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Venditto joins chorus opposing Freeport Armory transfer

  Add Sen.-elect Michael Venditto to list of those opposing the idea of giving the Freeport Armory to a church-affiliated nonprofit for $1.

  Venditto, a Republican who takes office on New Year’s Day, has written a letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo asking him to veto a bill backed by Assemb. Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead) to transfer the property to Cedarmore Corp., a nonprofit affiliated...

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Cuomo calls for 'peace and calm' in wake of NYPD officer deaths

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, second from left, visits

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday called for calm and reflection this week in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers amid protests over the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner by police.

“My message today to all the leaders who are involved on all sides of this — the union officials, the activists, the elected officials — I think it’s time to for...

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Future of Skelos-Klein Albany power pact unclear

With the State Legislature set to convene the first week of January, it’s still unclear if Senate co-leaders Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) will remain, in fact, joint leaders.

  After Republicans won an outright Senate majority last month, Skelos doesn’t need Klein and his band of five renegade Democrats to be elected leader. But both men have said they...

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Nassau's Blakeman could return to Hempstead Town board, GOP insiders say

Come January, unsuccessful Republican Congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman could wind up where he started in politics — on the Hempstead Town Board.

Here’s the scenario from three GOP insiders: If the GOP-controlled Nassau legislature confirms Republican County Executive Edward Mangano’s appointment of Hempstead Town board member James Darcy as a district court judge in January, the Republican-controlled...

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Nassau chief Assistant DA Singas creates campaign committee to succeed Rice

The day after winning a congressional seat in last month’s election, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice made clear she wanted Madeline Singas, her chief assistant, to succeed her as district attorney pending next November’s election.

Now the state Board of Elections has received filings for a “Friends of Madeline Singas” campaign committee, in care of Tucker Green Consulting in Manhattan....

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Tensions simmer between Democratic chairs in Nassau, Long Beach

Tensions are evident these days between Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs and Long Beach Democratic chairman Michael Zapson. Whether the clash will affect any future races remains to be seen.

Jacobs met Dec. 1 with local Democrats in the City by the Sea where, sources say, some criticisms were leveled at Zapson’s leadership. There was also a separate face-to-face between the county and...

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Bellone administration seeks to keep Suffolk bond counsel

Only days before Republican Comptroller-elect John M. Kennedy is to take office, the Bellone administration last week sought to get approval from the county waiver committee to give authority to the Uniondale law firm of Harris, Beach a new contract as bond counsel that could last up to four years.

Kennedy appeared at the meeting and said he supported the waiver because County Attorney Dennis...

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Suffolk AME president gets court order reversed

Embattled Association of Muncipal Employees president Dan Farrell late Friday got a reversal on a court order that would have forced a board of directors meeting Monday, which could have led to a possible vote to suspend him.

Farrell and his new lawyer John Denby went to the Appellate Dvision in Brooklyn on Friday because he argued that he “never got a a chance to present his side” in the...

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Suffolk Presiding Officer Gregory chosen again to lead Democrats' caucus

The Suffolk Legislature's 12-member Democratic caucus voted to give Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory a second one-year term as legislative leader late last week at party headquarters in Bohemia.

“Everyone said that DuWayne and done a terrific job and kept everyone together,” said Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman.

Schaffer said the county executive did not attend the meeting...

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Suffolk to appeal court ruling on referendum requirement

Suffolk County Attorney Dennis Brown in executive sesssion last week told county lawmakers the Bellone administration will challenge a recent Appellate Division decision won by environmentalists, according to legislative sources.

The unanimous ruling found a legislature can put language into a referendum to bar future lawmakers from changing a law without holding another public vote.

County...

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