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Retiring SCCC faculty union president called 'consummate professional'

President of the Suffolk Community College faculty union Ellen Schuler Mauk, the county’s longest tenured labor leader, is retiring from her union post at the end of the school year after 34 years.

Schuler Mauk’s influence and clout far exceeds the size of her union, which represents about 485 full-time faculty and about 1,500 part-time adjuncts. Schuler Mauk was a key player in the creation...

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B'khaven housing official says she may have to shed GOP work

Brookhaven’s new Supervisor Ed Romaine last month said he expected that his new $90,000 a year head of housing Diana Weir would move to the town, but a press release last week from a new East End GOP group seemed to suggest she may be staying put.

That group, Peconic Republicans, named Weir, a Wainscott resident and former East Hampton town board member, as secretary.The group aims at bolster...

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Cuomo's image, an ex-DOT employee, and the 'full story'

An intriguing episode emerged in Albany last week when a state Department of Transportation employee put in his papers. The 30-year employee, named Mike Fayette, claimed that he had been threatened with firing after speaking without permission to the Adirondack Enterprise for what was actually a praiseworthy story (for the agency) regarding road work following the Irene disaster.

Fayette gave...

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Black History Month celebration in Mineola

State Supreme Court Justice Michele Woodard, Court Clerk Specialist Cheryl Davis and activist Hempstead attorney Frederick Brewington were honored Friday by the Nassau County Courts Black History Commitee and Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association at the State Supreme Court Building in Mineola.

Woodard, of Westbury, a former state assistant attorney general who in 2000 became the first...

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Casino 'local approval' group poll assesses vote drive*

The organization New Yorkers for Local Approval of Casinos released a poll commissioned from Joel Benenson that suggests a state constitutional amendment to legalize non-Indian reservation gambling casinos wouldn't succeed without a local-control provision.

*Revised in response to point raised below from whatdoiknow: Taken from this space a week ago:

New Yorkers for Local Approval of...

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Haber calls on Nassau county executive candidates to post schedules online

Adam Haber, a Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive, pledged on Thursday to publish his daily schedule online if elected — and he is calling on the other candidates in the race to follow suit.

Haber’s pledge comes one day after a front-page Newsday story which cataloged Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s absence from his office for days at a time during his first year in office.

“Taxpayers...

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NYC: 'Indies' back Carrion, paving a potential 3-way fight

Adolfo Carrion won approval as the Independence Party

(Credit: AMNY)

The executive committee of the city’s Independence Party organization voted to endorse former Democratic Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion for mayor, setting up a potential three-way contest if Carrion does not also win the Republican nomination.

Can he win on Independence alone? “Yes, I think we can,” said Carrion, a former urban-affairs official in the Obama administration. He cited...

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Suffolk exec's King kudos: Video in context

GOP Rep. Peter King's district shifted last year to more Suffolk and less Nassau, which some Democrats have spotted as a challenge to the veteran incumbent's future. What better boost could King, of Seaford, therefore receive than the elaborate kudos posted below, from the Democratic Suffolk executive Steve Bellone's annual State of the County address, during which King sat noticeably alongside...

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Populist ex-NYC Councilman Albanese's return

An underdog re-enters politics.

(Credit: Albanese 2013 campaign)

He left the New York City Council more than 15 years ago -- and has drawn little of the public spotlight since.

But those who may have forgotten him are learning, perhaps slowly, that Sal Albanese, 63, of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is once again aiming for the top spot at City Hall, just as he did a long time ago.

When he first ran for mayor in 1997, New York magazine headlined Albanese as...

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Dem co-chair salutes Cuomo but calls again for 'real' local solutions

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner, who has bluntly criticized her fellow Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for failing to do enough to help cash-poor localities, on Monday saluted his leadership.

“He has successfully advocated for a litany of issues in his time as New York’s chief executive and I appreciate those efforts,” said Miner, who again called for Cuomo to convene a conference “to discuss...

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