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Paul LaRocco

Paul LaRocco joined Newsday in November 2010, covering the Town of Oyster Bay, City of Glen Cove and the nearby incorporated villages. In the fall of 2011, he began writing about Suffolk County government and politics. Before coming to Newsday, LaRocco worked as a reporter at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., and The Record-Journal in Meriden, Conn.

School speed camera fines climb in Nassau

Cars drive past the speed camera set up

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau continues to rack up millions of dollars in school speed camera revenues, according to the county’s internal accounting system.

As of Oct. 10, the county had recorded $1.4 million in revenues collected from drivers caught on camera speeding through school zones between 7 a.m and 6 p.m. A new view of the computerized accounting system supplied to Newsday shows that by Thursday school...

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4th CD: Rice withdraws from speaking event with controversial figure

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice on Friday withdrew from an official speaking engagement at the Islamic Center of Long Island after reports that a controversial Imam with ties to convicted terrorists was also to appear. 

Rice, a Democrat running for congress in the 4th District, had been listed on fliers for the center's annual fundraising dinner Nov. 23 at the Garden City Hotel,...

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Schneiderman and DiNapoli rally Nassau Democrats

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, left, and New

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, each running for re-election in 11 days, revved up a crowd of more than 150 Democratic activists and political candidates in Williston Park Friday morning.

The campaign rally, at the American Legion Post 144, was one of three stops for Schneiderman and DiNapoli on Friday as they circled the state rallying Democrats...

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Astorino: Cuomo, Obama failed in duty to protect NY from Ebola

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino speaks to the

(Credit: Albany Times Union / Lori Van Buren)

ALBANY — Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino — who has for weeks said the protocols to prevent Ebola patients from entering New York were too weak — now blames “political correctness” for the first case reported in New York City.

“This was avoidable,” said Astorino, the Westchester County executive. “Somehow political correctness was deemed more important than public safety ......

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Cuomo releases his 2014 campaign proposals after only TV debate

ALBANY - After months of being criticized for failing to propose significant new measures for the second term he seeks, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday released a new book of policy objectives.

The campaign book contains many of his former goals and lists current or already announced programs, such as an initiative to reach out to global markets, along with some new ideas.

The book...

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Blakeman’s new TV ad attempts to link Rice to Obama

Republican Bruce Blakeman has released his fourth television ad of the campaign — a 30-second spot that attempts to tie Kathleen Rice, his Democratic opponent in the 4th Congressional District, to President Barack Obama.

The new ad, titled “Failure to Stop,” makes the case that a vote for Rice is a vote for Obama’s policies, including stopping the spread of Ebola and halting ISIS terrorists.


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4th C.D.: Finger-pointing over canceled debate

A canceled debate that was to be hosted by the League of Women Voters of Nassau County has prompted finger-pointing between the would-be organizers and Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman’s campaign.

The League had wanted to host a televised debate between Blakeman and Democrat Kathleen Rice, who are vying to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) in the 4th Congressional...

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Astorino promises late TV ad push, claims campaign donation windfall since debate (update)

New York State Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino,

(Credit: AP / Gary Wiepert)

(Updates with Astorino campaign contributions after debate, Cuomo declining comment)

ALBANY — Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino said he’s received a rush of campaign donations since Wednesday night’s debate with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and will make a late push with more TV ads.

“We’re going to duke it out these last 12 days,” Astorino said Thursday in a news conference. He...

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Cuomo lead drops in poll, but Astorino's unfavorables rise

Going into their first and only scheduled televised

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Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's lead over Republican Rob Astorino has declined somewhat, although his negative ad blitz has taken a toll on his rival, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday.

Cuomo leads Astorino 54 percent to 33 percent, an eight-point drop over the last month, according to the new Siena College survey. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins received 9 percent.


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NY's sole guv-race debate: A Libertarian factor?

An interesting feature of tonight’s one-hour gubernatorial debate out of Buffalo was the appearance of Michael McDermott, the Libertarian candidate, who basked in the same time allocations as three other candidates.

For perspective: Most insiders, pollsters and observers believe that Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is likely to win, that Republican Westchester Executive Rob Astorino has an...

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