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Good luck reading upstate tea leaves on who follows Kathleen Rice as DA

Soon to be former Nassau County District Attorney

(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

For clues to how the next Nassau DA is picked, you can try looking upstate.

Earlier this year, when Greene County District Attorney Terry Wilhelm left to become a judge, his chief assistant, Charles Bucca, was promptly sworn in as his interim replacement.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had the option of assigning an interim district attorney but chose instead to leave appointee Bucca in place...

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1st C.D.: Zeldin to be lone post-Cantor Jewish Republican in House

Sen. Lee Zeldin greets family and supporters after

(Credit: John Roca)

It has been widely noted that when state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) joins the Congress in January, he’ll become the sole Jewish member of the House’s Republican majority after former Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lost a GOP primary in June.

When asked about this, Zeldin said, “I think it’s very important to advocate for a strong, consistent foreign policy and help improve our relations...

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Another deadline for top-court pick may be ignored, per Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo picked Appellate Division Associate Justice

(Credit: Special to the Times / Joe Putrock)

So much for legal deadlines.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo flouted an Oct. 3 deadline for selecting someone for New York’s highest bench, the Court of Appeals, and now he is apparently giving senators a pass on the law that says they must act on the nomination within 30 days.

Cuomo nominated Albany-area Judge Leslie Stein on Oct. 17, which should mean Senate confirmation by mid-November. But...

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In Suffolk, a sixth Cohalan in four generations joins the bench

When Pierce Cohalan puts on the robes of

(Credit: James Escher)

The election of former Islip Town Attorney Pierce Cohalan as a Republican district court judge last week sets a new state record as he will become the sixth member of the Cohalan family over four generations to become a judge.

Of course, the Cohalans held the old record as well.

Cohalan’s father, Peter Fox Cohalan, was a Republican Suffolk County Executive and later a State Supreme Court...

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Suffolk OTB closes on Medford property for a new casino

After a nearly year-long search, Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp. has closed a $10.95 million deal to buy the 31 acre former Medford movie multi-plex for its new electronic slot machine casino.

The agency closed on the property Oct. 30 with the Massachusetts-based National Amusements Inc. and OTB officials hope to break ground on in 1,000 machine complex in late December or early January. A...

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6th A.D.: Voters said yes to Ramos, and so did she

Assemb. Phil Ramos proposed to Angela Lopez on

(Credit: Suffolk County Democratic Committee)

Election night may have been a tough night for most local Democrats, but it was a good one for Assemb. Philip Ramos, who not only won re-election, but proposed marriage to Angela Lopez on the stage as a ballroom full of party activists looked on.

Ramos called Lopez up to the stage saying she had been “through the highs and lows” helping him knock on doors and campaigning at train stations...

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Latest NUMC appointee: Mangano's now-ex-dep Tim Sullivan

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s recent deputy for finance, Tim Sullivan, started last week as the Nassau University Medical Center’s vice president of finance. Sullivan, who was paid $159,101 by Nassau, will earn $185,000 in his new job.

Former Mangano budget chief Eric Naughton, who returned to Nassau from Florida several months ago to be a financial adviser, will take Sullivan’s...

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Suffolk: Candidates other than Leslie Kennedy may run for seat

Smithtown Republican chairman Bill Ellis may have asked Legis. John Kennedy’s wife, Leslie, if she want to screen as a candidate for her husband’s seat, but other possible contenders are emerging as well.

Town GOP sources say those names include former town attorney John Zollo, town planning board member Paul D’Amato, banker Paul Borowski, attorney Vincent Trimarco, John Feal, head of a foundation...

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Suffolk jail union president faces three rivals

Suffolk Corrections union president Vito Dagnello has three potential challengers vying for the post he has held for the past 12 years.

Kevin Beyer, Louis Viscusi and Nels Lindstrand will vie in a primary where mail in ballots will go out this week and be counted by Nov. 25. The winner will then get to take on Dagnello in a head-to-head contest in January.

“I’m running,” said Dagnello,...

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Independent Dems seek coalition with GOP Senate majority

ALBANY — The solid Republican Senate majority won in Tuesday’s elections may soon become more powerful as the Independent Democratic Conference makes an overture.

IDC leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) said he wants to continue the historic bipartisan coalition with Senate Republicans. Klein and Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) are expected to meet within days.

“I hope he agrees with me...

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