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Nearly a decade ago Newsday covered the story of how New York City’s Office of Emergency Management was relegated from a major department to a relatively minor role under the Bloomberg administration.
At one point, post-9/11, administration officials even saw fit to place the OEM headquarters in a coastal flood zone under the Brooklyn Bridge.
Good thing it didn’t stay there -- and that...Read more »
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an investigation Monday into storm-related price gouging “after receive hundreds of complaints from consumers” across the state.
“Our office has zero tolerance for price gouging,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “We are actively investigating hundreds of complaints we’ve received from consumers of business preying on victims of Hurricane...Read more »
Check websites before going out to vote for changes in your polling station, advises Douglas Kellner, a seasoned attorney and member of the state Board of Elections.
The Nassau board, he said, has been “very conservative” in the sense of not announcing contingency sites due to power outages until absolutely necessary. “They don’t want to be moving a polling site because there’s no power, and...Read more »
Could storm Sandy’s near-destruction of certain communities blow away the state Senate Republicans’ chances to grow – or even retain – their upper-house majority? Also, might the GOP face problems in other areas relatively unaffected of the storm?
Maybe it is just to inspire focus on the races, but operatives allied with the majority have been privately expressing measured concern.
Assemb....Read more »
Nassau Democrats have continued to increase their voter registration edge, enrolling nearly 12,000 more voters than Republicans since the start of the year.
Since Jan. 1, Democrats have enrolled 94,655 new voters, while Republican have enlisted 82,732, according to Nassau elections officials. There were also 61,555 new voters not aligned with either party.
The new registration figures...Read more »
While the latest polls show President Barack Obama winning New York State’s popular vote by close to 60 percent or more, three metro area dailies -- the New York Daily News, New York Post and Newsday -- all have endorsed Republican Mitt Romney. The New York Times supports Obama.
Those editorial endorsements can be clicked here, here, here and here.
The Times said Romney “has gotten...Read more »
For those ready for some mild comic relief after a horrible week, SNL did a fairly amusing bit on NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's news briefings alongside his sign-language interpreter, and extended it into a take-off of NJ Gov. Chris Christie doing the same. Posted below.
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This year’s election battle, amped up on super PAC funds, has become an $11 million proxy war of sorts between the billionaire founder of an East Sautuket hedge fund and his handpicked multi-millionaire successor.
James Simons, the founder of the $15 billion Renaissance Technologies hedge fund, and Robert Mercer, who now heads the hedge fund as co-chief executive officer, are on opposite sides...Read more »
In an about-face as sharp and pronounced as his decision to change the term-limit law, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will call off the Marathon after all, the AP reports, following a wave of criticism on many fronts that it would be a disgrace and a drain on scarce resources.
Here's Bloomberg's announcement:
“The Marathon has been an integral part of New York City’s life for 40 years and is...Read more »
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be considered a 'nanny state' advocate for such efforts as restricting soda-cup sizes. But a group of health professionals say his decision to go on with the NY Marathon poses a compromise to public health.
In an open letter, the NYS Nurses Association states: "Every year the Marathon leads to injuries and Emergency Room visits. Our ERs do not...Read more »