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Looks like this reporter picked the wrong time to get some air.
I wasn't out three minutes when the radio of a Charlotte fireman standing next to me blared: "Shut the doors. Shut the doors."
The arena is now temporarily locked to any one trying to come in — because of overcrowding. The fireman says it is no joke — the arena was some 7,000 over capacity last night but they refrained...Read more »
Congressional candidate Randy Altschuler has said that he’s “firmly against” the sale of the John J. Foley nursing home, calling it a “bad deal” for county taxpayers. But he sidestepped questions from Democratic lawmakers looking to corner him.
The Republican attended a public hearing Tuesday on the Yaphank nursing home sale. He had secured the Association of Municipal Employees' formal endorsement...Read more »
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has gotten his last sales tax check before presenting his proposed 2013 budget. The numbers, released Wednesday, weren’t encouraging.
Legislative budget analysts say that the check, which covers part of July and through the first 22 days of August is represents 2.6 percent growth over last year for the same period. Sales tax growth for the year to date...Read more »
Here are a few excerpts from the remarks of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who addressed the DNC in non-prime-time slot Wednesday:
- “Republicans always try to paint Democrats as week on defense. This time, they can’t. After all, Mitt Romney’s idea of an overseas accomplishment is sending U.S. jobs there.”
- “Mitt Romney should not become president for [many reasons], but perhaps the...Read more »
Here’s a sampling of excerpts from the prepared remarks of former President Bill Clinton. He will deliver the keynote Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.:
- “In Tampa, the Republican argument against the president’s re-election was pretty simple: We left him a total mess, he hasn’t finished cleaning it up yet, so fire him and put us back in.”
- “President...Read more »
It's official: Democrats are moving President Barack Obama's acceptance speech indoors.
Forecasts for Charlotte, N.C., are for possible heavy rains on Thursday night; Obama had been slated to deliver his speech outdoors at Bank of America stadium, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. It holds 74,000 seats.
It's been off and on rain since late Tuesday afternoon in the Queen City and many...Read more »
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver didn’t give much credence Wednesday to Republican calls for him to resign in the wake of his approval of a secret settlement regarding sexual harassment allegations against Assemb. Vito Lopez.
“I think it's political rhetoric,” Silver told reporters at the Democratic delegation breakfast on day two of the party’s national convention. “Republicans have looked...Read more »
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will address the Iowa Democratic delegation Thursday – but don’t get the impression she’s interested in running for president in 2016.
Gillibrand said her reasons for talking to Hawkeye State Dems are twofold:
Her friendship with longtime Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who collaborated with her to fight for health benefits for 9/11 rescue workers.
Her...Read more »
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Wednesday both downplayed the omission of a statement in the official Democratic platform that would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The statement had been in previous party platforms.
“I really don’t think it’s that significant,” said Silver, an Orthodox Jew. “Republicans and Democrats have run with a platform...Read more »
State Sen. Tom Duane (D-Manhattan), leading gay-rights advocate, who is not seeking re-election, spoke with New York delegates at the DNC.
He pricked up ears by declaring that back in 1982 when Gov. Mario Cuomo was first elected he ran for party district leader on the slogan “Vote for Cuomo AND the homo.”
That's a reference to some ancient New York campaign history -- the posters in...Read more »