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Lost amid comparisons to potential Republican challengers, recent polls showed a sharp decline in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s approval rating, which has dropped 10 percentage points since November to 42 percent of registered voters, according to the NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll. That’s the lowest rating in the Marist poll since Cuomo took office in 2011.
Cuomo downplayed...Read more »
Get used to the new abnormal.
New York State is now on track to indefinitely spend tens of millions of dollars more every two years to hold two primary days -- one for federal office in June, another for state office in September.
This absurdity first arose in 2012 when the major parties failed to agree on a single primary date. The federal contests had to be moved forward because a...Read more »
New Suffolk Legis. Robert Trotta, who retired as a police detective just before taking office, is receiving more than $200,000 for unused vacation and sick time that he accumulated during his nearly 25 year career.
County comptroller records show that Trotta is getting $47,187 for unused vacation time and $157,293 for unused sick time. Trotta was also paid $11,059 in pay unions agree to delay...Read more »
The Suffolk Independence Party is back to supporting Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).
The minor party endorsed Bishop late last week after the 12-year incumbent, Republican State Sen. Lee Zeldin and George Demos, a well-financed challenger, were screened by Independence officials at Oheka Castle.
The minor party, which has been strongly allied with State Senate Republicans, bypassed...Read more »
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino held private meetings late last month with the Nassau and Suffolk GOP chairmen before formally announcing his candidacy last week.
The Westchester County executive met privately with Nassau GOP chairman Joseph Mondello and his Suffolk counterpart, John Jay LaValle, on Feb. 27.
“They held a lengthy and productive meeting,” said Tony Santino,...Read more »
Environmentalist Adrienne Esposito, who is weighing a run for State Senate, was honored last week by the region’s largest labor group, the Long Island Federation of Labor, at its annual reception attended by 450 at the Long Island Hilton in Melville.
“It was just a coincidence,” said Roger Clayman, the group’s executive director, saying, “We decided on her before we knew she was even considering...Read more »
ALBANY _ More than 100 local government and school officials statewide have urged Albany to reject Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s property tax freeze.
Included in the list is Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, co-chairwoman of the state Democratic Committee appointed by Cuomo.
“The current ‘tax freeze’ proposal will only exacerbate the problems we face,” their letter stated.
They argued Cuomo’s...Read more »
Suffolk Sheriff Vincent DeMarco and County Executive Steve Bellone met for nearly two hours late Friday afternoon about filling 18 deputy vacancies in the sheriff's office, but the county executive gave no immediate answer on how many jobs he might allow to be filled.
DeMarco said Bellone told him to resubmit hiring forms for the vacancies, and said he would give him an answer Monday.
“We...Read more »
The Nassau Conservative Party will back Republican Bruce Blakeman in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.
Party leaders voted to endorse Blakeman, the former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, over fellow Republican Frank Scaturro, a New Hyde Park attorney who is waging a primary campaign in the 4th Congressional District.
Blakeman, 58, of Long Beach,...Read more »
ALBANY _ Republican Rob Astorino is planning his first major fundraiser in his campaign for governor, but his ticket price is a fraction of the usual rate for Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s events.
Astorino plans a March 26 fundraiser in Westchester County, where he is the second-term county executive. The top price is $5,000 to be in the “chairman’s club.” That buys four tickets,...Read more »