Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics

NYC Mayor de Blasio slams unsourced claim he'd dump Bratton

Rather firmly and righteously — and showing some mayoral edge — NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio took off after a published claim citing no-name sources that he'd throw Police Commissioner Bill Bratton overboard for the sake of the Rev. Al Sharpton.

He called the report on the DNAInfo website "ludicrous, idiotic [and] inappropriate."

"I’m kind of sick of this notion of let's make everything...

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C.D. 4: Blakeman again presses Rice on Moreland -- this time with a letter

For the third time in two weeks, Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman held a news conference to pressure Democrat Kathleen Rice to answer questions about her time on a shuttered state anti-corruption commission.

Blakeman, a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, has seized on the controversy surrounding Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on public corruption....

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New York League of Conservation Voters backs Martins over Haber

The New York League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Republican State Sen. Jack Martins in his re-election battle against Democratic businessman Adam Haber in the 7th District.

The group, which advocates for environmental sustainability, cited Martins legislative record, including co-sponsoring the Long Island Water Quality Control Act, a bill that creates a commission on clean water and...

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Welcoming the DNC to NYC: A nexus of Clinton contacts, the shadow of '04 'mistakes'

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio discusses New

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Elected officials dwell these days in perpetual campaign mode. Fittingly, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials this week embraced a low-risk chance to talk up New York City and Brooklyn to a visiting team from the Democratic National Committee tasked with choosing the site of the party's 2016 convention.

Outside the proposed convention hall, the Barclays Center, Brooklyn...

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Stop Common Core ballot line to be filed

Rob Astorino, the Republican challenger for governor, during

(Credit: Uli Seit)

ALBANY -- Republicans Tuesday delivered a petition with 62,000 signatures aimed at stopping Common Core in schools, while providing the GOP with another critical line on the ballot in November.

The petition delivered to the state Board of Elections would create a "Stop Common Core" ballot line. The line would allow voters to weigh in on the Common Core's higher academic standards, which are...

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Cuomo opponents give some criticism, some support for Israel trip

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo led a delegation representing

ALBANY _ Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo got a little criticism and a little support from his opponents as he left Albany amid an election-year conflict involving his corruption commission to lead a goodwill visit to Israel.

“I think the timing is a little suspect, but anything that shows unity between the U.S. and Israel is a good thing,” said Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino in an interview....

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Bishop launches first TV ad; GOP brands it a rerun

Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in a file photo

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) has launched his first TV ad for his re-election bid, but Republicans immediately attacked him for putting out a summer rerun.

The 30-second spot, which began appearing Tuesday on cable television channels, uses workers from Brookhaven National Laboratory. One says the research center was “in serious trouble;” another says “1,000 jobs were at stake,” while a...

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Cuomo, Leg leaders say no state money spent on Israel trip (Updated)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate co-leader Dean Skelos

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(Updates with former relatives to travel with governor, comment by opponents)

ALBANY -- As they prepared to depart for Israel, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders said Tuesday that no state funds will be used for their trip to show support for the battle-torn country and New Yorkers living there.

Meanwhile back in Albany, Cuomo took some criticism for the trip from...

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NY voters not focused on Moreland controversy, poll shows

ALBANY -- The latest poll shows that most voters aren't following the corruption commission controversy in Albany involving Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who continues to hold a commanding lead in his re-election bid.

Despite what was probably Cuomo's most difficult three weeks in office, in which he fended off criticism of his role in the Moreland Commission on public corruption, he lost little of...

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New law blocks big cat selfies

Lion cub Simba held by Rafiki, a cartoon

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ALBANY — It’s the end of selfies with Simba in New York.

A bill signed into law Monday prohibits contact by the public with big cats at roadside zoos, fairgrounds, malls and other areas.

The new law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo aims to protect not just curious animal lovers seeking a photo with wild cat cubs, or kittens, but also the big cats themselves. Think Simba, the big cat cub...

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