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Suffolk police unions set to endorse AG Schneiderman

Suffolk law enforcement unions are picking AG Eric

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A Suffolk County police coalition is endorsing Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for re-election.

The announcement expected Monday cites Schneiderman’s “tough and smart approach to tackling crime.”

The endorsement comes from the Suffolk County PBA, the Suffolk County Detective Association, the Suffolk County Superior Officers Association, the Suffolk County Detective Investigators...

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Western NY Senate race appears politically fluid, may be pivotal

Count among those State Senate seats up for grabs in November the one in Buffalo that Republicans snared from Democrats in 2010.

With a statewide Senate majority in play, suspense mounts over whether Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) will actively campaign on the Independence Party line after losing the GOP primary to Kevin Stocker -- and what strategy the State Senate Republican campaign committee...

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Much of GOP sees Astorino as a big step up from 'mad' Paladino

As Republican candidates for governor go, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is no Carl Paladino.

At least that's what down-ballot GOP candidates, who saw the irascible Buffalo real estate man as a drag on the 2010 ticket, are saying and hoping -- even if they aren't betting Astorino unseats Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the odds-on favorite, on Nov. 4.

For one thing, the more...

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Late primary $ for Hochul: A union, a Rechler, a pro-charter group

The effort to get ex-Rep. Kathy Hochul nominated as Cuomo’s running mate for lieutenant governor brought contributions from well-heeled sources in the closing hours of Tuesday’s primary race. Her committee reported receiving $19,000 on Monday from Deborah Rechler of Glen Head, wife of developer and Port Authority board member Scott Rechler; and $19,700 each from New Yorkers for Putting Students...

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NY State Senate scrum: 8 seats in play, maybe more later

At least eight State Senate seats are considered “in play” for determining control of the chamber next year, though more could be added to the list as the campaigns develop.

Five of those seats are currently controlled by Republicans, three by Democrats.The GOP must defend three on Long Island, one in the Hudson Valley, and one in Buffalo.

Democrats must defend freshman incumbents in...

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Babylon: Amid town Dem $ storm, IDA chair Halpin asks fiscal review

Babylon Industrial Development Agency chairman Patrick Halpin says that he has asked the agency’s fiscal officials to provide board members with a review of its books in light of questions over IDA chief executive officer Robert Stricoff’s handling of Babylon Democratic finances.

Halpin said he has no indication there are any problems and the agency’s top fiscal official Kathy Harris has assured...

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Teachers' local leader wants AFT dues cut off for pro-Cuomo calls

Connetquot teacher union president Tony Felicio Jr. wants to cut off paying $132,000 in dues to the American Federation of Teachers after the national group’s president Randy Weingarten did robo calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s running mate Kathy Hochul before Tuesday’s primary.

“We no longer want any of our hard earned dollars/dues going to an organization (AFT) whose leader so blatantly undermined...

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1st C.D.: House Speaker to attend Zeldin fundraiser

Republican Lee Zeldin is still chasing Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in the money race in the 1st Congressional District on Long Island's East End, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is coming to Long Island to help.

Boehner will be the main draw at an afternoon reception in Bridgehampton on Saturday, Sept. 20, according to a NY GOP email sent out today.

Zeldin's predecessor as...

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Wu endorses Democratic ticket after primary loss

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and her running

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ALBANY — Democrat Tim Wu, who lost Tuesday’s primary for lieutenant governor, is endorsing the Democratic ticket headed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his running mate, Kathy Hochul.

“We’re trying to protect the integrity of the primary purposes, that means the losers have to respect the result of the primary process,” Wu said in an interview Thursday.

Wu, a Columbia University law professor...

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Re-election losses are rare in NY gubernatorial contests

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks to hotel workers

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Besides financial and enrollment advantages, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has history on his side in this year’s campaign.

New York governors rarely lose re-election bids. Especially his first run for re-election.

Cuomo’s father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, famously lost re-election in 1994. But he was running for a fourth term in office.

Let's also set aside Malcolm Wilson in 1974 because...

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