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Robert Brodsky has been a reporter at Newsday since April 2011, covering Nassau County government and politics. Prior to that, he spent four years in Washington, D.C. at Government Executive, a magazine and Web site focused on the business side of the federal government. Brodsky has also worked for the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C. investigative Web site.
[From the Cuomo Watch column in today's Spin Cycle page]
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has until midnight Wednesday to sign or veto a controversial bill determining the future of the former Freeport Armory.
The bill, championed by Assemb. Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead), would transfer ownership of the old military facility to Cedarmore Corp., a non-profit that shares space with the Zion Cathedral...Read more »
In the wheeling and dealing for the Suffolk County Legislature’s next presiding officer, several legislative sources say a behind the scenes maneuver is under discussion to have Assemb. Robert Sweeney not run for re-election next fall as a lure for Legis. DuWayne Gregory to seek the state seat next November rather than presiding officer in January.
The move, sources say is to clear the way...Read more »
Bobbie Sackman of New York City's Council of Senior Centers & Services proclaims an "aging tsunami." The group's newly-issued policy agenda offers an eyebrow-raiser: "By 2030 New York's 60-plus population will increase to a projected 1.84 million — a 47 percent increase from 2000."
The full document is posted here: CSCSTransitionPaper_2013
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Many murky questions persist in the politically charged tale of Thomas Dale's resignation as Nassau police commissioner. What's clear, though, is how quickly an elected executive can do an about-face when circumstance compels him to cut loose an underling -- even a demonstrably loyal one.
On Nov. 20, newly re-elected County Executive Edward Mangano was asked if he was considering policy changes...Read more »
Suffolk Sheriff Vincent DeMarco said last week he opposed the bill to allow elected officials terms to be cut short partly a response to behind the scenes discussions in Bellone administration last year to create a corrections department and ax his office.
The sheriff, a Conservative, said Democrat Bellone did not deny that the idea was under consideration when he raised the issue with the...Read more »
The former site of a movie multiplex near Long Island Expressway Exit 64 in Medford has emerged as a contender for locating Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp.’s electronic slot machine casino, Town of Brookhaven and business sources said.
The theater has been razed, but a parking lot for about 2,000 cars remains at the 35-acre site. Helping make it viable is that it is in the middle of the county,...Read more »
The annual Nassau PBA Christmas party went on as scheduled Thursday night despite a breaking political-influence scandal that led County Executive Edward Mangano to force the resignation of Police Commissioner Thomas Dale earlier in the day.
Some 550 police officers and politicians showed up to party with the Police Benevolent Association at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale and to honor...Read more »
Senate Republicans say they are weighing an investigation about the slow processing of superstorm Sandy aid requests.
Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) recently sent a letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery asking for a briefing about the delays. Newsday recently reported that just 4 of 4,000 Long Island homeowners who qualified for rebuilding aid have received checks so...Read more »
Former Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli has landed on the State Senate payroll — a not unexpected move since he served as elections lawyer for the Republican-controlled Senate before taking the Nassau job four years ago.
Ciampoli said he resigned all county positions as of 5 p.m. Thursday and immediately began working as counsel to legislative services in the State Senate. He will earn...Read more »
ALBANY – The state’s highest court ordered a new trial Thursday for a Farmingville man previously convicted of killing a Southampton bar bouncer by holding him in a headlock.
The state Court of Appeals, in a 7-0 ruling, said that a crucial judicial error poisoned the trial of Anthony Oddone, 30, who was convicted in 2010 of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Andrew Reister, 40, of Hampton...Read more »