Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics

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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C.D.3: Israel slams Lally over ties to Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) took aim Monday at GOP opponent Grant Lally’s ties to Gov. Rick Perry, as the Texas Republican faces abuse of power charges.

Israel’s campaign released a YouTube video where Lally touts to the audience at a Republican primary forum that he served as New York vice-chair for Perry’s 2012 Republican presidential bid.

“I think he’s done a great job down in...

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Rep. Pete King, NY Dem Chair David Paterson to go to Israel next week

Rep. Peter King said today that he and former New York Gov. David Paterson next week will join the stream of American politicians going to Israel to show solidarity against Hamas.

King, the Seaford Republican, and Paterson, chairman of the New York State Democratic Party, will fly out Sunday night and return next Thursday, King said.

During the 50 hours they will actually be in Israel,...

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4th Congressional District: Rice calls on Blakeman to endorse mimimum wage hike

Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice called on Republican opponent Bruce Blakeman to join her in endorsing a federal minimum wage increase on Monday.

At a news conference in Garden City, Rice, running against Blakeman in New York’s 4th Congressional District, asked him to co-sign a letter she wrote calling on leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce to approve...

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Kennedy to hold first fund-raiser

John Kennedy Jr. on July 24, 2014.

(Credit: Richard T. Slattery)

Suffolk legislative minority leader John Kennedy Jr., a last-minute entry to the county comptroller's race, will hold his first fundraiser — a $250 a head event — Tuesday night at Windows on the Lake in Ronkonkoma.

Kennedy is hoping the fete will draw 100 donors, and expects to raise enough money to show that he'll be a competitive candidate in the fall. He said invitations for the event went...

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Suffolk CC invites Obama to visit in October

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at Knox

(Credit: AFP/Getty Images / Brendan Smialowski)

Suffolk Community College president Shaun McKay is asking President Barack Obama to come to the Selden campus this fall to learn how the state's largest community college is leading the way to help grow a prosperous middle class for the next generation.

McKay said he decided to invite the president Monday after listening to Obama’s weekend radio address where he talked about higher education...

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A zephyr at her back: Court win, PEF nod, Reddit chat

For someone deemed a 'protest candidate,' Zephyr Teachout

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ZEPH’yr: Noun; a gentle but persistent wind, sometimes with considerable force; often used as a name for trains that take unusual routes.

As much as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has tried to keep Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout from the cool kids’ table in New York politics, she keeps coming at the most powerful politician in the state, demanding a seat.

Last week she beat the court challenge...

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Weighing the guns of August against the politics of November

From here to the Midwest, the actions of law-enforcement authorities form the big political topic of the summer of 2014.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — often labeled a tea party conservative — drew particular attention for his statements on the troubles in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of Michael Brown by a white police officer. He linked a “militarization of law enforcement”...

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