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ALBANY -- Good-government advocate Blair Horner says Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s explanation Monday that he was simply advising his corruption commission, not interfering or steering it, falls short of what the public deserves.
“What should have been a legacy of fighting public corruption has become yet another symbol of Albany’s dysfunction,” said Horner of the New York Public Interest Research...Read more »
ALBANY _ Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino hit a sensitive nerve with the Cuomo family Monday by saying Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo acted like a “mafia boss” by meddling with a corruption commission.
Cuomo on Monday said he was simply advising the Moreland Commission on public corruption that he created.
Astorino didn’t buy it.
“To suggest that he was suggesting to...Read more »
House Speaker John Boehner's office chooses to riff, in a release on Friday from his office, on the Library of Congress honoring Billy Joel by taking light-hearted shots at the Obama administration using various of his song titles.
Usage of this kind has been going on for quite a while. Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is friends with the Piano Man, who appears in ads to boost New York State....Read more »
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in his first comments since he was accused in a press report of improper meddling in a corruption commission on Monday declared the commission a “phenomenal success.”
Cuomo denied interfering with the Moreland Commission he created in July 2013 and which focused on the State Legislature, rather than the governor’s office.
Following months of press reports,...Read more »
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is scheduled to face reporters Monday for the time since Wednesday’s article in The New York Times reported instances of intense involvement by Cuomo into a corruption commission.
Cuomo will be in Buffalo making an economic development announcement and is scheduled to meet with reporters afterward.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is trying...Read more »
Suffolk Republicans have gone to court claiming that freshman Assemb. Edward Hennessey does not live in his district but rather still resides in East Moriches.
Hennessey won an upset victory two years ago, but did not have to live in the Third Assembly district at the time because lines in all legislative seats were redrawn that year as part of a once-a-decade reapportionment.
Hennessey...Read more »
Former Assemb. Thomas Alfano, a Republican who represented North Valley Stream until he decided against seeking re-election in 2010, has a new job at Nassau University Medical Center for $199,000 a year.
A spokeswoman for the public hospital said Alfano, a lawyer with 30 years experience, joined the center’s legal department in June to replace a staff attorney who had resigned a few months...Read more »
Congratulate the four winners in the Nov. 4 New York congressional races! They have no opponents in the general election.
The winners are: Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans), who represents Queens and two slices of Nassau County; Rep. Grace Meng (D-Bayside), who replaced longtime Long Island Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights), who is now retired; Rep. Eliot...Read more »
ALBANY -- One critical element in Albany’s latest conflict is whether Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo simply provided advice to the Moreland Commission on corruption, or if he improperly interfered with it.
Cuomo said he and top aide Larry Schwartz provided necessary advice, because the commission Cuomo appointed was divided by factions and unfamiliar with how Albany works.
Good-government advocates...Read more »
ALBANY -- Republican John Cahill faces a race for attorney general ahead of him, but first he has a real race.
Cahill, 55, of Yonkers plans to compete in his fourth Ironman competition Sunday in Lake Placid. The route includes a 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 112-mile bicycle race and a marathon run of 26.2 miles.
About 2,800 competitors are expected.
"The Ironman is a great event...Read more »