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New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito took to Twitter to deliver an apparent shot at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over pre-kindergarten, charter schools and the East Harlem building explosion.
“Tax 500 + earners=outrageous, hedge fund backed charters=enthusiastic support, raise min wage=not on my watch, #EastHarlemExplosion=SILENCE,” Mark-Viverito wrote.
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While one Democrat took steps last weekend to jump into a state Senate race, another has decided not to run.
Ryan Cronin said Monday he will not take on Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) in a Nassau County rematch.
Cronin, who lost 52 percent to 48 percent in 2012, had pondered running again. But in the last year, he’s gotten married and started a new job, and now thinks it’s time to...Read more »
Senate co-leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) has been under pressure from his left to achieve at least one high-profile agenda item this year: public financing of political campaigns, an abortion-rights measure, a tax to fund prekindergarten or college-tuition eligibility for people in the country illegally who came here as children, among others.
None of those were included in a state budget proposal...Read more »
Reform advocates and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo tout New York City's public campaign finance system as a model for the state to follow. But some political figures who insist they support the city Campaign Finance Board's mission are questioning its stewardship.
On Dec. 30, the day before he left office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- who in three elections opted out of any limits and set spending records...Read more »
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been added as a guest speaker at the Nassau County Democratic Committee’s annual spring dinner on March 31 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. The event will honor retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), a long-time political ally of Pelosi, the former speaker of the House. Pelosi will be introduced by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix...Read more »
Former Nassau County executive candidate Adam Haber has formed a campaign committee to run for the State Senate seat held by Republican Jack Martins of Mineola. The committee – Haber for New York – was registered Thursday. “I am exploring all of my options and the best way to serve my community,” said Haber, a businessman who largely self-financed his unsuccessful Democratic campaign...Read more »
Embattled Republican Suffolk Treasurer Angie Carpenter, already under attack from Democrats who want to ax her job in a merger, was not feeling the love last week when she said a joint appearance with Comptroller Joseph Sawicki had been switched without letting her know.
Carpenter showed up for the Legislature's ways and means committee on Wednesday, only to find out she had been taken off...Read more »
Democrats, moving early, have named Tom Schiliro to take on freshman Assemb. Anthony Palumbo (R-New Suffolk) in November.
“We need to get our fair share of state funding and the current guys have not been making it happen,” said Schiliro, criticizing Palumbo and his predecessor, now Brookhaven Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro.
Schiliro, a sergeant with nearly two decades experience...Read more »
Brookhaven will not defend former Democratic town board member Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld against the suit of his former aide becaused her allegations involved “political duties” to further his “personal agenda,” which were outside the scope of his town job, according to the town attorney.
However, Edward Yule, Fiore-Rosenfeld’s atrtorney, said his client, now a $97,000-a-year assistant county...Read more »
David Rosenberg is resigning as a member of the Suffolk Industrial Development Agency board, but says his resignation will not take effect until a successor is appointed.
In a letter of resignation dated March 5, Rosenberg said “responsibilities of my legal practice and to my clients have made it difficult for me to continue to devote the appropriate amount of time and attention to my board...Read more »