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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced today an additional 1,900 utility workers are being sent to Long Island to help restore power — including crews from 11 states.
The governor, who is set to visit Long Beach and Lindenhurst this afternoon, said 1,200 National Grid employees who have been working upstate will be redeployed to Nassau and Suffolk counties. Another 300 New York Power Authority lineman...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other state officials conducted a helicopter tour Wednesday morning of areas damaged by superstorm Sandy, including Long Island Sound, Fire Island, Jones Beach and Long Beach.
Cuomo, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and others flew over Long Island, New York City and Westchester County during the tour. Other observation points included Breezy Point — where...Read more »
ALBANY – School districts across New York will be hit with another whopping pension-cost increase in 2014 – a continuing effect of the stock market crash of 2008 and the rising increase of retirement obligations.
The state Teachers’ Retirement System, which manages the pension fund for retired teachers and school administrators, notified districts they will have to pay about...Read more »
Beyond commanding the public conversation, the Sandy disaster has several local election board officials worried how well they can conduct an election under conditions expected to fall far short of normal when the polls open Tuesday.
In Nassau for example, 68 designated polling places fall within hard-hit flood zones — as do 65 in NYC locations such as Coney Island and the Rockaways. Damage...Read more »
In the wake of Sandy's destructive path, the future of the Federal Emergency Management Agency comes into question in light of the presidential campaign. Candidate Mitt Romney has yet to address whether the agency would have a future under his administration, and his detractors are of course champing at the bit to use this against him. Here is one summary of the issue, an aspect of which is...Read more »
Even if there are impacts, it seems unlikely that Election Day could be postponed because of superstorm Sandy.
A Congressional Research Service report commissioned in 2004 in the wake of 9/11 examined whether presidential elections could be delayed and found there is no law that provides express authority to “postpone” an election. To do so, it said Congress would have to take the extraordinary...Read more »
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday the damage from megastorm Sandy to New York City and Long Island “is as bad as anything I’ve ever experienced in New York.”
The governor, in a radio interview the morning after the storm flooded coastal parts of Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan, said it “was really very frightening, last night.” The entire southern tip of Manhattan was under...Read more »
Given the fatalities, the outages, the blockages, evacuations, flooding, fires and cruel destruction, the conversation is, to say the least changed -- from negative barbs to matters of survival, from the broad landscape of promises and plans to the immediate needs of people, from philsophical preference to civil emergency.
We see Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Chris...Read more »
Democrats have been sending money into Senate races in Westchester County and Queens. Long Island? Not so much.
Democrats have spent just $28,000 on Rick Montano, who is running for an open seat in Suffolk County, according to state Board of Elections records filed Friday. Republicans have spent $440,000 their candidate, Assemb. Philip Boyle (R-Bay Shore).
And Democrats have spent just...Read more »
There's a New York twist in the post-debates debates over statements and assertions by Romney and Obama. As Wayne Barrett points out, state Republican Harry Wilson, who played a key role in the incumbent president's auto industry task force, and supports the GOP nominee, says Romney has facts wrong when he castigates the GM restructuring.
That piece is here....Read more »