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Dem co-chair salutes Cuomo but repeats call 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 real...

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Nassau novelty: Sound-alike names, from different campaigns

What’s in a name? In the case of two campaigns for Nassau County executive, plenty. Take, for example, the case of Justin Myers and Justin  Meyers -- pronounced the same but, as you can see, spelled differently. Myers, 33,  of Washington Heights, is running Roslyn businessman Adam Haber’s campaign for Nassau’s highest office. Meyers, 28, of Locust Valley, is spokesman to North Hempstead...

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Cuomo: Quick on the triggers, slow on the drills

The prospect of drilling in the Marcellus Shale

(Credit: Associated Press)

Compare Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s alacrity on gun-control with his sluggishness on shale. Within 31 days of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, Cuomo pushed a comprehensive new gun-control law through the legislature with little resistance. Strategically, the rush prevented opposition from mobilizing. Gun rallies since then have been more about venting than repealing the law. But Cuomo has postponed...

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State emergency office advances stockpile effort

  Coming to a location near you: A politically unsexy but potentially vital state storage center from which emergency equipment could be quickly mobilized — hopefully in time for the next Long Island disaster. The state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services reports that it is developing, in partnership with the bi-state Port Authority, a so-called Disaster Logistics Center...

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Who's deal would casino sites be?

A group with backing from the Oneida Nation,

(Credit: Pat Orr, 2009)

Where casinos may go if they’re legalized by state referendum is a multi-billion-dollar question. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants an independent commission to site three casinos, all upstate, while legislators have their own varying agendas. While the Albany discussion goes on, a group called New Yorkers for Local Approval of Casinos has been signing up businesses, elected officials, and individuals...

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Finally, a settled number for Suffolk commissioner's pay-pension

Suffolk Police Commissioner Edward Webber is now a $287,991-a-year man. Webber, 66, officially “retired” in October but returned to his job the next day. He’ll receive a pension that totals $125,232 a year on top of his annual commissioner salary of $162,759. Under state law, officials 65 and older can collect a pension and a full public salary. The state comptroller’s office computed Webber’s...

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Relatives of 2 LI party leaders on Sen. Boyle's payroll

Newly elected New York State senator, Philip Boyle,

(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

New State Sen. Philip Boyle now has relatives of two party leaders on his payroll. John MacKay, son of  state Independence Party chairman Frank MacKay, has joined Boyle's staff as a $10,000 a year part-time district representative. “He plans to work very diligently and is very excited about it,” said his father, who said his son is also attending community college. Already on Boyle’s payroll...

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Islip supervisor's sister on Sen. Fuschillo's payroll

Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci during a meeting.

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

While Islip Supervisor Tom Croci battled his fellow board members and party leaders over town patronage issues, it turns out the supervisor’s sister has a patronage job of her own. Croci’s sister, Kristina Inserillo, works as an aide to State Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) where she makes $24,090 a year. Croci, himself a former aide to State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) said he played no role...

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Suozzi camp announces endorsements

Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced a

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Ex-Nassau Executive Tom Suozzi’s comeback campaign, so far ignoring criticism from rival fellow Democrat Adam Haber, announced 10 intra-party endorsements on Friday -- with County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs saying that “over the next few weeks our party will unite” behind Suozzi. The endorsers, none of them surprises, were: William Biamonte, Town of Hempstead leader, David Gugerty,  Town...

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NYC: A new blast from the U.S. bench at Brooklyn DA's office

Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, running for a seventh term against opposition that may be stiffer than he’s faced in the past, couldn’t have been happy about a federal-court decision on Friday that says taxpayers may be liable for his mouth. The case involves Jabbar Collins, a Brooklyn man who served 16 years in prison for a murder he apparently didn’t commit. Collins was freed from prison in 2010 by...

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