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Prediction: No matter what happens in Denver tonight, somebody will say "There were no knockout blows."...Read more »
Tim Bishop's supporters release an ad attacking Randy Altschuler on outsourcing. Altschuler's supporters counter with a spot assailing Bishop's ethics.
That has been the pattern so far in the heated campaign for New York’s 1st Congressional District, and it shows no signs of slowing.
On Thursday morning, the latest addition will come from the National Republican Congressional Committee....Read more »
Nassau’s budget director Eric Naughton is resigning to take a job as budget director for Pinellas County, Fla., which is part of the Clearwater-St. Petersburg area.
Naughton, a former deputy county executive for finance under Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and, before that, director of the Nassau legislature’s independent Budget Review office, starts his new job Oct. 22 — before the $2.8...Read more »
We now have confirmation of the sad news that was racing around the political world for the past couple of hours: That Nassau GOP Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt, 62, of Massapequa, collapsed and died suddenly this morning, apparently of a heart attack.
Tributes have begun to pour in.
Reporter Patrick Whittle sends us this from Hempstead:
Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray said she...Read more »
Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) notched the highest score of any Long Island state legislator in this year’s EPL / Environmental Advocates Report Card, while Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) had the lowest.
Sweeney scored 95 out of 100, earning him one of two “Tip of the Hat” awards handed out by the activists. Citing Sweeney’s bill to curtail invasive species and one to mandate local reporting...Read more »
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos thinks a legal challenge to the state’s new property-tax cap will fail.
Via Newsday’s Ted Phillips, here’s what Skelos said Wednesday when asked about a threat by New York State United Teachers to challenge the constitutionality of the cap and the union’s claims that the cap is hurting school districts’ ability to provide a “sound, basic” education as required...Read more »
A Democrat has a slight lead in a Hudson Valley contest that could help determine control of the state Senate.
Assemb. George Latimer (D-Rye) leads Republican Bob Cohen, 44 percent to 41 percent, according to a poll released Wednesday by Siena College. But the margin of error in the poll is plus or minus 4.7 percentage points, meaning the race is a toss-up with a month to go.
The district...Read more »
What voters choose may not be what they get.
This has become especially clear in Suffolk.
In 1993, the county's citizens chose to limit county elected officials to three four-year terms. Last week, a local judge ruled that under the state constitution, three of six countywide elected positions were beyond the reach of that referendum.
If the county fails to appeal the decision...Read more »
As Rep. Tim Bishop and his opponent Randy Altschuler continue to play nice in their head-to-head meetings, the attacks by their campaigns or supporting Super PACs continue unabated.
Bishop, the five-term Southampton Democrat, met Altschuler, the Republican businessman from St. James, for their fifth debate Monday afternoon at a local senior community. The tone struck by the candidates was...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected on Long Island Friday to hear proposals by the regional economic council.
Cuomo recently announced he would tour each of the state’s 10 economic regional councils to hear progress reports regarding implementing job-creation plans. He’s also expected to visit other regions this week.
Cuomo is expected to spend at least two hours touring or hearing presentations...Read more »