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NYC: Does Molinari's Lhota 'withdrawal' indicate anything at all?

The Daily News cranks it up this way: “Staten Island Republican power broker Guy Molinari has withdrawn his support of Joe Lhota — all because the former MTA boss' campaign wouldn’t return his phone calls.” This allegedly “raises questions about the sluggish start to Lhota’s mayoral campaign.” The Post, in its version, notes that Molinari "helped pull out the island vote to elect Rudy Giuliani...

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Ex-lawmaker says he'll screen with Dems for Huntington supervisor slot

Former Suffolk lawmaker James Gaughran says he will screen with the Huntington town Democratic Committee on Feb. 28 on the possibility of running for town supervisor. Gaughran, a lawyer and chairman of the Suffolk Water Authority, said he is not announcing his candidacy nor would he comment on the tenure of incumbent Democratic Supervisor Frank Petrone, who is up for election in November after...

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Nassau's Denenberg says he'll run if Suozzi doesn't

Nassau Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) said on Aug.

(Credit: David Pokress)

If North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Roslyn businessman Adam Haber face off in a Democratic primary for Nassau county executive, Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) said Tuesday he will join the race. “If Kaiman’s in and Haber is in, I would relish that free for all and I’m in,” Denenberg said. But if former County Executive Thomas Suozzi announces that he will run for county executive ,...

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Once allies on the ticket, Skelos, Paladino trade barbs

 One is the top Republican in the state Legislature. The other was the party’s last gubernatorial candidate. Yet there’s no love lost between Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Buffalo developer Carl Paladino. That much was reinforced Tuesday amid a rally led by Paladino to protest New York’s new, comprehensive gun law — which Skelos and seven other Long Island...

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This Dem is certain about Cuomo's left turn

?I think a little bit more, and he

(Credit: AP )

Here’s one Democrat who has no doubts about Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s turn to the political left in his third year in office. “I think a little bit more, and he would be to the left of Che Guevara,” Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan) told YNN, an upstate cable news network. “I think he’s found his home again, he’s come back home.” Here’s more from the YNN piece. For his part, Cuomo has said he hasn’t...

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The BIG IF's: Some looming questions in top Nassau races

Thomas Suozzi, left, and Edward Mangano as Mangano

(Credit: Howard Schnapp, 2009)

If former County Executive Tom Suozzi jumps into the race against incumbent Ed Mangano, will North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman stand down or keep "exploring"?

If Suozzi runs and loses -- again -- will he be out of politics forever? If Suozzi runs and wins -- again -- will he promptly explore higher office? If Mangano runs and wins -- again -- will his headline proposals for...

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Suffolk's Barraga suggests a deal to divide Foley home control

Suffolk Legis. Thomas Barraga has proposed the county split ownership of the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility with potential buyers for the next five years in an effort to get past recent stumbling blocks that have stymied the $23 million sale. The West Islip Republican said he sent his proposal to Presiding Officer William Lindsay, all other legislators, the county union and County...

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Cuomo's 3rd-year hurdles emerge

 Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says his third legislative agenda is "far and away" less controversial than his first two.  The controversies may be smaller, but there's no shortage of them. Here's a look.  Also of note, Jenny Rivera, Cuomo's first nomination for the Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, is scheduled to be voted on by the Senate later Monday....

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Nassau Democrats rap GOP for not acting on Sandy reforms

Nassau Democrats Monday complained that County Executive Edward Mangano and the Republican majority on the Nassau legislature have failed “to enact any meaningful reform” after superstorm Sandy. “We are no better prepared to tackle a big storm today than we were last October,” said Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) in a news release. He and Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) noted...

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Oyster Bay town clerk Labriola moves to deputy comptroller job

Steven Labriola, a Republican, is the Oyster Bay

(Credit: David Pokress)

Oyster Bay Town Clerk Steven Labriola, a former state assemblyman, is expected to resign his $114,000 elected town job this week and start a new appointed position as Nassau Comptroller George Maragos’ $167,000-a-year chief deputy. Republican Labriola, 50, who is in his fifth term, said he had accomplished his goal of modernizing the clerk’s office and was looking for a new challenge when the county...

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