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AG candidate to swim, bike, run in Ironman competition

ALBANY -- Republican John Cahill faces a race for attorney general ahead of him, but first he has a real race.

Cahill, 55, of Yonkers plans to compete in his fourth Ironman competition Sunday in Lake Placid. The route includes a 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 112-mile bicycle race and a marathon run of 26.2 miles.

About 2,800 competitors are expected.

"The Ironman is a great event...

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Mineola deputy mayor files elections complaint against Haber, who claims violation by Martins

Mineola Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira has filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections, alleging campaign finance violations by Democratic State Senate candidate Adam Haber.

In a July 24 letter to board co-chairmen James Walsh and Douglas Kellner, Pereira cites a pair of July 12 in-kind contributions in Haber’s most recent state campaign filing from an unidentified limited liability corporation...

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Jon Stewart's take on Cuomo corruption panel: 'You lookin' at me?'

Here's the Jon Stewart riff on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's "commission impossible" mess. Better to watch in full than have us summarize, so just click below:



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Experts: Cuomo ethics controversy won't stir voters

ALBANY -- While good-government advocates and political opponents are criticizing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over a report that he improperly interfered with his corruption commission, some experts said the issue at this point isn't likely to anger or shock voters.

"It doesn't translate easily into a scandal people are going to be up in arms about," said Lee Miringoff, a political science professor...

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Lawmakers seek delay on teacher certification test

ALBANY -- Graduates from teaching colleges are passing a new certification test aligned to the Common Core at a lower rate than in past years, prompting a new call to delay using the higher standards for another evaluation.

So far 84 percent of the 3,884 graduates this year have passed the certification test, compared with a 98 percent passing rate in past years before the evaluation was aligned...

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U.S. Attorney vows to root out Albany corruption as Cuomo in hot seat

In this May 19, 2014 file photo, Preet

(Credit: AP / Richard Drew)

ALBANY -- U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara vowed that he has the “fearlessness and independence” needed to investigate Albany corruption as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is accused of interfering with his own corruption commission.

“If other people aren’t going to do it, then we’re going to do it,” Bharara said on the PBS’ program “Charlie Rose."

“Our interest above all other interests is to make...

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4th C.D.: Was Kathleen Rice's role in Cuomo's commission a boost or a burden?

One year ago this month, as he trumpeted

(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

One year ago this month, as he trumpeted the formation of his Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice as one of its three co-chairs.

She was quoted as hailing Cuomo's "leadership on this important issue" and as looking forward "to working with some of the best law enforcement and public policy professionals in this...

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In furor over Moreland report, a theory of a potential legal problem surfaces

ALBANY -- Whether Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo improperly interfered with an anti-corruption commission may hinge on a legal maneuver early in the life of the Moreland Commission, according to a former Democratic assemblyman who is now a good-government academic.

A year ago, Cuomo created the anti-corruption panel under the Moreland Act, which restricts investigations to the executive branch. But...

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Moreland co-chairman denies interference by Cuomo

ALBANY -- A co-chairman of the state’s corruption commission denies Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo or his top aide ever stopped an investigation or improperly pressured the panel of prosecutors.

“He didn’t direct me to do anything,” said commission co-chairman William Fitzpatrick, the Onondaga County district attorney, in an interview with the Syracuse Post-Standard’s Syracuse.com.

The New York...

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Moreland case harkens to earlier claim over Cuomo’s involvement with ethics board

Ravi Batra, seen in an undated photo, a

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy )

ALBANY -- The state ethics board member who quit in protest in 2012 over what he said was the panel’s lack of independence from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sees parallels to the latest claims that Cuomo interfered with a corruption commission.

“A governor can appoint judges, but can't control them; same is true for ethics commissioners,” said Ravi Batra, a founding member of the state Joint Commission...

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