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Cuomo communications director departs after 4 months

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 of gun...

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L.I.'s Fuschillo calls for increase in state road and bridge aid

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. (R-Merrick)....

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Bloomberg's tale of one city tells only of the best of times

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...

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Politics of storm response: Dems throw snowballs at Romaine

The two discussed snow plowing, stuck cars and

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 when a blizzard...

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Anti-casino rally in Nassau

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 for a casino...

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Maragos: Marlin should 'rejoice' at Nassau's fiscal progress

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 attempted...

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Cuomo on Nassau exec race: 'Staying away from the politics'

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he's staying out

(Credit: Lili Holzer-Glier)

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. I work with...

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Top court invalidates ban on check-cashing firms in Hempstead

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 establishments...

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Lopez case apparently moving forward

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 legislative...

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CNN features Pataki about knowing when to go

Former New York Gov. George Pataki speaks to

(Credit: AP )

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 after he left office,...

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

Hollywood actor and director Danny Glover urging New York City to keep horse carriages. Actress Edie Falco making a TV ad to abolish horse carriages. Ex-Sony exec Mitch Singer, last week: “Why do so many believe that this is Sony’s war to fight?"

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