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Allison Gollust, the communications director for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, is leaving the post after just four months to resume working for her previous boss, Jeff Zucker, who now runs CNN.
Gollust, in a letter to the Democratic governor, said her stint in public service was “fascinating, meaningful and rewarding.”
The highlights she listed included dealing with superstorm Sandy, the enactment...Read more »
New York’s local governments need an increase in state aid to fix roads and bridges — a request that has become more urgent because the amount of funding has been frozen for four years in a row, a Long Island state senator said on Friday.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s $143 billion budget plan again offers localities the same amount — just under $403 million, according to Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr....Read more »
When Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered his 12th and final state-of-the-city address in Brooklyn’s shiny new Barclays Center, he related the only tale of the city that he wanted to tell — a dynamic and glitzy success story full of positive trends.
For Bloomberg, it marks the beginning of the long goodbye that ends Dec. 31 and includes a mayoral election Nov. 5. If he had wanted to say something...Read more »
File this under “piling on.”
Amid the controversy over the ill-timed vacation of Brookhaven’s GOP supervisor, Edward Romaine, some county Democrats have been quietly distributing an old newspaper account of another town supervisor’s response to a blizzard.
It was late February, 2003, and Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone – now Suffolk County executive – was vacationing in Florida...Read more »
About 20 people rallied Thursday in Mineola against placing a casino anywhere in Nassau County.
“We don’t want our suburban way of life torn apart by some backroom deal in Albany,” said former county legislator David Mejias.
Mejias told those gathered on the south steps of the State Supreme Court Building that State Senate co-leader Dean Skelos, (R-Rockville Centre), has been pushing...Read more »
Last Thursday NIFA member George Marlin, a registered Conservative, mocked Nassau GOP Comptroller George Maragos' claim of a "miraculous" county surplus. Today, one week later, Maragos responds with this statement:
I am shocked that Mr. George Marlin, a self-described financial expert, who is in a position of public trust on the NIFA Board, a New York State Agency, has apparently...Read more »
Following a meeting with Newsday editors on Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was asked about the Nassau County executive race now in formation. Does he like Suozzi? Kairman? Mangano? Haber?
“God bless them all,” he said lightly.
“I have a lot of government work to do. And what’s worked for me for the last couple of years is staying away from the politics and focusing on the government....Read more »
New York’s top court on Thursday declared invalid a Hempstead zoning law intended to force 25 check-cashing outlets to move to industrial areas from business districts, or to close.
The Court of Appeals, in a 5-0 decision, said Hempstead overstepped its authority when it tried to specifically target check-cashing establishments.
“We hold that a zoning measure that prohibits check cashing...Read more »
The state ethics commission, which has been weighing a sexual harassment scandal involving Assemb. Vito Lopez, signaled Wednesday the case against the once-powerful Brooklyn politician is moving forward.
In a terse statement, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics announced it has submitted a “substantial basis investigation report” — the rough equivalent of an indictment — to two state...Read more »
Taking a different angle on the pending departure of Pope Benedict XVI, CNN ponders how do leaders know when it's time to go.
To illustrate, CNN brings you ex-New York Gov. George Pataki, who stepped down after three terms rather than run for a fourth.
Pataki said he embraced normalcy after he left politics. Here's a snippet of the feature:
A year or two...Read more »