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Yancey Roy

4th CD: With Schumer, Rice campaigns to Jewish voters

Congress is known for gridlock of the political kind, but, for actual backups, it can’t match the aisles of a kosher grocery store on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.

That’s where Democratic House candidate Kathleen Rice was on Tuesday morning as she campaigned with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) following Schumer’s endorsement.

The two, joined by a phalanx of aides, walked through the Gourmet...

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Dinesh D'Souza gets probation for illegal campaign contributions

The conservative educator, writer and film maker Dinesh D'Souza was sentenced to five years probation and a $30,000 fine today for violating campaign finance law in a bid to help Republican candidate Wendy Long in her 2012 challenge to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).D'Souza, 53, of San Diego, pled guilty to making illegal contributions in the names of others to the campaign of Long, a friend...

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4th CD: One Rice-Blakeman debate set; more to come?

Congressional candidates in New York's 4th District are

(Credit: James Escher, Mike Stobe)

The candidates vying to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy in Nassau County’s 4th Congressional District have agreed to one debate so far, as they take part in a tried-and-true campaign-season ritual: each accusing the other of dodging further face-to-face events.

Democrat Kathleen Rice, the Nassau district attorney, and Republican Bruce Blakeman, a former presiding officer of the County...

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Dem leader postpones Denenberg fund-raiser in wake of accusations

State Senate candidate Dave Denenberg, a Democrat, on

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

A top state Democrat has put the brakes on raising money for Senate candidate David Denenberg after his law firm accused him of fraud.

Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) said Tuesday she will postpone  a Denenberg fund-raising trip that had been previously scheduled. Earlier Tuesday, Denenberg's former law sued him, claiming he had billed $2 million in fictitious...

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AG race heats up as Schneiderman starts ad campaign (Update)

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

ALBANY -- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman kicked off his TV ad campaign for re-election on Tuesday asserting his independence. The ad comes a month after Republican challenger John Cahill started running an ad that states he is the candidate who is tough enough to take on Albany corruption.

“I go after those who think they are above the law,” Schneiderman said in his TV ad that highlights...

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Haber wins Green Party nomination; files late campaign finance report with the state

Democratic State Senate candidate Adam Haber won a write-in ballot effort to appear under the Green Party line come Nov. 4th, according to Nassau election officials, but party members are vowing to appeal the results in court.

Nassau Board of Elections Commissioner William Biamonte said on Monday that Haber “won the nomination” after the board tallied the absentee write-in votes from the Sept....

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Rep. Israel urges increased defense tools to Ukraine

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) called for the United States to provide more military support to Ukraine against Russia at a news conference at Eisenhower Park on Monday.

“It is reprehensible that Russia continues to threaten Ukraine, a sovereign nation and a democracy,” Israel said in a statement. He was joined by members of the Ukrainian-American community in front of the Ukrainian Famine...

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Taxi signs still promote tax freeze despite proposed increase

On Sept. 22, 2014, taxis at the Hicksville

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s proposed 2015 budget, which calls for a 3.4 percent increase in general and sewer property taxes, was listed for a vote on the agendas for the Republican-controlled Rules and Finance Committees of the county legislature Monday.

Nevertheless, taxicabs at the Hicksville train station Monday morning, still carried signs on their roofs promoting Republican...

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AG, opponent spar over green credentials

Democrat Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman called for action Monday on climate change, sparking his Republican rival to challenge the incumbent’s environmental credentials.

Schneiderman penned a column for The Huffington Post on the eve of the United Nations climate summit, saying states are leading the way on climate change in the face of gridlock in Washington.

 “That is why...

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CD 4: Rice endorsed by Long Beach City Council Dems

Nassau District Attorney and candidate for Congress Kathleen

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Four Democratic Long Beach City council members have endorsed Kathleen Rice in her bid against Republican Bruce Blakeman for New York’s 4th Congressional District.

On Sunday, Rice was joined by Long Beach City Council President Scott Mandel, Council Vice President Fran Adelson, Councilman Anthony Eramo and Councilman Len Torres at a news conference in front of Eramo’s house to announce the...

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