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Bad news for Nick Di Iorio, the Republican who floated the idea of turning his doomed challenge to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) into a reality show for pay: the Esquire Network said it has passed on the idea."This program is not being developed or produced by Esquire Network," said Katherine Nelson, the network's senior vice president of communications in an email.After that development, Di...Read more »
Now for a Long Island follow-up to the posting earlier Tuesday on Gov. Chris Christie downplaying Rob Astorino's chances of beating Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Astorino, at a news conference with Democrat Zephyr Teachout broadly branding Cuomo as abetting corruption, said he didn't know if Christie had an understanding involving factual cover-ups with the New York governor but suggested Christie should...Read more »
Republican businessman and lawyer Bruce Blakeman heads to Washington tomorrow to raise money as he continues to try to make the case that he can run a competitive campaign against Democrat Kathleen Rice.Blakeman will appear at the Capitol Hill Club, a Republican bastion near the U.S. Capitol, at a hour-long fundraiser starting at 5:30 p.m. It's hosted by former Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S....Read more »
UPDATE: The Kathleen Rice party visiting Israel figured out a work-around the FAA ban on U.S. flights to and from Tel Aviv, and she is expected to return Thursday.
Said Rice spokesman Eric Phillips: "We are leaving on a flight connecting in Europe that routes to JFK. If everything holds, our return timing won't be much different than originally scheduled." - Tom Brune in Washington
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Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey got Rob Astorino, Republican candidate for governor of New York, a bit of media attention Tuesday — even if it wasn’t the kind the Westchester county executive set out to get.
It started with Christie, campaigning for a GOP hopeful in Connecticut, saying of New York that at the Republican Governors Association, of which he became chairman in November: “We...Read more »
The National Republican Congressional Committee has designated 4th District hopeful Bruce Blakeman as a “contender” in their program to support open-seat candidates across the country.
Blakeman, of Long Beach, is a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature who is facing Democratic Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola).
The...Read more »
The 3rd Congressional District race between incumbent Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Republican Mineola attorney Grant Lally can start in earnest now that GOP candidate Stephen Labate has withdrawn from the race.
On Monday, Labate a Deer Park financial planner, who lost to Lally by 11 votes in the June 24 primary, announced he was withdrawing from the race, and dropping previously announced...Read more »
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s opponents on the left and on the right joined forces Tuesday to try to hit the Democrat on the issue that helped usher him into office four years ago.
Republican and Conservative candidate Rob Astorino and liberal candidate Zephyr Teachout criticized Cuomo for what the challengers called rampant corruption in Albany.
“One thing we can agree on is that...Read more »
NARAL Pro-Choice New York, a political action committee which opposes restrictions on abortion rights, has endorsed Democrat Ethan Irwin in his candidacy against Republican State Sen. Kemp Hannon in the 6th District.
NARAL, which typically endorses Democratic candidates cited Irwin’s efforts to promote women’s health and equality.
“Irwin will not back down in the face of those who wish...Read more »
ALBANY -- A poll of likely voters shows that Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo continues his strong lead in the governor's race, but the poll also found continued opposition to the higher academic standards of the Common Core, a cause targeted by Republican challenger Rob Astorino.
Cuomo held a 37-point lead over the Westchester County executive in the Siena College Research Institute poll released...Read more »