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Sunscreen bill rubs Cuomo the wrong way

ALBANY -- A bill by a Long Beach assemblyman to better protect New Yorkers against sunburn didn’t withstand a veto by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Cuomo vetoed the bill this week sponsored by Assmb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach). It would have required sunscreen to carry a “best-if-used-by” date. Expiration dates are already required on sunscreen tubes, cans and bottles.

Weisenberg said...

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Nassau PBA party draws crowd

A crowd of about 650 people attended the Nassau Police Benevolent Association’s annual holiday party at the Crest Hollow Country Club Wenesday night including, as usual, a number of local politicians.

Congressman Peter King was there. So was Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Nassau Chief Deputy County Executive Rob Walker, County Comptroller George Maragos, Nassau Republican legislators Rich...

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Israel, Zeldin share a glass at Manischewitz Hanukkah summit

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) today shared a whimsical glass of Manischewitz with Lee Zeldin, the incoming representative for the district on Long Island's East End, at the Premier Diner in Commack, as if to prove Israel is Jewish. 


It all started in the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer a week before Thanksgiving.

New York's senior senator, a Democrat, invited Lee Zeldin...

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Casino bidder says Cuomo asked him for $800k to promote gambling referendum

ALBANY _ Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday he sees no problem with a comment by a losing casino bidder who claimed the governor asked him for $800,000 to promote passage of  the referendum that authorized Cuomo’s casino plan.

Harness track owner Jeff Gural’s bid to build a Southern Tier casino was rejected Wednesday by a state commission created to be independent of Cuomo and the Legislature....

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Top court upholds tougher drug-testing rules for horse racing

New York’s top court on Thursday upheld tougher rules for testing race horses for illegal substances, allowing the state’s Racing and Wagering Board to conduct tests "off track."

The Court of Appeals, in a 6-0 decision, rejected a claim by some harness-racing horse owners that inspectors should only be able to test horses at tracks and near the day of competition. The horse owners claimed...

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Cuomo to ban fracking for natural gas in upstate NY

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at a news

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday said the state plans to ban the drilling of natural gas upstate after a four-year review by his staff determined it would threaten public health and yield far fewer jobs than projected.

State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said there is no solid scientific basis to show that hydrofracturing drilling, known as fracking, is safe. He said the little...

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Denenberg tax workshops scheduled despite court date

A day before Nassau Legis. David Denenberg appeared in federal court Dec. 11 to answer charges of mail fraud, the Merrick Democrat sent out a county-paid mailing announcing a series of workshops he was hosting to teach constituents how to protest their property tax assessments — including four dates after he is supposed to enter a guilty plea next month.

U.S. District Court Judge Joanna Seybert...

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An especially bad day for the NY’s Southern Tier (Update)

(Updates with comment by a casino bidder and credit line)

ALBANY _ New York’s Southern Tier which has struggled with one of the state’s most sluggish economies for years lost out Wednesday on both a bid for a casino and in fracking.

A state commission rejected a bid by Tioga Downs race track west of Binghamton for a casino, opting instead to locate a casino in Seneca County in the Finger...

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Assembly Health Committee chair pitches universal health care in Nassau

New York State could save $20 billion annually through a single-payer health care system that would provide coverage for all residents no matter their ability to pay, said State Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried Wednesday at a news conference in Mineola.

Gottfried (D-Manhattan) was joined by labor leaders, church officials and health care professionals for the fifth of six...

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Cuomo decisions looming on natural gas, casinos

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at a news

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Two huge upstate decisions could be handed down by the Cuomo administration Wednesday: casinos and natural gas drilling.

A gambling panel is slated to announce up to four sites for upstate casinos; the panel’s meeting is set for 2 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Separately, Cuomo has scheduled a late-morning cabinet meeting where he has promised an update in his review of a...

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Sec. of State John Kerry seeking more authority for the administration to fight ISIS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning of “dangerous concessions” if rivals win election. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): “Is there ever a good time to admit our country tortured people?"

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