Spin Cycle

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3rd A.D.: Hennessey pokes Murray with 'Just checking' ad

Assemb. Ed Hennessey (D-Medford), whose rivals hired a private investigator to put a GPS tracker on his car in an effort to prove he lived outside his district, has some fun with the stunt against him. At the end of this ad, he rolls out from below his car and declares, "All clear!"


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AG race: Nassau police unions back Schneiderman over Cahill

Jim Carver of the Nassau PBA is one

(Credit: Newsday/ Howard Schnapp)

Over the weekend, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman won endorsement from Nssau law enforcement unions, including its PBA, Detectives Association, and Superior Officers.

Nassau County PBA president Jim Carver said: “Men and women in uniform around the state know that Eric Schneiderman is working for them. He understands the important and dangerous work that police officers here in Long...

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New Rice TV spot highlights corruption prosecutions

Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice on June 24, 2014.

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice on Monday released the third television ad of her campaign, a spot that highlights her political corruption prosecutions as Nassau district attorney.

The 30-second spot, Real Problems, comes slightly more than two weeks before the Nov. 4 election pitting Rice against Republican Bruce Blakeman, the former presiding officer of the Nassau County...

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Top Republicans and Democrats due for Destination LI 'summit' talk

A rare six-way public appearance is set for this afternoon, to include Nassau Executive Edward Mangano, Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone and the major-party chairmen from both counties.

This hourlong discussion at 3:15 p.m. is part of a “summit conference” on economic development and infrastructure, hosted by the nonprofit Destination LI at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Slated...

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Governor's competing ballot lines: WEP? WFP? WWE?... WTH?

New York’s unusual ballot law is giving rise to tension among minor parties that are backing Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

New York is one of only a few states that allow a candidate to be listed on separate ballot lines for every party that endorses him. But that ballot line must draw 50,000 votes to keep its legal status.

Some Working Families Party members fear Cuomo’s push for votes...

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Political books: No matter the timing, a question of shelf life

A book buyer stands in line at a

(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

American politicians for decades have found it useful to publish books that purport to explain their lives and policies. These tomes usually answer critics and give fans talking points. Like the people behind them, the works vary in candor, accuracy and depth.

Last week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo became the third in the current crop of statewide incumbents to publish books that mixed personal self-reporting...

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Suffolk: Comptroller is hands-off on a successor, backs office merger

Suffolk Comptroller Joseph Sawicki on July 22, 2013.

(Credit: Jeffrey Basinger)

Suffolk’s exiting Comptroller Joseph Sawicki, a Republican, is taking a hands-off stand on who should succeed him but says voters should approve the referendum to consolidate the office of treasurer and comptroller on Election Day.

Sawicki, who is term limited, said he has never made an endorsement in a county race because he wanted his office to remain “apolitical, independent and objective.”


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Suffolk: Economic deputy's outside real-estate role

Suffolk official Joanne Minieri is paid for a

(Credit: Chris Ware)

Joanne Minieri, Suffolk’s $170,000-a-year deputy county executive for economic development and planning, has a part time gig as a $60,000 a year board member of a Manhattan-based real estate holding company.

The company, Trinity Place Holdings Inc., is a firm handling the management and development of 500,000 square feet of retail space in Westbury, Manhattan, New Jersey and Florida as well...

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Nurses' union backs a slate of L.I. election candidates

The state’s largest nurses’ union on Friday announced endorsements of a slate of Long Island candidates – all Democrats – including Kathleen Rice and Tim Bishop for U.S. Congress.

The New York State Nurses Association, which has 37,000 members statewide, is also backing Adrienne Esposito for state Senate, Michaelle Solages for state Assembly and Thomas Schiliro for state Assembly.


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4th CD: Candidates differ on federal gas tax

Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman is attacking his Democratic opponent Kathleen Rice for saying she would consider support for raising the federal gasoline tax, which has remained at 18.4-cents-per-gallon since 1993.

Rice on Thursday, in an interview with Newsday’s editorial board, was posed with a board member’s question that characterized one of the arguments for raising...

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