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Nassau legislator clashes with rival, and his leader

Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) and David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who are running against each other for the State Senate seat vacated by Charles Fuschillo, had their first public debate several weeks ago during a Planning Committee meeting about a bill intended to revive a dormant water resources advisory board.

Venditto, who chairs the committee, said the board was needed...

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Congress: Bishop raises $525k, has $1.1 million in bank

Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) today said he raised a record $525,000 in the second quarter of this year, giving him $1.1 million in cash as he looks to stave off his Republican challenger, State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), in the Nov. 4 election.

Neither Bishop, the six-term congressman in the East End district, nor Zeldin, the victor in an expensive GOP primary on June 20, had filed their...

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Senate reports $5 million in campaign coffers, but below 2012 pace

The New York Senate Chamber at the Capitol

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

Republicans said Tuesday they have raised $3.7 million in the last six months to defend their hold on the state Senate.

GOP spokesman Scott Reif said the Senate Republican conference will report having “nearly $5 million” in its main campaign accounts when it files with the state Board of Elections. That will be slightly less than the $5.4 million Senate Republicans had in hand in July 2012.

Senate...

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Cahill says he's raised $1M in campaign for attorney general

John Cahill, Republican candidate for state attorney general

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

Republican John Cahill said Tuesday he has raised more than $1 million in his campaign to unseat Democrat Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Cahill touted the accomplishment in a letter to supporters – though he will still significantly trail Schneiderman in the money chase.

“What makes reaching this important milestone even more incredible is that we accomplished this in less than...

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LI congressmen 'disappointed' at breakdown in MTA-LIRR union talks

After pointedly telling MTA chairman Thomas Prendergast in Washington last week that no one should count on Congress to intervene in the deadlocked contract talks with LIRR unions, key members of the Long Island congressional delegation today bemoaned the lack of any negotiating with four days to go to the strike deadline.

Reps. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), Pete King (R-Seaford) and Tim Bishop...

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Cuomo: LIRR strike wouldn't be a disaster

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said July 15, 2014, that

(Credit: Trish Hennessy)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday a Long Island Rail Road strike would be inconvenient but not a disaster.

The Democrat governor, who is up for re-election this year, said he still isn’t sure if he’ll get personally involved in the contract stalemate between LIRR unions and the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Cuomo sought to distance himself from the issue a bit, saying it...

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Schumer disputes claim he coached Lazio vs. Hillary Clinton

Onetime U.S. Senate candidate, Rick Lazio, is claiming

(Credit: AP / Richard Drew)

In 2000, Sen. Charles Schumer so feared being upstaged by Hillary Clinton that he coached her GOP opponent for senator from New York, Rick Lazio.

That's the claim of Lazio, according to a new anti-Clinton book to be published July 22 -- and Schumer denies it.

Lazio has not responded to an email query.

The book is "Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine,...

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3rd S.D.: Senft packing it in as GOP strives to retain Zeldin seat

Councilman Anthony Senft addresses the community during an

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

As widely expected in recent weeks, Islip GOP Town Councilman Anthony Senft, one of those saddled with the Brentwood park dumping scandal, has withdrawn from the state Senate race to succeed Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who's been nominated to challenge Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in November.

Senate Republican efforts to keep the seat may include putting town supervisor Tom Croci on the ballot...

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Astorino raises $3.4 million so far, $2.4 million on hand

Rob Astorino, Republican challenger for New York State

(Credit: Uli Seit)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Monday he raised $3.4 million since declaring his candidacy, and has $2.4 million in the bank heading into the heart of the campaign season.

Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to announce Tuesday that he has $40 million to $50 million stockpiled.

Candidates for statewide and state legislative offices must submit their fund-raising...

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Influential Niagara senator will step down; says it's unrelated to federal probe

Another veteran Republican senator has said he won’t run for re-election.

Sen. George Maziarz (R-Niagara) made the decision amid a federal probe of his campaign funds, The Buffalo News reported Sunday.

Maziarz, a 20-year Senate veteran, is one of the most influential upstate lawmakers, playing a big role within the GOP ranks and serving, at times, as an ally of Democrat Gov. Andrew M....

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