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Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr., a key member of the Long Island Senate delegation since 1998 and an influential Republican lawmaker, resigned effective at midnight Tuesday night to take a job with a nonprofit.
Fuschillo, (R-Merrick), leaves after nearly 16 years in office to become chief executive of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York City. His sudden departure surprised...Read more »
ALBANY -- A federal court on Tuesday upheld most of New York's SAFE Act gun control measure adopted nearly a year ago, but struck down a key provision that limited ammunition magazines to seven bullets.
Chief U.S. District Judge William Sketny in Buffalo agreed with gun owner groups including the State Rifle & Pistol Association that the magazine provision in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's law...Read more »
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday two assemblymen accused of sexual harassment must deny the charges or resign.
In an unusually harsh statement released late in the day, Cuomo called the accusations repugnant and said “enough is enough. It’s a new year, let’s start with a clean slate.”
The governor referred to assemblymen Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan) and Dennis Gabryszak (D-Buffalo).
The...Read more »
Former Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla was the 48th-worst boss in the United States in 2013, claims career website eBossWatch.
It was a rough year for Bonilla, a former rising star in the Nassau Republican party who was sentenced to 300 hours of community service for official misconduct in October.
eBossWatch, which said in a statement that it "enables people to anonymously rate...Read more »
The Nassau Interim Finance Authority has approved increased funding for two contracts that the county has with a Garden City law firm affiliated with county Republican chairman Joseph Mondello.
At its final meeting of the year, NIFA's board last night OK’d amendments to the existing contracts between the Republican controlled county and Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, for which...Read more »
Former American International Group CEO Hank Greenberg, under investigation for fraud, has accused New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of trashing him in public statements.
Greenberg filed a complaint Monday with the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics against Schneiderman and spokesmen Matt Mittenthal and Damien LaVera. Greenberg accused them of violating state public...Read more »
One of the most outspoken critics of the revamped Long Island Power Authority has been reappointed to its board of trustees.
Matthew Cordaro has been reappointed to the board by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), the Speaker’s office confirmed Monday. Cordaro, a board member since February, has questioned whether a LIPA downsized by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo can handle its responsibilities.
Cordaro...Read more »
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is proposing that New York’s minimum wage rise faster than scheduled, to $9 an hour by the end of 2014.
Under a law passed this year, the minimum wage will rise 75 cents an hour to $8 on Wednesday. The next increase under the law would move the minimum wage to $9 an hour by Dec. 31, 2015.
Silver (D-Manhattan) would accelerate that rise to $9 an hour by...Read more »
The state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics, long criticized by good-government groups for its closed-door sessions, is agreeing to open up -- a bit.
In a meeting Monday, Commissioner George Weissman recommended that the public get JCOPE's meeting agendas sooner. Some agendas are released just hours before a meeting.
Weissman's recommendation was a first met with silence...Read more »
At least they didn’t call it “historic.”
During a slow, holiday news week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office touted the opening of a “Taste NY” store at the Chittenango rest area on the NYS Thruway between Utica and Syracuse.
The administration, which likes to pepper its major news releases with “historic,” “landmark” and similar adjectives, routinely finds no item too small to plug. During...Read more »