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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 »
A day after pressing legislators for campaign-finance reform, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo held a fundraiser featuring Billy Joel, with top tickets going for $50,000.
On Monday, he’s slated to hold another campaign event in Washington. Top ticket price: $25,000.
According to the invitation, the committee for the D.C. fundraiser is co-chaired by lobbyist Tony Podesta, whose brother, John Podesta,...Read more »
New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has a lone Long Islander on his 73-member inaugural committee — Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs.
The committee handles logistics for inaugural celebrations in the five boroughs and may help with fundraising.
Jacobs, who held an early fundraiser for de Blasio, said he is friends with the mayor-elect and worked with his wife, Chirlane McCray....Read more »
With a town board seat and a judgeship still on the line, the ongoing legal battle over Brookhaven’s ballot count has drawn a cast of well-known local lawyers.
Representing Republicans in State Supreme Court are former Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli and GOP counsel Steven Losquadro, brother of Brookhaven Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro.
The Democratic side includes Brookhaven...Read more »
The Suffolk Legislature’s Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley will leave county government before month’s end. But another Horsley is remaining on the county workforce.
The county legislature last week unanimously approved a a resolution to permit Horsley’s daughter Jacqueline to a $50,000 a year job as an intergovernmental analyst I in the labor and consumer affairs department.
She had...Read more »
The Third Party Club, a joint venture of Indepedence Party chairman Frank MacKay and Conservative leader Edward Walsh, is no more.
But a new venture, the Long Island Social Media Group, has emerged.
Like the club, which disbanded after nearly 13 years, the media group will also gather on the last Monday of the month and in the same place, Blue, a restaurant in Blue Point. And in their...Read more »
Could Suffolk officials celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next year by naming of the county’s north Hauppauge complex after late Presiding Officer William Lindsay (D-Holbrook)?
Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley (D-Babylon) suggested the Irish holiday as a potential date for a ceremony because Lindsay every year held a St. Patrick’s Day breakfest with pipers and step dancers. “That would be something,”...Read more »
Add the name of Patchogue’s Mayor Paul Pontieri to the list of potential contenders for Lee Zeldin’s state Senate seat.
Pontieri's is the first Democratic name to surface. He joins Republican Brookhaven town board member Timothy Mazzei, Islip Conservative town board member Anthony Senft, Islip Supervisor Tom Croci and former Assemb. Dean Murray, who have been mentioned as potential candidates...Read more »
Cheryl Pallotta, wife of Islip Democratic chairman Jerry Palotta, started work last week as $43,937 a year assistant election clerk at the Suffolk Board of Elections.
Critics say the hiring is a reward to Pallotta, whose town committee abandoned Legis. Rick Montano in favor of Monica Martinez, who was heavily backed by County Executive Steve Bellone and beat the veteran lawmaker in both the...Read more »