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High court hands Nassau victory in tuition dispute with North Hempstead

Nassau County has won a long-running dispute with local towns over the burden of covering community college tuition.

The state Court of Appeals, in a 7-0 decision issued Thursday, said that Nassau can charge North Hempstead for amounts it paid for local students to attend out-of-county community colleges. At stake was about $1.7 million in annual payments.

The ruling might also impact...

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SuperPAC funded by Long Islander runs ad for Astorino

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino speaks at a

(Credit: AP / Seth Wenig)

ALBANY — Some late financial help is coming to the aid of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.

The group called Rescue New York, primarily funded by a Long Island hedge fund manager, says it has just completed airing its Hope TV ad in every region of the state. The group is funded with $500,000 from Robert Mercer of East Setauket who manages a Manhattan hedge fund, according to...

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Protesters give Martins Roadblock Award

More than two dozen protesters from three progressive advocacy groups gathered at the Mineola office of State Sen. Jack Martins Wednesday afternoon to present him with Roadblock Awards for blocking several pieces of Democratic legislation.

The protesters, members of Make the Road Action Fund, the New York Communities for Change and the Long Island Progressive Coalition, were confronted by...

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Haber accuses Martins of violating Senate mailing rules

Democratic challenger Adam Haber, left, and State Sen.

(Credit: James Escher)

Democratic State Senate candidate Adam Haber is accusing his Republican opponent in the 7th District, Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola), of violating Senate rules by sending out taxpayer-funded mailings less than three weeks before the November election.

The deadline for members of the Senate to send out district mailings is Oct. 3.

But, Haber’s campaign pointed to a pair of mailings from...

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Comptroller’s race gets TV debate; Antonacci makes rare statement

Republican candidate for state comptroller, Bob Antonacci, who

(Credit: Brett Carlsen / Syracuse.com)

ALBANY -- A statewide cable TV debate in the state comptroller’s race is scheduled for Wednesday night featuring Democrat Thomas DiNapoli and Republican Bob Antonacci.

The live, one-hour debate begins at 7 p.m.

In a political season where candidates in other races continue to fight to get incumbents to agree to debates or additional debates, Antonacci offered a rare observation of Comptroller...

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Astorino's running mate to campaign with Nassau Republicans

Republican nominees Rob Astorino, right, for governor and

(Credit: AP / Seth Wenig)

Chemung County Sheriff and GOP candidate for lieutenant governor Christopher Moss will be on Long Island Wednesday night to speak at the Nassau County Republican Committee’s dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

All major Nassau Republican officials, including Chairman Joe Mondello, are expecting to attend, said party spokesman Anthony Santino.

Mondello has endorsed Moss...

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Astorino gets fundraising help from former NJ governor Christine Todd Whitman

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino speaks at a

(Credit: AP / Seth Wenig)

ALBANY — Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino may not be getting much love from Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but on Wednesday Astorino landed the support of the Garden State’s former governor.

Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, a moderate Republican, issued her fundraising letter for Astorino on Wednesday. Christie, as head of the Republican Governors Association,...

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7th S.D.: Sierra Club stands by Haber despite investments

Adam Haber announces his run for the New

(Credit: Chris Ware)

The Sierra Club has decided to maintain its endorsement of Democratic State Senate candidate Adam Haber, despite reports that he has invested in two companies involved in hydrofracking for natural gas.

The environmental advocacy group endorsed Haber last week in his campaign against Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) in the 7th District.

Only days later, reports showed Haber had invested...

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Rose on Cuomo: 'I think he would like to be president'

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo marches in the annual

(Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt)

“I think he would like to be president,” CBS’ Charlie Rose said Tuesday after concluding an interview with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo about the governor’s new, election-timed memoir.

“I think it’s in his blood,” Rose said after a 10-minute segment on "CBS This Morning."

The memoir and round of interviews are just two of the steps Cuomo has taken in recent months to raise his national...

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Latest poll: Statewide Democratic ticket leads on L.I.

Bottom line: The Newsday/News12/Siena poll shows Democratic incumbents Cuomo and DiNapoli well ahead on Long Island three weeks before the election, and Schneiderman a little less so.

Here's the story via Yancey Roy....

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