Spin Cycle

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C.D. 4: Handicapper now sees seat as "safe" to remain Democratic

A handicapper of Congressional races has shifted its classification of the 4th District battle between Democrat Kathleen Rice and Republican Bruce Blakeman from a “likely” to “safe” Democratic victory.

The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics published a report Thursday on its “Sabato’s Crystal Ball” blog that looked at House Republicans’ goal to gain a net of 11 seats during the midterm...

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Question of overkill arises in pro-Cuomo drive to snuff Teachout challenge

For this first-time election candidate, it was high-powered partisan pressure, New York-style.

A lawsuit aimed at crushing law professor Zephyr Rain Teachout’s bid to wage even the most long shot of Democratic primary challenges against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo gave way to a guided tour of her adult life as Teachout testified for several hours Thursday in a Brooklyn courtroom.

She faced...

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New GOP spending group ready to jump in governor's race

Rescue New York Inc., an outside spending group

(Credit: AP)

An outside spending group with ties to national Republicans intends to oppose Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and aid Republican Rob Astorino during the final months of the campaign.

Rescue New York Inc. recently registered as a campaign committee with the state Board of Elections, though it hasn’t reported any spending activity. A board spokesman said the group’s registration form states: “Support Astorino/Oppose...

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Hillary Clinton writes foreword for Gillibrand book

Hillary Clinton signs copies of her book "Hard

(Credit: Chuck Fadely)

Hillary Clinton has written a three-page foreword to "Off the Sidelines," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's first book due out on Sept. 9. And by doing so, Clinton may have guaranteed that Gillibrand -- her successor as junior Democratic senator from New York -- will actually sell enough copies to actually make some money.According to Maggie Haberman at Politico, Clinton praised Gillibrand as...

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Martins, Haber campaigns spar over 'women's agenda' (UPDATED)

Sparring over a package of bills called the “women’s agenda” continued Thursday, as Republicans released an ad Thursday criticizing Democrat Senate candidate Adam Haber’s stance. The Haber campaign called the ad a “cynical” distortion.

The ad, paid for by the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, knocks Haber for calling for the Legislature to pass all 10 bills in the package -- including...

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Rep. Israel breaks with White House on criticism of Israeli shelling

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) in a CNN interview from Israel today broke with the White House and State Department over their criticism of the Israeli shelling that led to deaths of Palestinian civilians near United Nations shelters in Gaza.

The congressman delivered his defense of Israel from Tel Aviv, where he is leading a nine-member congressional delegation on a trip paid for by the...

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Cuomo signs law requiring coaches to report abuse

ALBANY _ New York now requires coaches to report child abuse in a new law prompted by the abuse scandal involving Penn State’s football program.

The bill passed by the State Legislature this year and signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo adds school coaches to a long list of “mandated reporters” including teachers, physicians, social workers and school guidance counselors.


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Hennessey residency upheld, heads to Murray rematch

Edward Hennessey on June 27, 2014. State Supreme

(Credit: James Escher)

A state judge has rejected a Republican claim that Assemb. Edward Hennessey (D-Shirley) doesn't actually live in the 3rd Assembly District, likely setting up an election rematch with Dean Murray.

State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Pitts ruled that Hennessey has a legal residence in Smith Point, dismissing Republican claims that the Democrat lives in East Moriches, outside the 3rd Assembly...

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Challenger for comptroller tries to tag DiNapoli for Albany corruption (Updated)

GOP candidate for state comptroller Robert Antonacci on

(Credit: AP / Brett Carlsen)

(Updates with statement by DiNapoli campaign.)

ALBANY -- Republican candidate for state comptroller Robert Antonacci on Wednesday hit the traditional targets for challengers -- Albany corruption and waste -- but said he has a rare skill set to take them on.

“I have the professional credentials to get into certain aspects of any issue, being a CPA and an attorney,” said Antonacci, the...

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Blakeman presses Rice on Moreland tenure

Congressional candidates for New York's 4th District Kathleen

(Credit: Howard Schnapp / James Escher)

Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman continued Wednesday to pressure his Democratic opponent Kathleen Rice to detail her time as co-chair of a shuttered state anti-corruption commission — this time raising previous political contributions to Rice from members of a law firm the commission investigated.

Blakeman, a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature,...

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