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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.
Hours after Republican Rob Astorino and Democrat Zephyr Teachout took shots at the Cuomo administration as aiding corruption, the NY Times published a big front-page story detailing how, amid internal friction, his defunct Moreland Commission followed a specific governor-driven agenda and crushed a subpoena against a company hired by the governor (link below) Headline was that Cuomo "hobbled state...Read more »
Bad news for Nick Di Iorio, the Republican who floated the idea of turning his doomed challenge to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) into a reality show for pay: the Esquire Network said it has passed on the idea."This program is not being developed or produced by Esquire Network," said Katherine Nelson, the network's senior vice president of communications in an email.After that development, Di...Read more »
Now for a Long Island follow-up to the posting earlier Tuesday on Gov. Chris Christie downplaying Rob Astorino's chances of beating Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Astorino, at a news conference with Democrat Zephyr Teachout broadly branding Cuomo as abetting corruption, said he didn't know if Christie had an understanding involving factual cover-ups with the New York governor but suggested Christie should...Read more »
Republican businessman and lawyer Bruce Blakeman heads to Washington tomorrow to raise money as he continues to try to make the case that he can run a competitive campaign against Democrat Kathleen Rice.Blakeman will appear at the Capitol Hill Club, a Republican bastion near the U.S. Capitol, at a hour-long fundraiser starting at 5:30 p.m. It's hosted by former Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S....Read more »
Democratic Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice -- who is running in a district with a prominent Jewish population -- landed Monday night in Tel Aviv, Israel, to meet with economic and national security experts and local community leaders, her campaign said.
Rice, the Nassau district attorney, was scheduled to return to Long Island on Thursday, but aides said that date is now uncertain with...Read more »
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey got Rob Astorino, Republican candidate for governor of New York, a bit of media attention Tuesday — even if it wasn’t the kind the Westchester county executive set out to get.
It started with Christie, campaigning for a GOP hopeful in Connecticut, saying of New York that at the Republican Governors Association, of which he became chairman in November: “We...Read more »
The National Republican Congressional Committee has designated 4th District hopeful Bruce Blakeman as a “contender” in their program to support open-seat candidates across the country.
Blakeman, of Long Beach, is a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature who is facing Democratic Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola).
The...Read more »
The 3rd Congressional District race between incumbent Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Republican Mineola attorney Grant Lally can start in earnest now that GOP candidate Stephen Labate has withdrawn from the race.
On Monday, Labate a Deer Park financial planner, who lost to Lally by 11 votes in the June 24 primary, announced he was withdrawing from the race, and dropping previously announced...Read more »
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s opponents on the left and on the right joined forces Tuesday to try to hit the Democrat on the issue that helped usher him into office four years ago.
Republican and Conservative candidate Rob Astorino and liberal candidate Zephyr Teachout criticized Cuomo for what the challengers called rampant corruption in Albany.
“One thing we can agree on is that...Read more »
NARAL Pro-Choice New York, a political action committee which opposes restrictions on abortion rights, has endorsed Democrat Ethan Irwin in his candidacy against Republican State Sen. Kemp Hannon in the 6th District.
NARAL, which typically endorses Democratic candidates cited Irwin’s efforts to promote women’s health and equality.
“Irwin will not back down in the face of those who wish...Read more »