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Rick Brand, a Newsday reporter for nearly three decades, writes about politics and government on Long Island.
The veteran reporter has covered a variety of assignments for Newsday in Washington, Albany and around the country and was part of the Long Island staff that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of the crash of TWA Flight 800.
During his career, Brand has been the paper’s lead reporter covering Suffolk county government, and spent three years as the paper’s beat reporter covering LILCO during the height of the controversy over the Shoreham nuclear power plant. He has also headed the paper’s East End bureau and even spent a summer doing a gossip column on the Hampton’s social whirl.
Brand had also worked several stints in Newsday’s Albany Bureau during the Carey and Cuomo administrations. He covered the upset victory of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, Long Island’s first woman congresswoman, and the 1997 U.S. Senate battle between Alfonse D'Amato and Chuck Schumer and part of the marathon Senate campaign that led to the election of Hillary Clinton.
Before joining Newsday, Brand, a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, worked as news editor of Suffolk Life Newspapers and as a reporter for the Long Island News and the Buffalo Courier Express.
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...Read more »
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,...Read more »
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...Read more »
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 ......Read more »
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...Read more »
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.
Blakeman,...Read more »
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...Read more »
(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...Read more »
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.
Cuomo's...Read more »
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...Read more »