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Astorino assails Cuomo for 'nasty and dirty and low' campaign, but acknowledges effect

New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino gives

(Credit: AP / John Minchillo)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Friday that the tone of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's re-election campaign was "very nasty and dirty and low," and acknowledged Cuomo's attack ads hurt his chances.

Astorino, in his first extended postelection interview, told WGDJ-AM in Albany that a lack of debates and campaign funds hampered him and that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman...

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Cuomo thanked Mangano in re-election victory speech

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Nassau County Executive

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

So far political analysts have yet to determine the impact of Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's endorsement of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on the Democratic incumbent's re-election victory over Republican opponent Rob Astorino.

But Cuomo acknowledged Mangano's help in his victory speech on election night.

Cuomo urged the cheering crowd to “Give a big round of applause for...

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Moving to D.C.: Rice joins 'Maloney House,' Zeldin opts for cot in his office

The two new members of the Long Island congressional delegation have already found places to stay when they're in Washington, and their choices offer a glimpse at how they'll fit into their new working world.

Kathleen Rice, who won the election to replace retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), will move into a townhouse, east of the Capitol building, that's owned by Rep. Carolyn Maloney...

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Cuomo blames dissatisfaction with Obama for drop in support, Dem losses

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks as supporters gather

(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday blamed Democrats' poor performance in New York elections and a steep drop in his support on dissatisfaction with the Obama administration, rather than Democrats' discontent with him.

“These things tend to move on large currents, and the current was a Republican tide, dissatisfaction with a Democratic administration in Washington, premised on economic...

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A top-down ballot line is born, reflecting split among Democrats

Christine Quinn last year after losing the NYC

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Here comes an intrigue-filled twist on New York's unusual practice of allowing different political parties to cross-endorse each other's candidates.

On Tuesday the state's dominant Democratic Party apparently created its own spinoff -- the Women's Equality Party -- by drawing the 50,000 votes needed to achieve automatic ballot status for four years.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo got 50,876 votes...

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Democrat Diaz will give Senate GOP’s slim majority another vote

New York State Sen. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) in

ALBANY -- Democratic Sen. Ruben Diaz said the new Republican majority can count on his vote next year, adding a little more cushion to the GOP’s narrow majority.

“I am a Democrat, but you know that the Cuomo agenda is a poison to me,” Diaz, who represents the Bronx, told Newsday. “So as long as the Republicans need my vote to stop the Cuomo radical agenda, I will be with them.”


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Republicans, LI win in Senate takeover; IDC's role uncertain

From left, Republican state Sens. Jack Martins, Kemp

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

ALBANY — Republicans have sole control of the State Senate in a win for Long Island’s GOP bloc.

But whether the 32 Republicans and one conservative Democrat who is allied with them will gain strength by continuing a coalition with the five-member Independent Democratic Conference remains unknown.

Thirty-two votes is enough to control legislation and resources in the Senate, which will...

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Working Families, Independence appear to keep ballot status, updated

With about two thirds of the vote reported, it appears that the Working Families Party -- which scrambled to retain ballot status despite being tied to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo with whom they've clashed -- again led the Independence Party in the gubernatorial vote, 82,439 to 49,535. So pending certification it looked like both would retain automatic ballot status which requires 50,000 governor votes.


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Regionally, as nationally, a fine election night for Republicans

State Sen. Lee Zeldin, a Republican candidate in

(Credit: Ed Betz)

All the latest detail is on the main Newsday Web page, but it sounds impressive for GOP candidates when rounded up in shorthand: Lee Zeldin has unseated Democratic veteran Tim Bishop in the 1st C.D.; Rep. Michael Grimm survived a challenge on Staten Island despite running under indictment; Legis. John Kennedy becomes the next Suffolk Comptroller; Republicans swept Long Island's state Senate races....

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Progressive group: Given 'horrible choice,' vote WFP for Cuomo

The latest pitch for a "save-the-Working Families Party" vote for Cuomo comes from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, earliest endorsers of Zephyr Teachout in the Democratic primary:


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is not a progressive. On economic justice and democracy issues, he sides more with Republicans than Democrats.

That's why we proudly supported Zephyr...

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