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Suffolk Democrats get behind Gaughran for county comptroller

Party officials said Friday, May 23, 2014, that

(Credit: Carol Gaughran)

The last minute infighting over who will be the Democrat’s comptroller candidate  ended Friday and the party will move forward with Suffolk Water Authority chairman James Gaughran as their nominee, said party officials said.

Suffolk  Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) and Louis D’Amaro (D-North Babylon) had been weighing a run and D’Amaro even raised the possibility of  challenging...

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Suffolk College board member forgoes a full term

Former Suffolk union official Arthur Cliff may win the record for having the shortest tenure as a member of the Suffolk Community College board of trustees.

Cliff, former president of the Superior Officers Association, only appointed last December,  has told legislative officials he did not wish to seek a full six-year term for personal  reasons. Cliff was appointed to fill the remainder...

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Suffolk: One LaValle delivers the punch-line for another

When freshman Brookhaven town board member Kevin LaValle rose at last week’s Republican convention to nominate his cousin, State Sen. Kenneth LaValle, for re-election, he said never fully understood the power of senator’s name until he began campaigning himself.

“There was not a day that went by that I was not called Ken,” he said.

His brother John Jay LaValle, Suffolk Republican chairman,...

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Video: Suffolk PBA ads seek to bolster officers' image

PBA president Noel DiGerolamo, left, with Suffolk County

(Credit: James Carbone)

The Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association has launched a television and radio ad campaign meant to improve officers' image, even though their existing contract extends through 2018 and there aren't county elections this year.

The ads, which began running in mid-May, tout police member's volunteerism and work in the community, teaching self-defense...

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Notaries worth noting in Independence Party filings

One day before Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed his now-controversial Independence Party authorization, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, freshly nominated by the Democrats, signed theirs.

These IP documents were notarized by Tom Garry, the Nassau Democrats’ vice chairman. (Richard Schaffer notarized Kathy Hocul's, and Cuomo government aide Cassie Prugh, who...

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Cuomo's 'down-the-road' deception buried in holiday news cycle

Let’s rewind this story and watch it in slow motion for the glimpse of deception it provides.

Last Thursday — the day Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo gave his televised acceptance speech to cap the state Democratic convention in Melville — he also did something clearly meant to be kept under wraps for some period: He signed a certificate of consent and acceptance to run on the controversial Independence...

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Cuomo, Democrats accepted Independence Party backing before it was offered

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the rest of his statewide Democratic ticket have accepted the endorsement of the Independence Party, apparently before it was offered Friday.

The Independence Party announced its decision Friday after a vote of members at its convention in Albany, when "the party delegates gave their nod," according to the party' news release.

But Cuomo and his running...

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Activists call for local ability to raise minimum wage

Advocates for low-income Long Islanders rallied Friday in support of a measure that would allow cities and counties to supplement the state minimum wage.

The event, held in Brentwood – one of Suffolk County’s more economically depressed regions – was led by the community organizers Make the Road New York and featured minority rights groups, the Working Families Party and state Assemb. Phil...

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NY Independence Party backs Cuomo, Dem ticket -- but when?

ALBANY -- The state Independence Party endorsed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the rest of his Democratic ticket -- apparently sometime this week.

Cuomo and Hochul accepted the endorsements in papers filed with the state Board of Elections dated Thursday, the day Cuomo told reporters he hadn’t yet decided to accept the minor party’s support if it was offered.

DiNapoli’s and Schnedierman’s...

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NY Independence Party backs Cuomo, Dem ticket

ALBANY -- The state Independence Party on Friday endorsed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the rest of his Democratic ticket.

The party also endorsed former Rep. Kathy Hochul for lieutenant governor, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Cuomo accepted the endorsement in papers filed with the state Board of Elections.

Although the minor party’s nominations...

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