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Most of the money Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has raised since taking office has come from big donors, according to a new report Wednesday.
Cuomo has raised $21.4 million over the last two years -- $16.9 million of that, or 79 percent, has come from donors who gave $10,000 or more, according to the New York Public Interest Research Group.
At least 142 donors gave Cuomo $40,000...Read more »
The House cleared a $51-billion superstorm Sandy recovery package Tuesday, and the details reported by Tom Brune are posted here.
In photo above, taken Tuesday, Long Island's county executives, Steve Bellone and Ed Mangano, and Reps. Peter King and Steve Israel flank House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Statement from Israel: “Almost three months after Sandy hit, New Yorkers can...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo tapped a law professor from the Bronx Tuesday for a seat on New York’s top court.
Jenny Rivera, 52, a professor at the City University of New York School of Law, would replace Carmen Ciparick who stepped down from the Court of Appeals after reaching the mandatory retirement age.
Ciparick’s departure left the seven-member court without a Hispanic — until Rivera’s...Read more »
Frank MacKay, state and Suffolk Independence Party chairman, has decided to back Assemb. Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham) in the March 5 special election for Brookhaven highway superintendent, even though his opponent, town board member Kathleen Walsh, filed papers earlier this month to join MacKay’s minor party.
MacKay filed nominating papers with the Suffolk Board of elections on Monday but could...Read more »
While vote counting is still hours away, the Suffolk Board of Elections has already received 802 absentee ballots in the special election to fill the vacancy of former GOP Legis. Edward Romaine in the first district.
Today’s contest pits Republican Sean Walter, the Riverhead supervisor, against Democrat Alfred Krupski, a Southold town board member, to succeed Republican Romaine, who was elected...Read more »
Nassau Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) on Monday took on Looks Great Services after the tree-debris removal firm threatened to sue her for questioning more than $40 million the county expects to pay the Huntington company for Superstorm Sandy cleanup.
"I'm not going to let them intimidate me in any way," said DeRiggi-Whitton, who has complained about a Looks Great crew...Read more »
While guns are in the Capitol spotlight, today also happens to be the deadline for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to nominate a judge to New York's top court.
This will be Cuomo's first chance to name a member of the Court of Appeals.
He has seven nominees to choose from. The state Bar Association found one of the candidates "not qualified."
The governor will be filling a vacancy...Read more »
Howard Weitzman's announcement formally revealing his candidacy for comptroller comes in an email blast to supporters and ends with an invite to a March 19 kickoff fundraiser at the Chateau Briand catering hall in Carle Place. The text:
It’s been a long three years since I ended my second term as Nassau County Comptroller.
Like you, I have watched our County descend in freefall towards...Read more »
New York leaders have reached a tentative agreement to strengthen gun control laws and could vote on it by Monday evening, the Legislature’s top Democrat said.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said legislators and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reached a deal Monday afternoon. Though final details were still being discussed, lawmakers have been discussing laws to tighten loopholes in New...Read more »
To nobody's surprise, but for the first time, Joe Lhota said in a public forum that he is running for mayor. He was appearing before a construction industry group at a luncheon where he will be looking to raise funds.
"I would not have left the MTA, a job and position I loved, if I was not going to run for mayor of New York," Lhota is quoted by the Post's Dave Seifman as saying earlier...Read more »