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Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs may have had his problems with the Independence Party, but he says he will not to fight a cross-endorsement of State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Whelan of the Independence Party at Democrats’ bicounty judicial convention Sept. 22.
Jacobs said Whelan’s ties to Independence Party chairman Frank MacKay, with whom he battled earlier this year, are "not determinative...Read more »
The “breach of confidentiality” probe at Suffolk County Community College has been handed over to the county’s board of ethics, according to county and college sources.
Paul Pontieri, chairman of the trustees personnel committee that launched a $5,000 investigation using an outside firm, declined to comment, saying, “I’m not going to speak out of turn.”
College officials have declined...Read more »
Cross-endorsed County Court candidate Tim Mazzei may have resigned early as a Brookhaven Town board member, but the Republican started the next day as a part-time assistant town attorney.
Town Attorney Annette Eaderesto said Mazzei will help with the newly established housing court -- in which the district court sets aside one day a week to deal with town code enforcement and quality of life...Read more »
With Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo refusing to debate opponent Zephyr Teachout before Tuesday’s Democratic primary, she faced off again with his Republican challenger, Rob Astorino, in a 30-minute televised debate that aired Saturday night.
Saturday’s debate on New York City station WPIX offered the candidates another opportunity to denounce Cuomo’s first four years as governor, after debating one...Read more »
Political campaigns constantly misrepresent candidates' records or, in some cases, omit pertinent facts.
Consider a Facebook attack on Nassau Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who is running against fellow legislator Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) for the State Senate seat vacated by Charles Fuschillo, a Merrick Republican.
The latest headline in a Facebook page called “The Real Dave...Read more »
ALBANY -- Democratic challengers Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu on Friday sought a court order to stop the state Democratic Committee from paying for primary TV ads promoting the team of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Kathy Hochul.
The attorney for Teachout, who is running for governor; and Wu, running for lieutenant governor; said using party funds for one Democratic team over another in...Read more »
Many motorists outraged over Nassau’s new school-zone speed camera program complain that the $80 tickets are just a way for the financially strapped county to raise money. County officials contend safety is the point of the program, which was proposed by County Executive Edward Mangano and approved by all 19 members of the Nassau legislature.
So let's do the numbers.
The county’s updated...Read more »
(Updates with Hillary Clinton robo calls for Cuomo)
ALBANY -- Democratic challenger for governor Zephyr Teachout said Friday that she would abolish the cap on the growth of property taxes, which is a hallmark of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s term.
Cuomo continued to decline comment about Teachout or the primary, but his strategy of using surrogates to make his case continued Friday with...Read more »
Two brothers will ask New York’s top court Tuesday to reinstate their defamation lawsuit against Syracuse University and its basketball coach Jim Boeheim, a claim linked to their allegations about Bernie Fine, the coach’s longtime assistant.
The Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments beginning at 2 p.m., the first case of its 2014-15 session.
The case involves allegations made in...Read more »
Given the season and the players, a government controversy becomes a political one.
Long Beach city officials are declining for now to explain in detail what changed and how, after a key stipulation was signed in state Supreme Court in a major, long-running real estate dispute — a document that appears about to be voided.
City corporation counsel Corey Klein, who’s running in Tuesday’s...Read more »