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State Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito began airing a radio ad Thursday that hits Republican Tom Croci for raising taxes as supervisor of Islip.
The woman narrating the ad criticizes Croci for proposing a 65 percent increase in 2012 and passing a 28 percent increase that year and 11 percent the following year.
The woman says, "We can't...Read more »
Under the aegis of governance, Nassau Republican County Executive Edward Mangano has taken part before in joint appearances with Democratic District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
Another is set for Saturday, which happens to be less than three weeks before Rice appears on the ballot for Congress against Republican Bruce Blakeman — and days after Mangano's commercial for Democratic Gov. Andrew M....Read more »
ALBANY _ Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino was endorsed Thursday by the head of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, a win in his effort to attract the Latino vote.
“It is better to work with a person with who I know where I stand, to come with truth,” said Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. (D-Bronx), a conservative minister. “I can work with that.”
Diaz, who heads the Hispanic...Read more »
ALBANY _ The high-stakes game of which party will control the state Senate just got another wild card.
Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) on Thursday supported the minor party campaign of Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), which was forced by Grisanti’s loss in September’s Republican primary.
Grisanti’s loss in September was immediately seen as a boost to the chances for...Read more »
Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman on Thursday rolled out his second set of public safety endorsements in less than a week, touting the support as a hit to his Democratic opponent – and prominent law enforcement official – Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
Blakeman’s campaign announced in a statement that the former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature was...Read more »
New York’s largest teachers’ union has sued the state Education Department over a “gag order” banning discussion of state standardized tests.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court, seeks to invalidate the confidentiality agreements the state agency requires teachers to sign before scoring the exams. The union calls the agreement a “gag order” and “an unconstitutional prior restraint on teachers'...Read more »
ALBANY -- On Wednesday Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared “all arrows are pointed” up in the upstate economy, dismissing a top campaign issue of his opponent. A day before, five miles away, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York saw things differently.
“Some things are quantifiable,” Cuomo said at a campaign event in the Albany County suburb of Colonie. “The upstate economy...Read more »
Lillian Roberts, the 86-year-old executive director of New York City's largest public-employee organization, District Council 37 of AFSCME, has announced her retirement.
The union's statement just in:
Today, DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts announced her retirement ending 60 years of service to the labor movement having served 13 of those years as head of District Council 37...Read more »
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has endorsed Democrat Adam Haber in his bid to unseat Republican State Sen. Jack Martins for New York’s 7th Senate District.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Schumer said: "Adam Haber will make an excellent State Senator. Nassau residents can count on him to fight for their interests in Albany, from passing the Women's Equality Act and strengthening schools to...Read more »
The Republican candidate for lieutenant governor said Wednesday the first thing he’d do if elected is convene an anti-heroin summit to battle its spread in New York.
Christopher Moss, the Chemung County sheriff who is running with GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, said he’d hold the confab within his first 30 days in office.
Moss, a 26-year law-enforcement...Read more »