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Absentee ballots in race for Romaine's former seat split along party lines

With little more than a week left before balloting, 1,002 voters have requested absentee ballots for the Jan. 15 special election for Edward Romaine’s former First District legislative seat.

The requests are nearly evenly split between both major parties in the race between Riverhead’s Republican Supervisor Sean Walter and Democratic Southold town board member Alfred Krupski.

Republican...

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In memoriam: 'O'Rourke-for-New York'

Former Westchester County Executive Andrew O'Rourke speaks at

(Credit: AP, 1998)

When Westchester County Executive Andy O'Rourke ran for governor in 1986, the chant from supporters went, "O'Rourke for New York!" He seemed to enjoy the run, touring with a cardboard cutout of Gov. Mario Cuomo, his opponent, as a bit of mockery. O'Rourke lost in a landslide that year.

O'Rourke died at 79 late this past week in the Bronx.

The GOP state committee sends this...

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New York's DAs-for-life and the term-limit question

Richard Brown of Queens is only one of

(Credit: John Roca, 2012)

For a variety of possible reasons, a DA-for-life phenomenon -- or something close to it -- is common in New York State. Brooklyn's District Attorney Charles Hynes, who is seeking re-election again, took office in 1990; Robert Johnson has been Bronx district attorney. since 1989, and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, since 1991. In Manhattan, Robert Morgenthau served in the job for 35 years,...

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On the faction front: Another GOP contender for mayor?

Once again, state Republican chairman Ed Cox seems to be inviting contenders to sign up for consideration for a big GOP nomination. In 2010, he was pushing then-Suffolk Executive Steve Levy to be considered by registered party members, enraging candidate Rick Lazio, who lost a primary to Carl Paladino, who proved famously angry, dark, and undisciplined and lost decisively to Democrat Andrew Cuomo. ...

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Klein: Cuomo will unveil minimum wage proposal

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to roll out a proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage during his State of the State address, a top Democrat said Friday.

Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx), co-leader of the State Senate, met with Cuomo behind closed doors primarily on gun control, though they discussed other issues.

Asked if Cuomo would have a minimum-wage proposal in his address next Wednesday,...

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Fight over Nassau redistricting continues

After hearing from some 70 speakers at its last public hearing Thursday, Nassau’s advisory redistricting commission will not be making any recommendations for a new legislative district map when it turns its records over to the county legislature.

The 10-member commission could not agree on any of three maps it will be submitting to the legislature Saturday: one proposed by the five Republican...

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Gun control talks heat up

 A key bloc of Senate Democrats emerged from a huddle Friday with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo saying the governor wants to pass a package of gun-control legislation as soon as possible — sometime this month.

During the 90-minute meeting, the governor and the five-member Independent Democratic Conference pored over a “comprehensive” gun proposal “step by step,” said Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx),...

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Democratic party insiders urge Suozzi to challenge Mangano

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, right, speaks with

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

The drumbeat to draft former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi to run for his old job appears to be growing.

Party insiders are circulating a video of Suozzi’s introduction at last month’s county Democratic Committee dinner, where the former two-term county executive received a standing ovation. The crowd also erupted in a loud “we want Suozzi” chant.

Suozzi has said repeatedly that...

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Washington: McCarthy files bill to ban big ammo clips

On the first day of the new Congress, Long Island’s Rep. Carolyn McCarthy once again introduced a bill to ban high-capacity ammunition clips in the hope it succeeds after the horror of the Newtown school massacre.

McCarthy, a Mineola Democrat, has sought to reinstate the ban on those ammunition magazines in each Congress since it expired in 2004, 10 years after it first passed in 1994 partly...

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Storm panel: Create fuel reserve, mandate backup power at some gas stations

People wait in line with their gas cans

(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

To better prepare for hurricanes and other storms, New York should create a strategic fuel reserve, require gasoline stations in key areas to have backup generators on-site, create a centralized emergency training program and use texting to send storm-related "geographic specific" information to residents, two state panels said Thursday.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who created the panels...

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