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To seat or not to seat Bill Lindsay Jr. immediately -- that was the question.
County attorneys pondered the issue because the Democrat won his eighth district seat under newly reapportioned distict lines. Unsettled is whether Lindsay should take his seat at once because he would be finishing the term of his late father Presiding Officer William Lindsay, who last won under old district lines,...Read more »
An NYPD spokesman Wednesday night shot down a report that Commissioner Ray Kelly was in talks with JPMorgan Chase Inc to take over its top security job before Bill de Blasio becomes mayor.
"The story is false," said the spokesman of the report in the New York Post.
However, a source familiar with the NYPD and its operations said that Kelly had been approached by a number of...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday the passage of a constitutional amendment to allow seven new casinos was a “great win” for New York as he toured the state to tout perhaps the biggest economic development initiative of his tenure.
Cuomo scored a major political win after voters approved the constitutional amendment 57 percent to 43 percent on Election Day.
He also won when voters...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was regarded as a winner for the success of Proposal 1, a casino-legalization amendment approved statewide yesterday. But he also comes out on top with the rejection of Proposal 6, raising judges' retirement age.
That outcome means no delay in scheduled vacancies on the Court of Appeals for Cuomo or the next governor to fill, including the seat of Chief Judge Jonathan...Read more »
The more things change . . .
After months of campaigning and millions in television ads and mailings, Nassau voters woke up on Wednesday morning to find the county’s politics had hardly changed at all.
The county will continue to have a Republican county executive after Edward Mangano defeated Democratic opponent Thomas Suozzi in a rematch of their 2009 contest.
The rest of the...Read more »
You may be right, it may be crazy. But it just may get more money for his campaign fund.
The Cuomo campaign is offering supporters a chance to see Billy Joel perform at the governor's birthday party on Dec. 3 at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan.
Here's text of the invite:
Are you a Billy Joel fan? Of course, you are!
We are offering you a chance to win...Read more »
Nassau County Executive challenger Thomas Suozzi continued traveling the county by RV on Monday, while incumbent Edward Mangano planned to attend nighttime Republican rallies.
On the final day of campaigning before Tuesday’s election, Suozzi was expected to end his 36-hour “crisscrossing” of the county at 7 p.m. Monday. Suozzi, a Democrat who served as county executive from 2002-2009, stopped...Read more »
For five years, Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) has waged a lonely campaign to shift Election Day for Congress and the presidency from Tuesday to the weekend to allow more voters to get to the polls.
The idea has yet to catch fire. Israel first offered a weekend voting bill in 2008 to open polling places from 10 a.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Sunday, instead of the usual Tuesday...Read more »
At the height of election season, the Clintons make their way into the news stream again. Sen. Charles Schumer chose this weekend to express support for a Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016. If President Barack Obama's approval ratings fall low enough, then who knows -- maybe the whole New York State Democratic crew will start reminding everyone that they were for Sen. Clinton back in 2008...Read more »
Electronic vote-casting returns Tuesday in New York City. The September primary in the five boroughs featured a brief return of old lever voting machines -- for logistical reasons related to the law requiring a runoff when no city candidate gets 40 percent or more.
This week voters will resume marking paper ballots and placing them in the newer counting devices.
And here's a warning...Read more »