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Robert Brodsky

Robert Brodsky has been a reporter at Newsday since April 2011, covering Nassau County government and politics. Prior to that, he spent four years in Washington, D.C. at Government Executive, a magazine and Web site focused on the business side of the federal government. Brodsky has also worked for the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C. investigative Web site.

3rd S.D.: Fritz petitions survive Senate Democrats' objections

Democratic State Senate contender Joseph Fritz withstood objections raised by the Senate Democratic campaign at the Suffolk Board of Elections to knock him off the primary ballot in the third district.

The election commissoners late Wednesday voted unanimously that Fritz had more than 1,000 signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot. Fritz, who have filed more...

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De Blasio on Cuomo's Moreland fiasco: I'm too busy with city business to pay attention

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he’s just too busy with city business to pay attention to controvery over whether Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo meddled in the work of his anti-corruption panel.

“I’m not following it because I have a lot of other things to do. I try to keep up a bit with the world, but when I look at the media, I am focused on the things that affect the City of New York directly,...

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Good-government advocate says Cuomo’s response falls short

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks about ongoing economic

(Credit: AP / The Buffalo News, John Hickey)

ALBANY -- Good-government advocate Blair Horner says Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s explanation Monday that he was simply advising his corruption commission, not interfering or steering it, falls short of what the public deserves.

“What should have been a legacy of fighting public corruption has become yet another symbol of Albany’s dysfunction,” said Horner of the New York Public Interest Research...

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Astorino goes there: Compares Cuomo to ‘mafia boss’

ALBANY _ Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino hit a sensitive nerve with the Cuomo family Monday by saying  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo acted like a “mafia boss” by meddling with a corruption commission.

Cuomo on Monday said he was simply advising the Moreland Commission on public corruption that he created.

Astorino didn’t buy it.

“To suggest that he was suggesting to...

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It's all show biz: House Speaker John Boehner uses Billy Joel titles to spoof Obama

This July 24, 2014, file photo shows Speaker

(Credit: AP)

House Speaker John Boehner's office chooses to riff, in a release on Friday from his office, on the Library of Congress honoring Billy Joel by taking light-hearted shots at the Obama administration using various of his song titles.

Usage of this kind has been going on for quite a while. Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is friends with the Piano Man, who appears in ads to boost New York State....

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Cuomo defends contact with corruption panel, calls it ‘a phenomenal success’

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announces his appointment for

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in his first comments since he was accused in a press report of improper meddling in a corruption commission on Monday declared the commission a “phenomenal success.”

Cuomo denied interfering with the Moreland Commission he created in July 2013 and which focused on the State Legislature, rather than the governor’s office.

Following months of press reports,...

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Cuomo to face reporters for 1st time since corruption panel conflict

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and top aide Lawrence

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is scheduled to face reporters Monday for the time since Wednesday’s article in The New York Times reported instances of intense involvement by Cuomo into a corruption commission.

Cuomo will be in Buffalo making an economic development announcement and is scheduled to meet with reporters afterward.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is trying...

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3rd AD: GOP goes to court against Hennessey, on residency

Edward Hennessey on June 27, 2014.

(Credit: James Escher)

Suffolk Republicans have gone to court claiming that freshman Assemb. Edward Hennessey does not live in his district but rather still resides in East Moriches.

Hennessey won an upset victory two years ago, but did not have to live in the Third Assembly district at the time because lines in all legislative seats were redrawn that year as part of a once-a-decade reapportionment.

Hennessey...

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Ex-Assemb. Thomas Alfano lands at NUMC as $199G staff attorney

Former Assemb. Thomas Alfano, a Republican who represented North Valley Stream until he decided against seeking re-election in 2010, has a new job at Nassau University Medical Center for $199,000 a year.

A spokeswoman for the public hospital said Alfano, a lawyer with 30 years experience, joined the center’s legal department in June to replace a staff attorney who had resigned a few months...

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Running unopposed, 4 NY House candidates have already won

Congratulate the four winners in the Nov. 4 New York congressional races! They have no opponents in the general election.

The winners are: Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans), who represents Queens and two slices of Nassau County; Rep. Grace Meng (D-Bayside), who replaced longtime Long Island Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights), who is now retired; Rep. Eliot...

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