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The head of the state Republican Party said Monday that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s corruption commission should investigate his running mate, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, for possible conflicts of interest.
GOP Chairman Ed Cox noted that Duffy last week admitted interviewing for a high-paying post with the Rochester Business Alliance. Duffy is the former Rochester mayor and, in his role as the state’s...Read more »
Tensions appear to have escalated between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislators over a panel he launched to investigate them. Cuomo says lawmakers would be “making a mistake” by fighting subpoenas issued by his Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. Lawmakers, citing separation-of-powers arguments, have declined to turn over more information about outside clients than is already legally...Read more »
More special interests are pouring money into a push for a “yes” vote on the statewide casino referendum. This time, it’s unions.
Just days ago, the New York State Laborers deposited $250,000 into a new political-action committee called “All in for Jobs Committee.” The committee has launched a website and radio ads.
Also last week, a committee backed by gambling interests and the New...Read more »
Developer Gerald Wolkoff, who wants to build a major mixed use housing and commercial project in Brentwood, has spread more than $95,000 around in a bipartisan way since the beginning of the year, according to reports filed with the state board of elections.
Wolkoff, who needs town zoning approvals, and road work for his proposed 9,000 apartments and 4 million square feet of retail and office...Read more »
Don Rodgers, Suffolk’s head of information technology, last week gave lawmakers an unusually blunt response when asked how often county computers are being replaced.
“When they roll over and die,” Rodgers said. “At some point, they kick and they are not going to work.”
Until 2005, the county replaced desktop units every three years, then lengthened their use to five years. Since 2010,...Read more »
Rep. Peter King’s outspoken attacks on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his House GOP followers who shut down the government in a bid to defund Obamacare played well in his district, according to a poll by the liberal Public Policy Polling for the even more liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org.
The Republican from Seaford had a 61 percent approval rating in his South Shore district -- the highest...Read more »
District Attorney Thomas Spota, who got the power from the county legislature earlier this year to deny step increases to his staff, withheld pay hikes to seven assistant prosecutors last July due to their performance, according to a legislative report.
While seven were denied the pay hikes, 103 others did get increases. The total savings to the county was $12,922. ...Read more »
Suffolk Democrats raised $300,000 at their fall dinner last week, but the party incorrectly listed the Long Island Association on a big sign as a host sponsor for the event at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook which drew nearly 500.
The business group never made the $10,000 contribution or any donation to the party dinner because by law, the LIA, registered as a nonprofit group, cannot not make...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will endorse Democrat Thomas Suozzi for Nassau County executive at a rally Saturday, sources with direct knowledge told Newsday.
Cuomo will make the announcement at a Democratic unity rally; he will endorse party candidates in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The event is slated for 11 a.m. at the Albertson VFW Hall.
Suozzi is trying to unseat Republican County Executive...Read more »
The humor in an attempt at a bilingual joke appears to have gotten lost in translation at a recent Hispanic Heritage Month event at Huntington Town Hall.
Democratic town board member Mark Cuthbertson, addressing the crowd in Spanish, said he wanted to have some fun at the expense of Republican town board colleagues Mark Mayoka and Gene Cook, who were in the audience.
Noting that neither...Read more »