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Suffolk Sheriff Vincent DeMarco and County Executive Steve Bellone met for nearly two hours late Friday afternoon about filling 18 deputy vacancies in the sheriff's office, but the county executive gave no immediate answer on how many jobs he might allow to be filled.
DeMarco said Bellone told him to resubmit hiring forms for the vacancies, and said he would give him an answer Monday.
“We...Read more »
The Nassau Conservative Party will back Republican Bruce Blakeman in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.
Party leaders voted to endorse Blakeman, the former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, over fellow Republican Frank Scaturro, a New Hyde Park attorney who is waging a primary campaign in the 4th Congressional District.
Blakeman, 58, of Long Beach,...Read more »
ALBANY _ Republican Rob Astorino is planning his first major fundraiser in his campaign for governor, but his ticket price is a fraction of the usual rate for Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s events.
Astorino plans a March 26 fundraiser in Westchester County, where he is the second-term county executive. The top price is $5,000 to be in the “chairman’s club.” That buys four tickets,...Read more »
The Nassau County Republican Committee has decided to back Legis. Michael Venditto, son of longtime Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, to run for the 8th Senate District.
The seat was vacated by ex-Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr., who resigned Dec. 31 to take a job with a nonprofit.
Democrats have endorsed Legis. David Denenberg.
Newsday's Robert Brodsky has the full story on the...Read more »
Key school issues are commanding big attention statewide just as a governor’s race gets underway — signaling education embroilments that go deeper than the usual pledges of fealty to kids.
Viewed through the electoral lens, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appears to be fortifying himself against attack from his Republican opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. To gain traction on education...Read more »
ALBANY -- Republican Rob Astorino launched his campaign against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday in one of the Democrat's strongholds in the Bronx, then repeated the announcement in Buffalo.
"I'm going to go where Republicans don't typically go," Astorino said outside the Bronx County Courthouse. "I'm going to ask every New Yorker the same question: Are we winning or are we losing as a state?"
The...Read more »
Four out of the five countywide elected officials in Suffolk did not attend County Executive Steve Bellone's State of the County Speech on Wednesday night.
District Attorney Thomas Spota, a Democrat, County Treasurer Angie Carpenter, a Republican, County Clerk Judith Pascale, a Republican, and Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, a Conservative Party member, were no-shows...Read more »
Cuomo says talks underway that could provide charter schools with space in traditional public schools
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that a legislative solution which could provide “co-location” of charter schools within traditional public schools is being discussed with legislative leaders.
Cuomo’s comments came a day after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver questioned Cuomo’s ability to commit additional state money to charter schools to pay for classroom space.
Cuomo said...Read more »
Opponents of the nearly three-year wage freeze on Nassau employees have posted a sign on a heavily traveled county roadway, calling for a state oversight board to return “stolen money.”
The red and white sign, posted near the corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Newbridge Road, tells the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, a state monitoring board in control of the county’s finances, to “end political...Read more »
In his first day of his campaign for governor, Republican Rob Astorino gained the important personal endorsement of state Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long.
The Conservative Party line has been essential for Republicans seeking statewide office in the state dominated by Democratic voters.
“I am personally endorsing him,” Long told Newsday after standing with Astorino at his campaign...Read more »