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It was a day of swan songs at the Suffolk Legislature Tuesday.
County Executive Steve Bellone made a rare appearance at the legislature building in Hauppauge to sign a bill that would name the Hauppauge North complex after the late Presiding Officer William Lindsay.
Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley ran his last meeting in his 36-day reign as official legislative leader, although he had...Read more »
Rep. Pete King wasted no time firing back at the Tea Party Express, which attacked him as a "country-club Republican" and "big government" proponent after King created a leadership PAC to continue campaigning against the GOP's Ted Cruz wing.
"Obviously I have touched a raw nerve of these people because I have exposed them for the frauds that...Read more »
For months now Rep. Pete King has regularly and publicly attacked the tea party wing of the Republican Party for shutting down the government over Obamacare and sounding soft on national security, but it took his creation of a leadership political action committee to get a response out of a tea party group.
In New Hampshire today on his fourth trip testing the waters for the presidency,...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo didn’t bite Monday when asked about a proposal by Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) to eliminate some student testing, re-evaluate the Common Core academic standards and tighten student-data privacy.
Flanagan, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, unveiled his proposed legislation last week.
"Who is this?" Cuomo said when a reporter asked him...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo opened the door Monday to delaying a decision on natural gas drilling even further. The governor signaled he might not make a decision on whether to allow a high-volume, horizontal drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") until after Election Day.
This would be the latest in a series of postponements by the Democrat, whom the New York...Read more »
[From the Cuomo Watch column in today's Spin Cycle page]
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has until midnight Wednesday to sign or veto a controversial bill determining the future of the former Freeport Armory.
The bill, championed by Assemb. Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead), would transfer ownership of the old military facility to Cedarmore Corp., a non-profit that shares space with the Zion Cathedral...Read more »
In the wheeling and dealing for the Suffolk County Legislature’s next presiding officer, several legislative sources say a behind the scenes maneuver is under discussion to have Assemb. Robert Sweeney not run for re-election next fall as a lure for Legis. DuWayne Gregory to seek the state seat next November rather than presiding officer in January.
The move, sources say is to clear the way...Read more »
Bobbie Sackman of New York City's Council of Senior Centers & Services proclaims an "aging tsunami." The group's newly-issued policy agenda offers an eyebrow-raiser: "By 2030 New York's 60-plus population will increase to a projected 1.84 million — a 47 percent increase from 2000."
The full document is posted here: CSCSTransitionPaper_2013
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Many murky questions persist in the politically charged tale of Thomas Dale's resignation as Nassau police commissioner. What's clear, though, is how quickly an elected executive can do an about-face when circumstance compels him to cut loose an underling -- even a demonstrably loyal one.
On Nov. 20, newly re-elected County Executive Edward Mangano was asked if he was considering policy changes...Read more »
Suffolk Sheriff Vincent DeMarco said last week he opposed the bill to allow elected officials terms to be cut short partly a response to behind the scenes discussions in Bellone administration last year to create a corrections department and ax his office.
The sheriff, a Conservative, said Democrat Bellone did not deny that the idea was under consideration when he raised the issue with the...Read more »