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Dan Janison

Dan Janison has been a reporter at Newsday since 1997, much of which was spent as a staff writer for the New York City edition. He has also served as City Hall reporter and as Deputy Long Island editor for politics. Before coming to Newsday, Janison worked as a reporter for the Staten Island Advance, Albany Times Union and New York Post.

Latest poll: Statewide Democratic ticket leads on L.I.

Bottom line: The Newsday/News12/Siena poll shows Democratic incumbents Cuomo and DiNapoli well ahead on Long Island three weeks before the election, and Schneiderman a little less so.

Here's the story via Yancey Roy....

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NY candidates wooing the Asian-American vote

Tim Wu, who ran for state lieutenant governor

(Credit: AP / Seth Wenig)

ALBANY — In April, Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino turned political heads when he picked The Lin Sing Association, one of Chinatown's oldest community groups, for one of his first political events.

In late August, when polls showed Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul was facing a tough challenge in the Democratic primary against law professor Tim Wu, the Cuomo-Hochul...

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S.D.7: Adam Haber and Sen. Jack Martins continue to roll out endorsements

The two candidates for New York’s 7th Senate District continue to tout new endorsements in the weeks leading up to election.

On Monday, Democratic Party challenger Adam Haber received the endorsement of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

DiNapoli, a fellow Democrat from Great Neck Plaza, said in a statement: "As a resident of the 7th Senate District, I know Adam Haber is the right choice...

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4th CD: Blakeman revisits Rice's voting record [Updated]

Republican Bruce Blakeman’s congressional campaign is revisiting criticisms of his Democratic opponent Kathleen Rice’s voting record -- an issue first raised during her 2010 primary run for state attorney general.

Blakeman’s team on Monday released a statement that compiled coverage of the issue from four years ago, including references to Rice not voting for 18 years after first registering...

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3rd SD: New ad reflects a 'Rocky' road for Esposito

Down 27 points in a recent poll, state Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito has made her first television ad decidedly unconventional.

The commercial with a "Rocky" theme, embedded below, features Esposito  getting her hands taped, cracking eggs into a glass for breakfast and running as neighbors shout, "Go Adrienne."  (The actual quote from the movie was "Yo Adrian!")...

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Education sector quiet on Election Day school bond issue

 Who is out there urging voters to approve a referendum to borrow $2.4 billion for school technology and security equipment? None of the major education players.

  New York State United Teachers, New York State School Boards Association and the state Board of Regents, which often can be counted on to support spending increases for public schools, are sitting on the sidelines.

 None...

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Nassau GOP's Mondello reasserts support for Astorino-Moss

New York State Republican candidate for Governor Rob

(Credit: Bryan Smith)

Two days after Republican County Executive Edward Mangano appeared in a television commercial saying he was voting for Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello made an announcement to the county’s GOP executive leaders at the start of their regular Thursday evening meeting at Republican headquarters in Westbury:

“We’re the Nassau Republican Committee and...

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Former NuHealth official charged with misconduct ended up not working for Suffolk

Larry Slatky, NuHealth's former executive vice president of

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Suffolk officials privately breathed a sigh of relief last week after learning Nassau’s former executive vice president of NuHealth, Larry Slatky, was charged with official misconduct.

The Bellone administration in March sought a waiver to hire Slatky as a consultant for up to $50,000 to help the county negotiate with Hudson River HealthCare, a nonprofit group taking over the county’s network...

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Fitzpatrick back on top in party's most-conservative ratings

Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James) on June 5, 2014

(Credit: James Escher )

Assemb. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-St. James) ended up in a dead heat last week as Albany’s most conservative lawmaker, but he only won rightful recognition after pointing out the state Conservative Party made a mistake in its rankings.

When the state Conservative Party first put out this year’s rankings, it showed that Fitzpatrick had scored a 90 percent rating, coming in second to Assemb. David...

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Nassau parks personnel ask Astorino to stop campaigning, then back off

A brouhaha in the beer garden was averted when the Nassau County parks department decided to reverse itself Sunday and allow GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino to shake hands and pass out literature at an Oktoberfest event at Eisenhower Park.

Astorino's first stop Sunday was at the event announced by County Executive Ed Mangano, who had endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo five days earlier.

Astorino...

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