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State Senate candidate Adam Haber calls for $5B state surplus to be used for "business hubs"

Democrat Adam Haber, who is running against Sen. Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) for state senate, recently unveiled his proposal for how the state should spend the $5 billion windfall generated from recent bank settlements.

Haber, a restaurant owner and venture capitalist said on Tuesday that the state should use the money to create “business hubs” that would attract startup companies and spur...

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Dem challenger Wu says he will rally Asian vote to beat Cuomo-Hochul (Updates)

(Updates with quote from Wu, Census data, plans for support for Hochul)

ALBANY -- Democratic challenger for lieutenant governor Tim Wu said he and his running mate, Zephyr Teachout, are trying to mobilize New York’s growing Asian-American vote to beat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s ticket.

“We’ll pull off the upset of the century,” Wu told reporters at a rally of union and social service...

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Teachout tours, Cuomo continues Rose Garden strategy

Zephyr Teachout and her running mate Timothy Wu

(Credit: AP / Bebeto Matthews)

ALBANY -- Democrat Zephyr Teachout hit the campaign trail yesterday, beginning a four-day "Whistleblower Tour" of the state.

Meanwhile, her primary opponent, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, has been employing a classic "Rose Garden" re-election strategy, using the power of incumbency to promote his campaign.

Teachout, a Fordham University professor and liberal critic of Cuomo, is challenging the...

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NY Dem committee funds Cuomo mailer, spurning primary rivals

ALBANY _ The state Democratic committee has paid for a mailer urging party members to vote for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the Sept. 9 primary where he faces two other Democrats.

The state Democratic committee that is headed by Cuomo plans at least one mailing promoting the team of Cuomo and his running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul.

Political committees were once prohibited from funding...

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Nassau figure Bobby Kumar Kalotee resurfaces with alternative party

Nassau's Bobby K. Kalotee is now chairman of

(Credit: Sapient Party website)

Fans of offbeat election options can rejoice. There emerges on the November ballot an entity – a political microbrewery, perhaps -- called the Sapient Party. Nassau lawyer Steven Cohn is its candidate for governor, and Bobby K. Kalotee, a longtime Cohn ally and former chairman of the county’s Independence Party, is his candidate for lieutenant governor.

Kalotee, known for many years as Bobby...

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Read the parole transcript of John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman

Mark David Chapman, who gunned down John Lennon in 1980, told the state Parole Board last week that he was sorry for "being such an idiot."

 The board denied Chapman's parole request for the eighth time. Chapman, now 59 years old, was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

A week after denying parole, the board released the...

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In Israel: King, Paterson run to shelter as Iron Dome blocks Hamas rockets

Former Gov. David Paterson, left, is shown on

(Credit: Getty Images / James Escher)

On a solidarity trip to Israel, Rep. Peter King said he and former New York Gov. David A. Paterson Tuesday had to scramble to a shelter in the town of Ashkelon near Gaza when sirens warned of incoming Hamas rockets.

But Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, underwritten by U.S. funds, identified and exploded the rockets, King said, creating loud thuds and puffs of smoke in the clear blue...

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Emily's List endorses Lt. Gov. candidate Hochul

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul on

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

ALBANY -- Former Rep. Kathy Hochul was endorsed Tuesday by Emily's List, a political group that funds women candidates, in Hochul’s bid for lieutenant governor.

Hochul of Buffalo is Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate. They face a Sept. 9 primary against Zephyr Teachout who is running for governor and Tim Wu, who is challenging Hochul.

“New Yorkers can count on leadership that will expand...

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C.D. 4: Rice endorsed by U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday its endorsement of Democrat Kathleen Rice in her bid against Republican Bruce Blakeman for New York’s 4th Congressional District.

In a news release, the Washington D.C.-based group of some 500,000 national members said it selected Rice because they consider her to be a “champion of women’s economic priorities.”

“Rice is uniquely...

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Upstate cable TV system pulls Cuomo ad after Astorino's legal threat (Updated)

Republican challenger Rob Astorino, left, and Gov. Andrew

(Credit: AP)

(Updates with Cuomo campaign comment.)

ALBANY -- An upstate New York cable TV system in a rare move has withdrawn a negative campaign ad by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo after Republican challenger Rob Astorino threatened legal action.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Castle Cable TV advertising manager John Murphy said in an interview. “It was pretty scary when we first got it.”

He...

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