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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.

Teachout tours, Cuomo continues Rose Garden strategy

Zephyr Teachout and her running mate Timothy Wu

(Credit: AP / Bebeto Matthews)

ALBANY -- Democrat Zephyr Teachout hit the campaign trail yesterday, beginning a four-day "Whistleblower Tour" of the state.

Meanwhile, her primary opponent, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, has been employing a classic "Rose Garden" re-election strategy, using the power of incumbency to promote his campaign.

Teachout, a Fordham University professor and liberal critic of Cuomo, is challenging the...

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NY Dem committee funds Cuomo mailer, spurning primary rivals

ALBANY _ The state Democratic committee has paid for a mailer urging party members to vote for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the Sept. 9 primary where he faces two other Democrats.

The state Democratic committee that is headed by Cuomo plans at least one mailing promoting the team of Cuomo and his running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul.

Political committees were once prohibited from funding...

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Nassau figure Bobby Kumar Kalotee resurfaces with alternative party

Nassau's Bobby K. Kalotee is now chairman of

(Credit: Sapient Party website)

Fans of offbeat election options can rejoice. There emerges on the November ballot an entity – a political microbrewery, perhaps -- called the Sapient Party. Nassau lawyer Steven Cohn is its candidate for governor, and Bobby K. Kalotee, a longtime Cohn ally and former chairman of the county’s Independence Party, is his candidate for lieutenant governor.

Kalotee, known for many years as Bobby...

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Read the parole transcript of John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman

Mark David Chapman, who gunned down John Lennon in 1980, told the state Parole Board last week that he was sorry for "being such an idiot."

 The board denied Chapman's parole request for the eighth time. Chapman, now 59 years old, was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

A week after denying parole, the board released the...

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In Israel: King, Paterson run to shelter as Iron Dome blocks Hamas rockets

Former Gov. David Paterson, left, is shown on

(Credit: Getty Images / James Escher)

On a solidarity trip to Israel, Rep. Peter King said he and former New York Gov. David A. Paterson Tuesday had to scramble to a shelter in the town of Ashkelon near Gaza when sirens warned of incoming Hamas rockets.

But Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, underwritten by U.S. funds, identified and exploded the rockets, King said, creating loud thuds and puffs of smoke in the clear blue...

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Emily's List endorses Lt. Gov. candidate Hochul

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul on

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

ALBANY -- Former Rep. Kathy Hochul was endorsed Tuesday by Emily's List, a political group that funds women candidates, in Hochul’s bid for lieutenant governor.

Hochul of Buffalo is Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate. They face a Sept. 9 primary against Zephyr Teachout who is running for governor and Tim Wu, who is challenging Hochul.

“New Yorkers can count on leadership that will expand...

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C.D. 4: Rice endorsed by U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday its endorsement of Democrat Kathleen Rice in her bid against Republican Bruce Blakeman for New York’s 4th Congressional District.

In a news release, the Washington D.C.-based group of some 500,000 national members said it selected Rice because they consider her to be a “champion of women’s economic priorities.”

“Rice is uniquely...

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Upstate cable TV system pulls Cuomo ad after Astorino's legal threat (Updated)

Republican challenger Rob Astorino, left, and Gov. Andrew

(Credit: AP)

(Updates with Cuomo campaign comment.)

ALBANY -- An upstate New York cable TV system in a rare move has withdrawn a negative campaign ad by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo after Republican challenger Rob Astorino threatened legal action.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Castle Cable TV advertising manager John Murphy said in an interview. “It was pretty scary when we first got it.”


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GOP challenger in baseball campaigning calls on Comptroller DiNapoli to come to bat

GOP candidate for state comptroller Robert Antonacci in

(Credit: AP / Brett Carlsen)

ALBANY — Republican candidate for state comptroller Bob Antonacci, who is trying to build a roster of supporters by campaigning at minor league baseball games, is calling on state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to agree to a debate, which could bring far more attention to the challenger.

“Tom DiNapoli has a responsibility to have a frank and public discussion about his tenure in Albany and where...

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State NOW endorses Zephyr Teachout over Andrew Cuomo

As their Democratic primary nears, Gov. Andrew M.

(Credit: AP)

ALBANY -- The New York State chapter of the National Organization for Women has endorsed Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic primary challenger to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in a surprise move against a governor who has strongly courted the women's vote.

"Zephyr Teachout is a dynamic woman with an inspiring, compelling vision that will shake up Albany and the old boys club that runs this state for...

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