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Consulting firm comes out on top in Oyster Bay 'vote yes' push

Mercury Public Affairs, which represented Oyster Bay Realty and the allied Simon Property Group, came out a clear winner among political consultants with the approval  last week of a major land-sale referendum in the Town of Oyster Bay.

Mercury's Michael McKeon is a one-time aide to ex-Gov. George Pataki and director of Republicans for [Andrew] Cuomo. He worked the final stretch for the "Vote Yes" side with the firm's Tom Doherty, also an ex-Pataki aide, who's been involved before in Westchester politics.

On the losing side was a firm headed by Bradley Tusk -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2009 campaign manager -- and his associate Menashe Shapiro, who was senior adviser to Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan's 2010 campaign for attorney general.

Mall developer Taubman Centers, seeking to block the sale, also hired Marathon Strategies, whose Kyle Sklerov works with Phil Singer, a former aide to Sen. Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. Other New York City-based firms Global Strategies and
SKD Knicerkbocker were said to be involved in the Taubman effort as well.

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