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3rd S.D.: Senft raised more than $97G before dropping out

Conservative Islip Town Board member Anthony Senft dropped out of the race for the 3rd District State Senate seat last week, but his short-lived campaign raised $97,242, and he had $49,961 left at his exit.

His biggest donor was Edward Walsh’s Suffolk County Conservative Chairman's Club, which gave $35,000 to Senft’s campaign, and the State Senate Republican Campaign Committee, which provided...

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4th C.D.: Blakeman demands Rice fire staffer over 'insensitive' Twitter joke about domestic violence

Congressional candidates for New York's 4th District Kathleen

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Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman is calling for his opponent to fire a campaign staffer who had posted a joke to Twitter about domestic violence. Blakeman, who is running to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) in Nassau County’s 4th District, issued a statement late Friday that condemned the tweet by Zach Tierney, an aide to Democrat Kathleen Rice’s campaign. Tierney,...

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1st C.D.: Bishop gets a little help from his friends

Rep. Bishop's campaign is due to benefit from

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For the third time in a row, Rep. Tim Bishop faces a tough re-election race this year, but he's  lucky – he’s got friends in high places.

Other Democrats in Congress have contributed $121,800 to him either from their own campaign funds or from their leadership PACs, records show.

That puts him in the top 10 recipients of these funds among House Democrats running for re-election,...

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Cuomo a 'closer' in LIRR talks, as widely predicted weeks ago

Lead Long Island Rail Road union negotiator Anthony

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

People in transit offices, labor unions and political circles expected weeks ago that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo would stride into the spotlight before Sunday's strike deadline and close a deal to avert shutdown of the Long Island Rail Road.

They had good reason to believe that. Events had followed that script back in April, when the LIRR's parent organization, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority,...

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De Blasio to depart, in search of the best eggplant parm

Mayor Bill de Blasio departs Friday for a 10-day family vacation to Italy with a mission: to find an eggplant parmigiana as delicious as his late mother’s.

“Eggplant parmigiana is my all-time favorite Italian meal,” de Blasio said at an unrelated event Thursday in Canarsie, Brooklyn. “My mother, Maria de Blasio — may she rest in peace — still no one has come close to an eggplant parmigiana...

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Nassau GOP lawmaker breaks silence, supports sewer deal

Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), who is runnning for a vacant State Senate seat, said on Thursday he supports Republican County Executive Edward Mangano’s plan to have a private company manage Nassau’s sewer system for 20 years, but still wants to know what his constituents think of the deal before making any decisons.

“I think it's going to provide the necessary repairs and...

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Cuomo allies launch 'Women's Equality' ballot line; critics dub it cynical ploy

Democrats said Thursday they will create a new ballot line to support Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other candidates, dubbed the “Women’s Equality Party.”

Cuomo’s liberal and conservative rivals immediately denounced it as a cynical ploy and questioned the incumbent’s record on women’s issues.

Cuomo allies would have to gather at least 15,000 petition signatures by mid-August to create a...

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Nassau Democrat received more $$ from sewer firm than Mangano

As Nassau’s Rules Committee prepares to vote Friday on a contract to pay United Water more than $1.1 billion over 20 years to manage the county’s sewer system, a review of campaign disclosure reports shows that the New Jersey-based company and its Long Island chief executive officer, Gary Albertson, contributed more money to Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) than to Republican County Executive...

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Wealthy donors boost Cuomo's re-election campaign

One of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's wealthy donors is

(Credit: Steve Friedman)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is relying on fat wallets to fund his re-election campaign: nearly half of the money he’s raised has come from donors who gave $40,000 or more, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

In contrast, Republican Rob Astorino, who trails badly in the money chase, is leaning on lots of small donations.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has raised $21 million from 317 donors who...

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An eye-opening fundraising figure turns out to be a typo

After the outsized fundraising of his political club brought him scrutiny from his own party earlier this year, it briefly appeared that Rob Walker, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s chief deputy, was at it again.

His Hicksville Republican Committee this week filed its fundraising report for the first half of 2014, and the numbers within raised many eyebrows. Though the committee only reported...

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