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Blakeman ad blasts Rice for 2006 decision ending part-time DA positions

Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman on July 31,

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman has released his second television commercial of the general election campaign – and the second this week – criticizing his Democratic opponent, District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s record on women’s issues.

Rice and Blakeman are running to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) in New York's 4th Congressional District.

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In a rare pledge, AG candidate says he won’t later run for higher office (Updated)

Republican nominee for Attorney General John Cahill, left,

(Credit: AP / Seth Wenig, AP / John Minchillo)

(Updates with comment from Schneiderman campaign)

ALBANY — In a rare pledge by a politician, Republican candidate for attorney general John Cahill said that if he wins the job in November, he won't later seek higher office.

Cahill quotes former Democratic Gov. and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer as saying “A.G.,” the common abbreviation for attorney general, also means “aspiring...

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Nassau labor unions back Martins over Haber in Senate

Members of Nassau?s public labor unions, representing roughly

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Members of Nassau’s public labor unions, representing roughly 30,000 county employees, endorsed State Sen. Jack Martins for re-election at a news conference Wednesday at the Police Benevolent Association office in Mineola.

Martins (R-Mineola) faces a challenge in November against Democratic businessman Adam Haber in the 7th Senate District.

“Senator Martins has a proven record in supporting...

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Teachout primary vote results are a warning sign for Cuomo, experts say

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout speaks to supporters

(Credit: AP / Peter Morgan)

An insurgent’s surprise showing in the Democratic primary exposed some vulnerability and tactical mistakes by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, but doesn’t necessarily threaten his re-election chances, analysts said Wednesday.

Cuomo defeated Zephyr Teachout, a little-known Fordham University law professor, 62 percent to 34 percent on Tuesday. But the tally by the underfunded political novice was much...

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RGA, Christie rediscover Astorino after Cuomo primary

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seen here in

(Credit: AP / Mel Evans)

ALBANY -- The national Republican Governors Association appears to have rediscovered GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino after Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo faced a strong challenge in Tuesday’s primary.

“What New York needs to turn things around is a Republican governor, and Rob Astorino has proven he is the best candidate to lead the state forward,” said RGA chairman Chris Christie....

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With Teachout out and Wu through, Cuomo turns to face Astorino

Republican challenger Rob Astorino, left, and Gov. Andrew

(Credit: AP)

Now that Zephyr Teachout's spirited candidacy has run its course, Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo turns all his political attention to the main event in which he faces Republican challenger Rob Astorino.

The general election crossfire began months ago and will intensify over the next two months. Its overarching theme: Whether the state is really moving forward on Cuomo's watch, and if not,...

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Indicted ex-State Senate Majority Leader Smith crushed in primary

Indicted former Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith of Queens lost his Democratic primary by a huge margin to former City Councilmember Leroy Comrie, a longtime fixture in the party in southeast Queens.

With 94 percent of the vote reported, Comrie tallied 9,065, Smith 2,426, and a third candidate, Munir Avery, got 1,469.

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Teachout-Wu exceed the usual mark for little-known, no-$ long shots

Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu ended up doing quite respectably — better than underfunded Democratic state primary long shots have fared in a long time — by apparently coming near or above the 40 percent mark and winning some upstate counties, with final unofficial tallies still filtering in.

What their performance might portend about what is now the Cuomo-Hochul-vs.-Astorino-Moss general election...

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Denenberg backs capping Nassau fee hikes

Democratic Legislator Dave Denenberg, as he announces his

(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Nassau County Legis. Dave Denenberg is proposing a cap on county fee increases similar to the state’s local property tax cap, saying that the recent cost hikes for various activities and services are “nothing more than disguised tax increases.”

Denenberg (D-Merrick) – who is running for an open state senate seat against fellow County Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) – held a news conference...

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Nassau speed camera tickets versus home heating tax

Nassau residents could be as angry over the county’s new camera-monitored school-zone ticketing program as they were over Nassau’s 2.5 percent tax on home heating fuel enacted in 2009 by the previous Democratic county administration.

County Executive Edward Mangano repealed the tax when he took office in 2010 after he and fellow Republicans used it successfully as a campaign issue to defeat...

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