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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo continues to hold a sizable lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino, despite assigning the governor a good chunk of the blame in the recent controversy about an anti-corruption commission, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The Quinnipiac University poll found that Cuomo, a Democrat, leads Astorino 56 percent to 28 percent among the 1,034 registered New York...Read more »
Labor Day may be the traditional start for fall campaigns, but Republican state Sen. Lee Zeldin and Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop are already swinging away at each other a week early in the battle for the 1st District congressional seat.
Bishop (D-Southampton) on Tuesday attacked Zeldin for planning to have tea party-backed former Republican congressman Allen West as a “special guest” at...Read more »
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino unveiled a jobs plan Tuesday that calls for cutting taxes and regulations, increasing high-tech and agriculture and allowing hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas.
Astorino also would renew the operating license of the Indian Point nuclear plant in Westchester County, eliminate highway tolls for agricultural trucks and use a $3.6 billion...Read more »
ALBANY -- In the fight over control of New York’s Senate, a pair of history lessons were offered Tuesday.
Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) in an “open letter to New York” warned against turning over full control of the chamber to “a small, radical faction of avowed leftists.”
By 2011, after a two-year reign by Democrats, Skelos said: “That Democrat majority had run up...Read more »
Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) took aim Monday at GOP opponent Grant Lally’s ties to Gov. Rick Perry, as the Texas Republican faces abuse of power charges.
Israel’s campaign released a YouTube video where Lally touts to the audience at a Republican primary forum that he served as New York vice-chair for Perry’s 2012 Republican presidential bid.
“I think he’s done a great job down in...Read more »
Rep. Peter King said today that he and former New York Gov. David Paterson next week will join the stream of American politicians going to Israel to show solidarity against Hamas.
King, the Seaford Republican, and Paterson, chairman of the New York State Democratic Party, will fly out Sunday night and return next Thursday, King said.
During the 50 hours they will actually be in Israel,...Read more »
Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice called on Republican opponent Bruce Blakeman to join her in endorsing a federal minimum wage increase on Monday.
At a news conference in Garden City, Rice, running against Blakeman in New York’s 4th Congressional District, asked him to co-sign a letter she wrote calling on leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce to approve...Read more »
Suffolk legislative minority leader John Kennedy Jr., a last-minute entry to the county comptroller's race, will hold his first fundraiser — a $250 a head event — Tuesday night at Windows on the Lake in Ronkonkoma.
Kennedy is hoping the fete will draw 100 donors, and expects to raise enough money to show that he'll be a competitive candidate in the fall. He said invitations for the event went...Read more »
Suffolk Community College president Shaun McKay is asking President Barack Obama to come to the Selden campus this fall to learn how the state's largest community college is leading the way to help grow a prosperous middle class for the next generation.
McKay said he decided to invite the president Monday after listening to Obama’s weekend radio address where he talked about higher education...Read more »
ZEPH’yr: Noun; a gentle but persistent wind, sometimes with considerable force; often used as a name for trains that take unusual routes.
As much as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has tried to keep Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout from the cool kids’ table in New York politics, she keeps coming at the most powerful politician in the state, demanding a seat.
Last week she beat the court challenge...Read more »