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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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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,...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »