Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics

CD 3: Lally and Israel trade barbs on abortion after Rick Perry fundraiser

Texas Gov. Rick Perry started his daylong trip through New York on Tuesday by headlining a fundraiser for 3rd Congressional District Candidate Grant Lally, before stumping for GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.

Perry addressed a crowd of more than 60 Lally supporters at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho. Guests included Rep. Pete King (R-Seaford) and Queens GOP chairman Robert Beltrani.


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CD 4: Blakeman goes after Rice on carbon tax

The congressional candidates in New York's 4th District

(Credit: James Escher, Mike Stobe)

Republican Bruce Blakeman has criticized his Democratic opponent, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, for accepting the endorsement of an environmental group that supports a tax on the carbon contents of fuels.

“Unlike Kathleen Rice, I do not support a carbon tax,” said Blakeman, a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature who is running to replace Rep. Carolyn McCarthy...

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Skelos defends Cuomo appearances, voices Astorino support

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, left, Gov. Andrew M.

(Credit: Uli Seit)

The state’s top Republican on Tuesday defended his recent public appearances with Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, while saying he still supports GOP candidate Rob Astorino.

Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) said his appearances with Cuomo have been about supporting Israel and beefing up state security, not politics. Skelos and the Senate Republicans have had a cordial relationship...

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Dems: Astorino's fundraising practices fall under 'pay-to-play,' too

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, left, on

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One week after Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino accused Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of “pay-to-play” practices, Democrats on Tuesday threw the same charge back at Astorino.

Astorino, the Westchester County executive, has accepted $1 million in campaign contributions from companies that hold about $700 million in county contracts, Democrats claimed.

Democrats also knocked Astorino...

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Democrat Haber out with first TV ad of Senate campaign

Adam Haber, an East Hills businessman, is challenging

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Democratic State Senate candidate Adam Haber has released his first television ad of the campaign, a 30-second spot that focuses on taxes, small businesses and women’s equality.

Haber, an East Hills businessman, is challenging Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) in the 7th Senate District.

In the ad, Haber says that he’s running for Senate “to make sure Nassau gets our fair share. Property...

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Astorino may not debate Cuomo, calls governor's proposal a 'farce'

ALBANY -- Republican Rob Astorino called Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's two-debate proposal a "farce" Monday and said he's not sure whether he'll participate.

He accused Cuomo, the Democratic front-runner, of "unilaterally" setting debate terms and not negotiating with his side. "I'm sorry, this is not the kingdom of Cuomo," Astorino said on "The Capitol Pressroom," a public radio program.


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Astorino ad suggests Cuomo could go to jail over Moreland

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, left, on

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ALBANY -- Republican Rob Astorino's new campaign commercial, which suggests that Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo could go to jail, is designed to get people talking about a campaign that hasn't yet captured voters' attention, experts said Monday.

Astorino's new ad, released Monday, is a riff off the famous "Daisy" ad President Lyndon Johnson used against foe Barry Goldwater in 1964, which...

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3rd S.D.: Croci, Esposito trade charges stemming from toxic probe

State Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito called for her Republican opponent, Islip Supervisor Tom Croci, to resign from his elected position and let an interim supervisor oversee the toxic dumping cleanup effort.

Croci, meanwhile, accused Esposito of throwing "false bombs" and said he supports the District Attorney's investigation into those responsible for the investigation....

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S.D.7 -- Martins and Haber trade attacks on MTA tax and speed cameras

State Sen. Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) and Democrat Adam Haber, both running for New York’s 7th Senate District, continued to trade attacks on Monday.

Martins released his latest TV ad on Monday labeling Haber as “good for New York City,” not Long Islanders. Meanwhile, Haber’s campaign issued a news release criticizing Martins for his vote approving Long Island speed traffic cameras, which...

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C.D.4: Rice receives Sierra Club endorsement; questions Blakeman on global warming

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice on March

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Democratic Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice received the endorsement of the Sierra Club Monday, using the nod from the environmental advocacy group to call on her Republican opponent Bruce Blakeman to state his position on global warming.

Rice, who is running against Blakeman to replace outgoing Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) for New York’s 4th Congressional District, announced the...

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