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Cuomo foes call for swift action following report of interference with ethics panel

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, left, delivers

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ALBANY — One of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s political challengers called the Democrat a crook and another said the governor may have to resign after a published report said he interfered with an anti-corruption commission.

 "Governor Cuomo is in big trouble,” said Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.  “New Yorkers cannot afford to have a crook...

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Canceled: Di Iorio drops request for FEC ok on 'reality show' campaign

The show will not go on.

Late last night, Republican congressional candidate Nick Di Iorio and his campaign manager Joe Shippee withdrew their request for an FEC advisory ruling on whether they could turn their longshot campaign into a reality show.

That withdrawal was disclosed this morning when the Federal Election Commission members met to discuss and vote on a draft advisory opinion...

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Good-government groups say report of Cuomo’s involvement in ethics panel ‘terrible,’ ‘shocking’

ALBANY _ Good-government groups on Wednesday called on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to respond, in person, to a “devastating” news report that he and his top aides interfered with a potentially powerful anti-corruption commission he ultimately shut down.

The New York Times in a lengthy story Wednesday said Cuomo and his aides dissuaded the Moreland Commission from investigating the governor’s...

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The odd couple and the defunct commission: A NY moment

Hours after Republican Rob Astorino and Democrat Zephyr Teachout took shots at the Cuomo administration as aiding corruption, The New York Times published a big front-page story detailing how, amid internal friction, his defunct Moreland Commission followed a specific governor-driven agenda and crushed a subpoena against a company hired by the governor (link below). The headline was that Cuomo "hobbled...

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Latest episode: Esquire Network passes on campaign as reality show

Bad news for Nick Di Iorio, the Republican who floated the idea of turning his doomed challenge to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) into a reality show for pay: the Esquire Network said it has passed on the idea."This program is not being developed or produced by Esquire Network," said Katherine Nelson, the network's senior vice president of communications in an email.After that development, Di...

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Cuomo ally Alfonse D'Amato wades into Christie-Astorino spat

Former U.S. Sen. Al D'Amato on April 18,

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Now for a Long Island follow-up to the posting earlier Tuesday on Gov. Chris Christie downplaying Rob Astorino's chances of beating Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Astorino, at a news conference with Democrat Zephyr Teachout broadly branding Cuomo as abetting corruption, said he didn't know if Christie had an understanding involving factual cover-ups with the New York governor but suggested Christie should...

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C.D. 4: Blakeman goes to Washington... to raise money

Republican businessman and lawyer Bruce Blakeman heads to Washington tomorrow to raise money as he continues to try to make the case that he can run a competitive campaign against Democrat Kathleen Rice.Blakeman will appear at the Capitol Hill Club, a Republican bastion near the U.S. Capitol, at a hour-long fundraiser starting at 5:30 p.m. It's hosted by former Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S....

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C.D. 4: Rice visits Israel

UPDATE: The Kathleen Rice party visiting Israel figured out a work-around the FAA ban on U.S. flights to and from Tel Aviv, and she is expected to return Thursday.

Said Rice spokesman Eric Phillips: "We are leaving on a flight connecting in Europe that routes to JFK. If everything holds, our return timing won't be much different than originally scheduled." - Tom Brune in Washington

Democratic...

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In clash, Rob Astorino says Chris Christie may wish to quit RGA role

Rob Astorino suggested that Gov. Chris Christie of

(Credit: Getty Images, Amy Newman/northjersey.com)

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey got Rob Astorino, Republican candidate for governor of New York, a bit of media attention Tuesday — even if it wasn’t the kind the Westchester county executive set out to get.

It started with Christie, campaigning for a GOP hopeful in Connecticut, saying of New York that at the Republican Governors Association, of which he became chairman in November: “We...

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C.D. 4: Blakeman advances in NRCC candidate program

The National Republican Congressional Committee has designated 4th District hopeful Bruce Blakeman as a “contender” in their program to support open-seat candidates across the country.

Blakeman, of Long Beach, is a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature who is facing Democratic Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola).

The...

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