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Former NuHealth official charged with misconduct ended up not working for Suffolk

Larry Slatky, NuHealth's former executive vice president of

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Suffolk officials privately breathed a sigh of relief last week after learning Nassau’s former executive vice president of NuHealth, Larry Slatky, was charged with official misconduct.

The Bellone administration in March sought a waiver to hire Slatky as a consultant for up to $50,000 to help the county negotiate with Hudson River HealthCare, a nonprofit group taking over the county’s network...

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Fitzpatrick back on top in party's most-conservative ratings

Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James) on June 5, 2014

(Credit: James Escher )

Assemb. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-St. James) ended up in a dead heat last week as Albany’s most conservative lawmaker, but he only won rightful recognition after pointing out the state Conservative Party made a mistake in its rankings.

When the state Conservative Party first put out this year’s rankings, it showed that Fitzpatrick had scored a 90 percent rating, coming in second to Assemb. David...

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Nassau parks personnel ask Astorino to stop campaigning, then back off

A brouhaha in the beer garden was averted when the Nassau County parks department decided to reverse itself Sunday and allow GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino to shake hands and pass out literature at an Oktoberfest event at Eisenhower Park.

Astorino's first stop Sunday was at the event announced by County Executive Ed Mangano, who had endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo five days earlier.

Astorino...

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3rd S.D.: Help for Esposito from de Blasio spouse prompts GOP slam

New York City’s first lady Chirlane McCray and several city union leaders are hosting a Manhattan fundraiser for Democrats’ State Senate contender Adrienne Esposito, fueling Republican attacks that she'd be a pawn of city Democrats if elected.

The Oct. 14 fundraiser for both Esposito and upstate Democratic Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk has ticket prices ranging from $250 to $2,500.

Jesse Garcia,...

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Nassau Dems' Jacobs keeps the spin positive on Obama arrival

President Barack Obama’s first Long Island fundraising trip, set for Thursday, comes during the autumn of his incumbency and the sunset of his usefulness to local party candidates. But Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs, who pushed for the appearance, talks up the event as a plus.

Democrats seeking election or re-election to Congress, such as Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Rep....

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Partisan wires got crossed in call to Brookhaven aide

Paul Brady, an aide to Democratic Brookhaven Town board member Connie Kepert, got an unexpected message on his cellphone last week asking him to show up at Republican headquarters and bring his campaign materials with him.

Brady, who has worked for Kepert since July, said he was “a little shocked” by the call, and it was “a little scary because I never gave anyone at Republican headquarters...

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Cahill releases tax records, shows work in energy field

ALBANY — Republican candidate for attorney general John Cahill made almost $800,000 last year working as a lawyer and consultant for clients in the energy field, according to the personal tax returns he made available Friday.

He worked for companies that had clients in the oil and gas industry as well as companies investing in solar power and other renewable energies.

Cahill showed reporters...

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4th CD: Advocates for Social Security, Medicare back Rice [UPDATED]

An advocacy group representing beneficiaries of Social Security and Medicare on Friday endorsed Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice, saying she “understands and supports the critical roles” the programs play in retirees’ lives.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare announced its endorsement of Rice in a statement that said the Nassau district attorney...

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It's Official: Obama to attend his first Long Island fundraiser

President Barack Obama will be coming to Long Island next Thursday to raise money for the Democratic National Committee, the White House confirmed this afternoon.

Jay Jacobs, the Nassau County Democratic chairman, announced the event on Sept. 17 in a Newsday story but the White House had declined to confirm that the president would be making the trip.

“On Thursday, October 16, the President...

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State 'never helped' L.I.? Mangano-for-Cuomo ad twists history

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano declares in the opening seconds of his campaign commercial for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: "As long as I can remember, state government never worked — and certainly never helped Long Island."

Mangano, a Republican, goes on to tell us that this changed as Cuomo, a Democrat, began "shaking up Albany."

Pause the video right there.

Exaggeration is common...

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