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Nassau chief Assistant DA Singas creates campaign committee to succeed Rice

The day after winning a congressional seat in last month’s election, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice made clear she wanted Madeline Singas, her chief assistant, to succeed her as district attorney pending next November’s election.

Now the state Board of Elections has received filings for a “Friends of Madeline Singas” campaign committee, in care of Tucker Green Consulting in Manhattan....

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Tensions simmer between Democratic chairs in Nassau, Long Beach

Tensions are evident these days between Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs and Long Beach Democratic chairman Michael Zapson. Whether the clash will affect any future races remains to be seen.

Jacobs met Dec. 1 with local Democrats in the City by the Sea where, sources say, some criticisms were leveled at Zapson’s leadership. There was also a separate face-to-face between the county and...

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Bellone administration seeks to keep Suffolk bond counsel

Only days before Republican Comptroller-elect John M. Kennedy is to take office, the Bellone administration last week sought to get approval from the county waiver committee to give authority to the Uniondale law firm of Harris, Beach a new contract as bond counsel that could last up to four years.

Kennedy appeared at the meeting and said he supported the waiver because County Attorney Dennis...

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Suffolk AME president gets court order reversed

Embattled Association of Muncipal Employees president Dan Farrell late Friday got a reversal on a court order that would have forced a board of directors meeting Monday, which could have led to a possible vote to suspend him.

Farrell and his new lawyer John Denby went to the Appellate Dvision in Brooklyn on Friday because he argued that he “never got a a chance to present his side” in the...

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Suffolk Presiding Officer Gregory chosen again to lead Democrats' caucus

The Suffolk Legislature's 12-member Democratic caucus voted to give Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory a second one-year term as legislative leader late last week at party headquarters in Bohemia.

“Everyone said that DuWayne and done a terrific job and kept everyone together,” said Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman.

Schaffer said the county executive did not attend the meeting...

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Suffolk to appeal court ruling on referendum requirement

Suffolk County Attorney Dennis Brown in executive sesssion last week told county lawmakers the Bellone administration will challenge a recent Appellate Division decision won by environmentalists, according to legislative sources.

The unanimous ruling found a legislature can put language into a referendum to bar future lawmakers from changing a law without holding another public vote.


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Huntington's Cuthbertson rejected despite low bid for county labor counsel

Democratic Huntington Town Board member Mark Cuthbertson recently made a pitch to become the county’s labor counsel — and even presented the lowest bid.

But a three-member legislative-executive committee last week decided to retain the county’s longtime labor law firm of Lamb & Barnosky in Melville for the next year, with three possible one-year extensions.

Cuthbertson offered a...

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Freeport mayor rushes to Albany to oppose armory transfer

Freeport Armory in Freeport on June 1, 2013.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

ALBANY -- Freeport Mayor Robert T. Kennedy left his home at 5 a.m. Friday to rush to the State Capitol to deliver petitions and letters carrying about 1,000 signatures opposing the transfer of the local armory to a church-affiliated nonprofit.

With Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo facing a Dec. 30 deadline to sign or veto a bill allowing the transfer, Kennedy wanted to make clear that he and many others...

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Cuomo to deliver inaugural address at World Trade Center

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will deliver his second inauguration address at the World Trade Center site on New Year’s Day, an administration source said.

Cuomo, a Democrat, will be sworn-in for his second term the night before in Albany, after hosting a public open house at the executive mansion.

He then will go to Manhattan on New Year’s Day to give an inaugural speech. He will follow that...

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NYers reject the Dickens out of proposal to raise Legislature’s pay

ALBANY -- New York legislators may not want to mention they want a pay raise around constituents, but especially not to Republican union members living upstate who are older than 55 and making less than $50,00 a year.

That’s the Scroogiest group among New Yorkers, but Friday’s Siena College Research Institute poll shows no racial, age or geographic group supports a pay raise for members of...

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Hollywood actor and director Danny Glover urging New York City to keep horse carriages. Actress Edie Falco making a TV ad to abolish horse carriages. Ex-Sony exec Mitch Singer, last week: “Why do so many believe that this is Sony’s war to fight?"

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