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WFP's Bertha Lewis rouses crowd with pro-Teachout, anti-Cuomo speech

New York Working Families Party member Bertha Lewis,

(Credit: AP / Hans Pennink)

ALBANY -- The Working Families Party nomination for a challenger to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo brought party members to their feet, shouting and chanting, to remove the “Cuomo clowns” from Albany.   Bertha Lewis, a founder of the liberal party, drew the opponents of Cuomo to shouting their support for Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law professor from Brooklyn.   “We gave him four years, and then...

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Suffolk Democrats fill out legislative-candidate slate

Suffolk Democrats have added to their slate of candidates running in the November election.

The new candidates include: 1st Senate District -- Michael Conroy of Manorville; 2nd S.D. -- Joseph Lombardi of Centereach; and 4th S.D. -- John Alberts of Northport.

In the 2nd S.D., meanwhile, veteran Democrat Joseph Fritz of Brentwood and Adrienne Esposito, a noted environmentalist from Patchogue...

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Cuomo rival Zephyr Teachout says she'd fight beyond WFP convention

New York Working Families Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout

(Credit: AP / Hans Pennink)

ALBANY -- Zephyr Teachout said she won’t quietly into that political night.

The Fordham law professor from Brooklyn held a news conference at Saturday’s Working Families Party convention to declare she would continue her candidacy even if, as expected, the party’s rank and file reject her for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Although the head count of nearly 200 Working Families Party state delegates...

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WFP co-chair: Cuomo will get cross-endorsement despite opposition

New York Working Families officials tabulate the vote

(Credit: AP / Hans Pennink)

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will carry the important liberal endorsement of the Working Families Party into the fall elections after fighting off a heated challenge by an angry faction of the liberal party, a co-chairwoman of the party said Saturday.   “It’s close, but he’ll win,” said Karen Scharff, co-chairwoman of the Working Families Party. She said the head count Saturday of the nearly...

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Abrahams explains STAR exemption on house he no longer lives in

An exterior view of 195 Perry St. in

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Nassau County Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams continued to get tax breaks on a home he hasn’t occupied in nearly three years, but also has yet to receive the benefit on his current residence.

Exemptions under the state’s School Tax Relief Program, known as STAR, are reserved for owner-occupied properties, and homeowners must request cancellation of the benefit within 60 days of...

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Tentative deal in place for Working Families Party to endorse Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during the New York

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

ALBANY -- The liberal Working Families Party that has been mired in internal conflict over the soul of the party may have found a way to place Andrew M. Cuomo on its ticket after weeks of negotiations.

Party officials said they struck the "framework" of an agreement to give the endorsement to Cuomo despite some strong criticism by a faction of the influential party over the governor's record...

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Ex-LI'er in Schumer's D.C. office goes to SKDKnick firm

Gerry Petrella, a top aide to Sen. Charles Schumer, is moving on to become a vice president at the SKDKnickerbocker consulting and communications firm in Washington D.C.

Petrella, a native of North Massapequa, was the regional director in Schumer’s Long Island office before serving as a policy aide in the senator’s Washington office.

Schumer’s office credits Petrella as primary author...

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Fed prosecutor probing Albany offers advice to Harvard Law grads

Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the southern

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

ALBANY -- U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara gave a wide-ranging speech this week at Harvard Law School’s Class Day and dropped a few kernels about the makeup of the guy who is investigating Albany corruption.

He quoted the character played by Boston’s own Mark Wahlberg in “The Departed” when the character, a cop angry after an operation went south, was told to identify himself.

“I’m the guy...

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Cahill criticizes Schneiderman for parole-recommendation reversal

A Republican rival blasted state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Friday for initially recommending parole for a convicted sex offender in December, then reversing his stance.

Republican John Cahill said Schneiderman is “sadly more focused on politics than on the actual business of protecting women and victims of sexual assault.” A Schneiderman spokesman called the claim “absurd" and...

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Working Families Party candidate emerges as party weighs dumping Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during the New York

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

ALBANY -- A Democrat is announcing her effort to win the Working Families Party nomination for governor as the minor, liberal party struggles over whether to endorse Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Fordham University Law professor Zephyr Teachout on Friday announced her candidacy on a new website as the party prepares to make its nomination Saturday.

Teachout’s announcement comes a day after New...

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