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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.
Beating Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to the punch, Senate Republicans issued their own set of recommended tax and spending cuts Tuesday, including enacting a permanent 2 percent cap on spending growth.
Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) issued the GOP’s “Report on Tax Reform” about six weeks before the kickoff of the 2014 legislative session and weeks before a tax study group formed...Read more »
The Village of Freeport doesn’t have to continue representing former Freeport Mayor William Glacken and other officials after they refused to sign a settlement in a long-running lawsuit involving developer Gary Melius, New York’s top court ruled Tuesday.
Melius has settled one lawsuit that claimed the village tried to seize his Brooklyn Water Works property through a deed scheme. The village...Read more »
People in the school communities -- parents, teachers, administrators -- sound as fed up with testing burdens as businesses and individuals are with tax burdens.
This story in Newsday from last week is a good illustration.
Maybe some tweaks or adjustments in the state approach will make a difference. Maybe it's all growing pains, as Core Curriculum fans will tell you. But we're coming...Read more »
Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson -- who spent $100 million on campaigns in the last election -- is promising to bring big bucks in his fight against Internet gambling, and he set up an interesting intraparty and intrastate battle with his choice for a spokesman.
Former New York Gov. George Pataki, the last Republican to hold that seat, will be one of three people to speak out against...Read more »
Before the Nov. 5 election gets too small in the rear-view mirror, a few notes:
Notably, Democrat Howard Weitzman ran more strongly in his unsuccessful comeback bid for Nassau comptroller, against winner George Maragos, than did Thomas Suozzi in his rematch against Edward Mangano for county executive.
Weitzman’s election-night tally was 124,172 votes (47 percent) versus Suozzi’s 111,884...Read more »
Carl Paladino’s threat to run again for governor probably is music to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s ears.
In 2010, one of the best years for conservatives in recent memory, Paladino, the fiery Buffalo businessman, lost to Cuomo by 30 points.
His considering a run on the Conservative Party ticket is more of a worry to Republicans who don’t want a third-party candidate siphoning votes from the...Read more »
Jay Jacobs, the Nassau County Democratic chairman, said he couldn’t make the daylong Manhattan event last Tuesday sponsored by the Ready for Hillary superpac urging Hillary Clinton to jump into the 2016 presidential race.
“I am happy to help them out, and, of course, am committed to Hillary Clinton if she decides to run,” said Jacobs, who has chipped in $5,000 to the superpac. “But I think...Read more »
Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, got back the $140,000 he loaned his party just before Election Day.
Schaffer had advanced Democrats $50,000 last December to help pay for the special election which made Alfred Krupski a county legislator.
Later he lent the party $90,000 for the highway superintendent race of town board member Kathleen Walsh -- who at the time was a Republican...Read more »
Democrats’ losing Brookhaven supervisor candidate Vivian Viloria-Fisher took aim at Suffolk party chairman Richard Schaffer late last week for failing to support the town campaign.
Fisher made her remarks at a meeting of the Three Village Democratic Club. “He just washed his hands of Brookhaven,” she said in an interview later, noting that he shifted tens of thousand of dollars to wage a primary...Read more »
Controversial and often litigious developer Robert Toussie was a big buyer in the recent county auction that netted Suffolk more than $5 million.
A list, provided as backup for a resolution approving auction sales, listed Toussie as a principal in the firm, Joy Selter LLC, for the purchase of 18 properties with a sale price totaling $639,000.
Selter was also listed as buyer of six of...Read more »