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Dan Janison

Dan Janison has been a reporter at Newsday since 1997, much of which was spent as a staff writer for the New York City edition. He has also served as City Hall reporter and as Deputy Long Island editor for politics. Before coming to Newsday, Janison worked as a reporter for the Staten Island Advance, Albany Times Union and New York Post.

Veteran prosecutor from Port Washington steps forward as Nassau DA prospect

Lawyer Michael Scotto says he plans to announce his candidacy next month for Nassau district attorney. “It’s something I’ve thought about for a while. I think I would bring a lot to the position,” said Scotto, 50, a Democrat who lives in Port Washington.

For more than 22 years, until 2012, Scotto worked in the Manhattan district attorney’s office. During that time, he served in various roles,...

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Obama's immigration order due to show economic impact

President Barack Obama’s move to shield from deportation millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States stands to benefit New York’s economy by boosting earnings — and therefore tax payments — of those affected, says a fiscal study from a progressive-oriented group.

The Fiscal Policy Institute estimates that out of a total 873,000 people who are undocumented in New York, 258,000...

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Amid school wars, how much does John King's leaving matter?

Compared to the politics of the classroom, the party backroom seems quaint.

Consider the forces now in play on the school scene:

— An educational-industrial complex nurtures private testing companies — much as the military-industrial complex once grew defense contractors.

— Federal officials are prodding states into uniform standards through the Common Core curriculum.


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Rep. King defends Benghazi report blasted from within GOP

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) speaks to the media

(Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer)

An unusual clash surfaced last week when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blasted as “full of crap” a recent report on the 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya — issued by the GOP-run House Intelligence Committee.

Among the committee’s dozen majority members is Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who signed off on the report. Responding to Graham, with whom he’s been friendly,...

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LIA talks up an Island role if DNC picks Brooklyn for 2016

Kevin Law, LIA president, during a hearing at

(Credit: Ed Betz)

Long Island Association president Kevin Law is calling on New York City officials to tout “the assets that lie just to the east” as part of their drive to hold the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Brooklyn.

“Long Island is in a prime position to offer critical hotel space which in many cases will be more convenient to access from Brooklyn than hotels in midtown Manhattan,” Law wrote...

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Without accusation, Brooklyn BP opposes conclusion-jumping in NYPD tragedy

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who served in the NYPD for 22 years and headed "100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care," warns against jumping to conclusions in the circumstances of how Akai Gurley, a non-suspect civilian, died by what authorities call an accident police gunshot by a rookie officer.

On Wednesday, Adams said on WNYC "No one was in the stairwell but the victims and the...

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Immigration, Ferguson, Oyster Bay tax hike -- all in one post-election season

For public officials, the thinking typically goes that you wait until after the election to wrestle with the risky stuff.

So three weeks after the polls closed, delayed actions are dominating government news.

On the national front, President Barack Obama made clear in early September he would stall his sweeping executive order on immigration until after the midterm elections on Nov....

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NYC: Firefighters' union pushing for fairer rookie disability deals

Steve Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, says his union's push to improve disability benefits for newer members is unrelated to talks toward an overdue contract settlement with the city. 

Rather, Cassidy said, it's prompted by a recent resumption of FDNY hiring stalled by years of litigation over diversity.

Hundreds are now joining...

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Tale of two Senators -- Webb and Gillibrand -- and a 2010 bank-bonus bill

Former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia last week became the first well-known Democrat to launch a presidential exploratory committee for 2016 -- setting him on a potential collision course against former Secretary of State and ex-New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Earlier this month, Webb was quoted in the New Yorker magazine on his effort in 2010, alongside Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), to...

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For Cuomo, the question is who takes top jobs after exits

Re-elected executives commonly reshuffle top staff as a new term commences. Now comes Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's turn.

For those who deal with his office, the big question is less a matter of who moves out, but who moves in, either from down the ranks or outside the administration.

At least 10 of Cuomo's highest-level aides and commissioners have already either left or said they'd do so...

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Sec. of State John Kerry seeking more authority for the administration to fight ISIS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning of “dangerous concessions” if rivals win election. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): “Is there ever a good time to admit our country tortured people?"

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