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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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »