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NYC: Bloomberg policies dissected by those who'd succeed him

Mayor Michael Bloomberg showed up to a forum

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s troubled, controversial third term, which ends this year, put his administration into the position of a political piñata during a forum Thursday night of six candidates to replace him.

It especially showed on the matter of the New York City Housing Authority where the mayor’s selection of a chairman from the private sector, John B. Rhea, has been on the hot seat for...

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'Draft' Suozzi: How real?

The “draft” movement to “persuade” Tom "Still Not Running" Suozzi to run for his old job as Nassau County executive continues, and it seems to go maybe a bit beyond the video below that’s been in circulation for a couple of weeks.

There’s also the Lets Convince Tom Suozzi Facebook site.

There’s also letsconvincetomsuozzi.com, which reads like a preliminary attack guide on incumbent...

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Mejias not interested in a return to politics -- unless Suozzi joins him

David L. Mejias has been elected president of

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Former Democratic Nassau legislator Dave Mejias said he would consider running for county comptroller in November, but only if former County Executive Tom Suozzi is at the top of the ticket.

Mejias, who served three terms in the legislature representing the 14th District in Farmingdale, said he is currently focused on his divorce law practice and is not interested in running for public office....

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Nassau Democratic leader calls for local checks on future casinos

Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) at a

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has focused on casinos upstate to stimulate a long-static economy there. But the discussion of siting — and the Constitutional amendment allowing it — are a long way from done. Now joining the regional officials calling for a form of local control is Nassau legislative minority leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead).

Here's his statement:

“There is an effort now underway...

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NRA chief hints at NY gun law challenge

NRA president David Keene. (Dec. 21, 2012)

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The president of the National Rifle Association took to the Albany airwaves Wednesday and suggested that parts of New York's new gun control law are unconstitutional and enforceable.

NRA chief David Keene told WGDJ-AM in Albany he thinks some of the law -- pushed through by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo -- might not stand up in court. He also wondered whether the state could keep a new gun database...

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Co-chair of state Democrats 'puzzled' by gov's pension plan; Updated

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks in

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's admonition of fellow Democratic elected officials last week to pursue a unified party message might not have been evident in Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner's reaction to a portion of his budget message.

Cuomo's proposal called for localities to be able to take in advance some of the future savings from the new, cheaper Tier 6 plan. Miner, who happens to be co-chair of...

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Professional group honors Suffolk comptroller's office with award

Suffolk Comptroller Joseph Sawicki’s office has received honors for its “excellence in financial reporting” from the Govenment Finance Officers Association.

The group, which represents 16,000 local government finance officials in the United States and Canada, found Suffolk’s financial reporting demonstrates “a spirit of full disclosure.” Sawicki said the honor “earns us the confidence of Wall...

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Washington: Senate puts off Sandy aid to later this week

Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid on Capitol

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The U.S. Senate was expected to take up the $51 billion federal Sandy recovery package today but ended up putting it off at least for a day while Senate leaders negotiate over changes in filibuster rules.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today promised he would bring up the Sandy recovery aid as soon as he can, saying he'd had conversations about it with Republican leaders.

"That's...

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Cuomo budget will keep state spending growth under 2 percent

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo during his State of

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is set to unveil a budget proposal Tuesday that includes a 3 percent increase in school aid while keeping state spending growth under 2 percent and creating no new taxes, an administration official said. Overall spending could increase roughly 5 percent because of an influx of federal aid for superstorm Sandy.

Cuomo, entering his third year in office, is slated...

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As mayor, Lhota says, he'd be tough on unions, but fair*

Joseph Lhota discusses his positions on urgent issues

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Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, the former MTA chairman, has been speaking on major issues, and AMNY has a compliation of positions. After years of no wage increases, the pressure will be on the next top official in City Hall to negotiate new contracts without breaking the bank, in a time of fiscal straits all over. As Ivan Pereira reports, Lhota has said: ""As mayor, I have to...

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