Long Island’s nine State Senate seats in Republican hands.

  CSEA backs, along with seven incumbents seeking re-election, Islip Supervisor Tom Croci to replace Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), now running for Congress, as well as Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) to succeed ex-GOP Sen. Charles...

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U.S. official rejects Rep. Bishop's claim 40 Americans who left to join ISIS are back in U.S.

A YouTube video that shows Rep. Tim Bishop telling a business group a week ago that 40 Americans who went to join the Islamic State militant group have returned to the United States has created a splash on the web, especially on conservative news sites.

It made news because Bishop, a Southampton Democrat seeking re-election to a seventh term, is the first U.S. official to put the number 40...

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On arming Syrian rebels: Schumer votes yes, Gillibrand votes no

New York’s two Democratic senators agree on a lot of policies, but not always. On Thursday, Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand split on the 78-22 vote for funding the government through mid-December.

The breaking point was the attachment to the spending bill of a measure to authorize the arming and training of moderate Syrian rebels as part of President Barack Obama’s strategy...

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