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Dem primary debate for governor likely to include a Republican

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks to the media

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ALBANY — The only debate in the governor’s race before the Sept. 9 Democratic primary apparently won’t include Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Cuomo’s campaign has so far refused to agree to any debate with Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham law professor. Cuomo so far hasn’t even discussed the many invitations to debate, Teachout said.

“The governor hasn’t responded,” Teachout spokesman...

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Levittown lawyer lays out property tax plan in Senate race against Hannon

Ethan Irwin, Democratic candidate for New York State

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Ethan Irwin, the Democratic candidate in Nassau’s 6th Senate District, has rolled out a three-point property tax relief plan.

Irwin, a former U.S. Marine from Levittown, is challenging Republican Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) in November.

Irwin’s plan calls for ending unfunded state mandates and enacting a circuit breaker for people with fixed incomes, including retirees and the disabled,...

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Fuschillo backs Venditto to replace him in State Senate

Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto in a file photo

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Former Republican State Sen. Charles Fuschillo, who vacated the seat late last year, has officially endorsed Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto to replace him in the 8th Senate District.

Venditto, the Republican nominee, takes on fellow Nassau Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) in November.

“Michael Venditto is an excellent candidate who is focused on the right priorities — cutting taxes,...

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No debate planned as Dem primary for governor nears

As their Democratic primary nears, Gov. Andrew M.

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ALBANY -- With just three weeks to go before the state’s Democratic primary, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo so far continues to refuse to commit to any debate with liberal challenger Zephyr Teachout.

Cuomo also hasn’t committed to any debates with Republican challenger Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.

Cuomo’s campaign on Thursday declined to comment on whether it will agree...

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Poll: Half of NYers still not following Moreland case, but more not pleased

ALBANY -- Nearly half of New Yorkers still aren’t following the Moreland Commission corruption conflict in Albany, but the latest poll shows the growing number who are don’t like what they’ve heard.

The Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday said 50 percent of voters disapprove of the way Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is handling ethics in government. In May, 48 percent approved of way Cuomo...

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Astorino offers to debate Cuomo rival

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Wednesday if Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo won't debate Democrat primary foe Zephyr Teachout, he will.

Astorino, the Westchester County executive, said New Yorkers deserve a debate on the issues. So far, Cuomo has ignored calls for debates. Cuomo also has launched a lawsuit aimed at disqualifying Teachout, a Fordham University professor, from the...

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Cuomo still holds big lead over Astorino, despite Moreland controversy

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo continues to hold a

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo continues to hold a sizable lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino, despite assigning the governor a good chunk of the blame in the recent controversy about an anti-corruption commission, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The Quinnipiac University poll found that Cuomo, a Democrat, leads Astorino 56 percent to 28 percent among the 1,034 registered New York...

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Bishop, Zeldin spar over Allen West, Common Core

Labor Day may be the traditional start for fall campaigns, but Republican state Sen. Lee Zeldin and Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop are already swinging away at each other a week early in the battle for the 1st District congressional seat.

Bishop (D-Southampton) on Tuesday attacked  Zeldin for planning to have tea party-backed former Republican congressman Allen West as a “special guest” at...

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Astorino calls for tax cuts, natural gas, and high-tech and agriculture startups

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, center, outlines his

(Credit: AP / Kristopher Radder)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino unveiled a jobs plan Tuesday that calls for cutting taxes and regulations, increasing high-tech and agriculture and allowing hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas.

Astorino also would renew the operating license of the Indian Point nuclear plant in Westchester County, eliminate highway tolls for agricultural trucks and use a $3.6 billion...

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Senate GOP, Dems use history to predict dire futures

ALBANY -- In the fight over control of New York’s Senate, a pair of history lessons were offered Tuesday.

Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) in an “open letter to New York” warned against turning over full control of the chamber to “a small, radical faction of avowed leftists.”

By 2011, after a two-year reign by Democrats, Skelos said: “That Democrat majority had run up...

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