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A new Republican-proposed redistricting map for the Nassau Legislature is intended to elect 12 to 13 Republicans to the 19-member body.
“This is payback,” said a Republican operative. “When [Nassau Democratic chairman] Jay Jacobs instructed his people not to vote for any bonding, he tried to make it all or nothing. "When the Democratic Party is locked out for 10 years, blame Jay Jacobs....Read more »
The government-employee pipeline between Babylon and Suffolk resumed operation last week as County Executive Steve Bellone brought on another of his former town aides.
Tim Ruggeri, who served as a spokesman when Bellone was Babylon Town supervisor, and had been filling the role for current Supervisor Rich Schaffer, began as a county executive assistant on Dec. 24, at an annual salary of $95,000....Read more »
Beginning New Year’s Day, the clock will be ticking on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s first nomination to New York’s highest court.
By Jan. 15, Cuomo must select a judge to replace Carmen Ciparick, who is retiring, for the state Court of Appeals. Soon after, Cuomo will have to select another to replace Theodore Jones Jr., who died in November. Ciparick was the court’s lone Hispanic; Jones its lone...Read more »
Democratic Senator-elect Joe Donnelly of Indiana drew national notice in November when he defeated Richard Mourdock, a Republican who’d made his own waves with controversial remarks about rape.
Maybe not as widely known is that Donnelly, who will be sworn in for the first time as a senator on Thursday, grew up in Massapequa. He attended St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary in Uniondale before going...Read more »
Much of the news out of Albany in recent weeks has highlighted the prospect of Democrats crossing the partisan aisle to form a coalition with Republicans to run the state Senate.
Turns out the same kind of thing has been brewing on the other side of the country, in Olympia, Washington. Two states doesn't make for a trend, necessarily, but the parallel is interesting.
From the ‘Olympian’...Read more »
The state Legislature’s top Democrat said Thursday he will introduce bills to allow “early voting” in New York and to require more disclosure about campaign spending.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said New York should join 32 other states that allow residents to cast votes ahead of Election Day to increase participation and decrease lines at polling places. His proposal would...Read more »
A state legislator from Nassau County said Wednesday he will introduce a series of gun-control proposals when lawmakers return to the State Capitol in January.
Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Great Neck) said his bills, penned in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, would:
— Ban the sale of "high capacity" magazines and increase penalties for those who sell or possess...Read more »
For two years now, Tracy Trypuc has been Suffolk County’s leading advocate for banning the sale of energy drinks to young people.
The registered nurse and board of health member has frequently delivered public testimony on the health dangers that she says the beverages can cause, but one of her most recent pleas has made her the target of an alleged intimidation campaign.
On Dec. 13,...Read more »
Responses from New York elected officials to the infamous horror in Newtown, Conn., have, of course, been varied. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, for example, has said he’ll introduce new gun-related proposals next month.
Meanwhile, it surfaced last week that Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a possible GOP candidate against Cuomo in 2014, made an adjustment to circumstance of his own, as the...Read more »
News media have for weeks accepted "fiscal cliff" as the buzz-phrase for legislative tax and expenditure deadlines. Distortive as it may be — implying a danger that may or may not exist — at least it's all very dramatic.
But with the International Longshoremen's Association raising a potential strike that could paralyze east coast ports, the wispy term gets even further diluted....Read more »