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In last night’s New York City mayoral debate, Joe Lhota argued that Gov. Andrew Cuomo would not approve opponent Bill de Blasio's plan to raise taxes on top earners. De Blasio denied that.
Today, Newsday’s Yancey Roy reports from Albany that Cuomo told reporters:
“... What I said to Bill de Blasio, specifically on the phone with him, and he knows very well also my disposition and what...Read more »
Nassau’s municipal labor unions may have decided to sit out the county executive race by not doling out endorsements, but four civic groups on Tuesday announced their endorsements in the match between Republican incumbent Edward Mangano and Democrat Thomas Suozzi. Mangano picked up the endorsement of the Nassau County Fire Marshals Benevolent Association, and last night more than a dozen Indian-American...Read more »
During Bill Clinton's presidency, his strategists wielded the buzzword "triangulation."
Fans defined the concept as using progressive policies to quell conservative concerns. Detractors called it nothing more than political difference-splitting.
Whether it's triangulating, or just being a politician, Bill de Blasio -- a Clintonista by background -- sounds bent on convincing...Read more »
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has declined an invitation to appear in a News 12 Long Island debate, citing the station’s refusal to declare on the air its "corporate relationship" with his Democratic opponent, Thomas Suozzi.
Mangano campaign manager Brian Nevin sent a letter on Monday to Patrick F. Dolan, president of News 12 Networks, informing him that the county...Read more »
The campaign of Democratic Nassau County Executive candidate Thomas Suozzi is questioning the honesty of his Republican opponent, County Executive Edward Mangano, in a new “Lie of the Day” email to supporters.
The campaign offensive, which began on Oct. 17, has attacked Mangano for his record on property taxes, reforming the assessment system and for accepting the same wage increase that...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo approved a law Tuesday that would lower property-tax assessments on properties destroyed or damaged by superstorm Sandy.
The measure allows for retroactive assessments of recent tax bills. But municipalities must first “opt in” to the program by passing a local law to participate; municipalities will set the threshold for how much damage a property must have suffered to...Read more »
State Sen. Lee Zeldin now has former U. S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato in his corner in his rematch against Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).
D’Amato has become the latest of a laundry list of officials who have endorsed Zeldin. He already is facing a GOP primary challenge from George Demos, who has banked $1 million for his campaign.
“Senator Lee Zeldin has been a fighter for...Read more »
Democrats in the Nassau County Legislature have submitted amendments to county’s 2014 budget, including reducing the salary of the county executive and merging the offices of the comptroller and the county treasurer.
The 22 budget amendments, which were submitted on Tuesday, would save taxpayers more than $26 million by streamlining operations and reducing salaries, Democratic officials said.
“Our...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a bill that creates disability retirement benefits for fire marshals in Nassau County.
Curiously, the bill had no primary sponsors from Nassau.
Assemb. Peter Abbate Jr. (D-Brooklyn), chairman of the Civil Service Committee, carried the bill in the Assembly. No senator officially sponsored it. In that chamber, it was advanced by the Rules Committee. Watchdogs...Read more »
Lee Zeldin, the Republican state senator from Shirley who announced he's seeking to unseat Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), said today in an email he has signed anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist's "no-tax" pledge. Nearly every Republican in the House have signed on to the pledge sponsored by the advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform - but not all: Rep. Richard Hanna of Barneveld...Read more »