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Union leaders address ‘poor word choices’ in Cuomo name calling

ALBANY _ Two union presidents said  “poor word choices” at a rally in which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was called a monkey diverted attention from the message by organized labor.

On Wednesday a rally of several public employee unions in Albany included name-calling of the governor from the podium as leaders criticized Cuomo’s budget. Cuomo wants to close some prisons and some health facilities...

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Parents aim to shakeup Regents' elections

A parents group is trying to challenge the normally sleepy process of state Board of Regents elections.

The Regents —- who set educational policy in the state -— are elected by the Legislature. Because of the “one person, one vote” process used for Regents, the Democrat-dominated Assembly effectively controls the selections.

The parents group, New York State Allies for Public Education,...

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NY bill would give adoptees better access to birth certificates

New York’s Legislature is considering a proposal that would provide adopted New Yorkers easier and certain access to their original birth certificates.

Right now an adoptee must go through a long process that isn’t guaranteed to result in release of the birth certificate. Birth certificates could identify parents and possibly early medical history. The information could also help a person...

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NYC: Stop-frisk already declined sharply under Bloomberg-Kelly

Say goodbye to "stop-and-frisk" as a political flashpoint in New York City.

The issue was well on its way to dissipating before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that the city agreed to reform "overuse" of the NYPD tactic. This had a twofold purpose: to settle a widely watched federal lawsuit and to fulfill a campaign promise.

By official accounts, the "stop" numbers were dropping...

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Cronin weighs rematch vs. Hannon

Ryan Cronin on May 29, 2012.

(Credit: David Pokress)

Democrat Ryan Cronin said Thursday he is thinking about challenging state Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) again.

“I am considering it,” Cronin said. “I’ve had a lot of conversations with donors. I’m being encouraged by supporters. I’m now going through the process to make a decision.”

Hannon defeated Cronin 52 percent to 48 percent in 2012. Now in his 13th term, Hannon heads the Senate...

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Debate set for candidates in Nassau special election

The two candidates vying for the Nassau County legislative seat vacated earlier this month by Robert Troiano will square off in a debate on Feb. 6 hosted by the League of Women Voters.

Democrat Siela Bynoe, a top official at the Huntington Housing Authority, will challenge Republican Pepitz Blanchard of Westbury, a respiratory therapist for Nassau University Medical Center.

The debate...

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Nassau's Denenberg ponders state senate run

Nassau Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) came close Thursday to saying he will run for the state senate seat vacated by Merrick Republican Charles Fuschillo, but stopped short of committing to the race.

“I’m thinking strongly about it,” Denenberg said in an interview. “I’m leaning towards running. I would think I would make an announcement within the next two weeks.”

With District Attorney...

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Abrahams responds to Rice's candidacy in NY-4

Nassau County Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams has

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Fresh off his first fundraiser Wednesday night, Nassau County Legislative Minority Leader – and potential 4th Congressional District candidate – Kevan Abrahams responded Thursday morning to Kathleen Rice’s announced bid for the seat.

Rice, the Nassau district attorney, is being supported by the district’s retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), but Abrahams said he’s exploring a possible...

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Now a candidate, Rice resigns as corruption panel co-chair

Nassau DA Kathleen Rice co-chairs the Cuomo panel

(Credit: Jason Andrew)

Now that her candidacy in the 4th Congressional District is official, Democrat Kathleen Rice has resigned as co-chair of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s special commission to investigate public corruption.

In a letter Wednesday to Cuomo, Rice, the Nassau district attorney, writes that, “as I announce this week that I am seeking a new public office, I find it crucial to insulate and safeguard the Commission’s...

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More drumroll on the prospect of a third Bush presidency

Left: In this Oct. 24, 2013, photo, former

(Credit: Getty Images/AP)

Jeb Bush, brother and son of former presidents, says he doesn't get up every day and think about running for the White House, but will make a decision later in the year. If he squares off against Hillary Clinton in 2016, it will mark the 24th anniversary of Bill Clinton opposing George H.W. Bush. Are these two ex-presidential families like the Adamses, really?

From Politico:

'The decision...

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Sec. of State John Kerry seeking more authority for the administration to fight ISIS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning of “dangerous concessions” if rivals win election. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): “Is there ever a good time to admit our country tortured people?"

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