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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

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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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1st C.D.: Zeldin backer gets a Clinton robocall at Town Hall

The race for the East End congressional seat is so tight, Democrats were sending out election-eve robocalls from former President Bill Clinton to the Brookhaven Town Hall office of GOP board member Dan Panico.

Panico said an aide called him out of a meeting about 2 p.m. to hear the call from Clinton, who said Bishop is “a great congressman” who would work hard for the district.


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UPDATED 4th C.D.: Super PAC attacks Rice in $450,000, er, $50,000 ad

Fourth Congressional District candidate Kathleen Rice stands with

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UPDATE: Oops, make that a $45,000 ad attack on Democrat Kathleen Rice, according to an amendment filed with the Federal Election Commission Monday afternoon by the Independent Majority Group. And tack on another $5,000, the group said in a second filing with the FEC Monday.

"I wanted to let you know that the spend is actually $45,000, not $450,000. It was a scrivener's error that was corrected...

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Cuomo, Astorino in last-ditch campaigning

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo tried to fire up union workers at a “get out the vote” rally in Times Square Monday, while his Republican challenger Rob Astorino spent the day greeting voters at stops throughout New York City on the eve of Tuesday’s election.

Hundreds of union members showed up at an outdoor Democratic rally meant to shore up support for Cuomo; his lieutenant governor running mate Kathy...

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DCCC Chairman Steve Israel: 'Will we take the House? Probably not.'

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), on May 1, 2014,

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Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, acknowledged Monday that Democrats won't win a net 17 seats to take control of the House -- but won't predict how many seats they'll lose.

Israel, who as DCCC chairman helped Democrats pick up a net eight seats in 2012, is braced for the worst, though, if his interview on MSNBC Monday morning is...

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