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Suffolk Democrats raised $300,000 at their fall dinner last week, but the party incorrectly listed the Long Island Association on a big sign as a host sponsor for the event at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook which drew nearly 500.
The business group never made the $10,000 contribution or any donation to the party dinner because by law, the LIA, registered as a nonprofit group, cannot not make...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will endorse Democrat Thomas Suozzi for Nassau County executive at a rally Saturday, sources with direct knowledge told Newsday.
Cuomo will make the announcement at a Democratic unity rally; he will endorse party candidates in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The event is slated for 11 a.m. at the Albertson VFW Hall.
Suozzi is trying to unseat Republican County Executive...Read more »
The humor in an attempt at a bilingual joke appears to have gotten lost in translation at a recent Hispanic Heritage Month event at Huntington Town Hall.
Democratic town board member Mark Cuthbertson, addressing the crowd in Spanish, said he wanted to have some fun at the expense of Republican town board colleagues Mark Mayoka and Gene Cook, who were in the audience.
Noting that neither...Read more »
For a few weeks, the Cuomo administration hasn't shot down murmurs that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy was interested in a Rochester-area business job and might not be on the 2014 election ticket.
Today, the Albany Times Union reported that Duffy had indeed interviewed for the top post at the Rochester Business Alliance on Oct. 5, which the Cuomo administration confirmed. A Cuomo aide also said Duffy...Read more »
More than 100 large signs supporting the campaign of Republican County Executive Edward Mangano were damaged or stolen on Wednesday night, according to campaign spokesman Brian Nevin.
The vandalism and thefts occurred in the late evening hours of Oct. 23 in the neighborhoods of Bethpage, East Meadow, Farmingdale, Levittown, Bellmore, Merrick, and Wantagh, Nevin said.
The incidents,...Read more »
With Election Day nearing, gambling interests deposited nearly $500,000 into a pro-casino campaign committee this week.
The committee, which dubbed itself “New York Jobs Now,” is running ads to promote a “yes” vote on Proposition 1 this year, a proposal to amend the state constitution to allow seven non-Indian-run casinos. The group is a coalition of unions and business interests, including...Read more »
U.S. District Court Judge Paul Crotty was surprisingly overruled on appeal in a case brought by forces allied with GOP mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, challenging the state’s $150,000 individual limit on political action committee contributions.
The case, presented as a First Amendment issue, of course has implications beyond the mayoral race.
For those interested in the who's-who of things:...Read more »
The Nassau Police Benevolent Association has announced that it will not endorse a candidate in the race between County Executive Edward Mangano and his Democratic opponent, Thomas Suozzi, citing the ongoing contractual negotiations with the county.
The PBA and other county unions — most of whom are also staying neutral in the race — are negotiating with Mangano and the Nassau Interim Finance...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a new law that makes it easier for Riverhead to develop Enterprise Park at Calverton, a measure some had called the blueprint for the town’s economic future.
Cuomo’s approval clears the way for the town to transform about 1,200 acres of the 3,000-acre EPCAL, after years of haggling between developers and environmentalists over the former U.S. Navy site.
To...Read more »
Despite antitrust objections by the state attorney general, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a new law that will let Nassau Health Care Corp. collaborate with North Shore-LIJ Health System in certain circumstances to reduce costs.
Nassau Health Care Corp., widely known as NuHealth, had lobbied for the approval, saying the partnership with North Shore-LIJ was vital to its financial future. Sen....Read more »