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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, though bruised by some controversies, said Wednesday he thinks he’s secure in the post he’s held for nearly two decades.
“As strong as the members want it to be,’’ said Silver (D-Manhattan) when asked how strong he is in his role as the house leader, a position he's held since 1994. “I serve at the pleasure of the members. I think I have the support of...Read more »
A Valley Stream insurance executive pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand larceny and money laundering charges in connection with an alleged massive kickback scandal involving the influential former leader of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, state officials said.
Joseph Ross, an owner of Century Coverage Corp., admitted to first-degree grand larceny, first-degree money laundering and...Read more »
More than a decade ago, while first running for City Council, Bill de Blasio was a paid consultant for the Service Employees International Union's New York state council.
As a councilmember, and later the city's public advocate, de Blasio kept an alliance with SEIU and other entities active in organized labor. And in May, a key affiliate -- 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East -- endorsed the...Read more »
Nassau Republican headquarters in Westbury was broken into last week sometime between 10 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday. But insiders say the incident was more of a smash-and-grab than another Watergate.
Nassau County police report that somebody kicked in a second-floor window of the headquarters building on Post Avenue and took five computer towers and four computer...Read more »
Former Gov. David Paterson said that contrary to "recent speculation," he is ruling out "any possible consideration for a potential candidacy" for the House seat currently held by senior Democrat Charles Rangel (D-Harlem).
The full statement from Paterson via spokesman Sean Darcy:
“As a longtime resident of Harlem I have always had a very strong affinity for the issues...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will be at SUNY Old Westbury Tuesday to talk about tax cuts he might propose in 2014, when the governor and state legislators are up for re-election.
Cuomo will be on campus to unveil the recommendations of his hand-picked “Tax Relief Commission.”
The Democrat has previously signaled he wants to propose some sort of property-tax reduction; the governor frequently...Read more »
What is it about this unique season that keeps linking Nicaragua to New York City in the news?
And what is it about government leaders that keeps them clinging to office -- regardless of how they might view capitalism?
Weeks and months ago, we had stories about mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's trips down there in the 1980s when the United States was backing insurgents against the socialist...Read more »
In the wake of the superstorm Sandy crisis, in which the Cuomo administration pointed a particular finger at LIPA, the resulting official motion, noise and changes produced a smaller state authority that would ride herd on a new contractor, PSE&G.
Mark Harrington today describes the alterations and some of the skepticism that greet the new scenario.
Will it work?
Story is posted...Read more »
Reflecting on his recent loss in the Republican New York City mayoral primary, high-profile businessman John Catsimatidis says he's rooting for Democratic mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to succeed at the job, but now wonders if Mayor Michael Bloomberg wasn't right when he proposed nonpartisan municipal elections.
Given the system, with its all-important primaries, a relatively small number of...Read more »
Whatever its ultimate impact may be, a report last week from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's corruption commission buttressed much of what is already known and suspected about the dynamic of campaign money in state elections.
In 54 percent of last year's state legislative races, the winner got 80 percent of the vote or more, and of these victors, 90 percent were already in office, the report notes....Read more »