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ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo -- who has spent much of three years refusing to engage in talk that he might run for president in 2016 -- may have just joked his way back into the mix.
“I’m losing you,” he said with a smile to Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, who asked whether Cuomo is considering a run for president. Cuomo laughed with Baritromo, who has hosted Cuomo’s annual economic...Read more »
News of the Gary Melius shooting jolted political Long Island with an eerie kind of force.
By several accounts, the list of people visiting the 69-year-old businessman and developer at North Shore University Hospital through the afternoon reflected the mix of prominent contacts and friendships that he cultivated and attracted in recent years.
Among them: Nassau Executive Edward Mangano,...Read more »
A reporter on Monday sought to pin down Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on whether he would give a free college education to John Lennon’s killer, but the Democrat wouldn’t let it be.
“Let’s talk about self interest,” Cuomo said, choosing not to directly answer the question about his proposal that’s drawn Republican criticism.
“If you are doing this just by the numbers, it’s cheaper,” he said in...Read more »
ALBANY -- Supporters of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to ease New York’s estate tax banded together Monday to argue that the tax hurts farmers, small business operators and downstate middle class families, not just Wall Street millionaires.
Opponents, however, said Monday’s plea was just a smoke screen to mask a benefit for the richest New Yorkers.
The National Federation of Independent...Read more »
ALBANY -- New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Monday that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed budget lacks necessary detail to show how he could achieve his promised surpluses.
Cuomo’s executive budget this election year includes more than $2 billion in tax cuts spread over several years. Cuomo has said three years of fiscal restraint have led to a $2 billion surplus to pay for it....Read more »
ALBANY -- Good-government groups will pressure state senators this week when legislators return to Albany to try to force Republican leaders to accept public financing of campaigns.
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, the New York Public Interest Research Group, Common Cause and Citizens Union have sent letters to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders to...Read more »
Tired of the endless winter snow? Suffolk Legis. Kara Hahn wants public works officials to study whether using beet-brine will help clear county roads better.
The Stony Brook Democrat has filed a proposal seeking a departmental study to report back within 90 days on the feasibility and cost of using the extract of sugar beets as a road primer as is done in some upstate communities and...Read more »
Suffolk County's stringent laws already bar smoking inside and within 50 feet of county buildings. But Suffolk County Community College trustees want to go even further. Following the lead of the State University trustees’ "Tobacco-Free SUNY" initiative, the Suffolk board wants to bar smoking over the entire 146-acre campus and even in vehicles owned or leased by the college. So college...Read more »
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said this is the week he will announce whether he will run for governor.
Although he has an “Astorino for Governor” campaign fund, a website that skewers Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and has been meeting with party leaders, the Republican has insisted that he hasn’t made a decision on whether to run.
Last week in Albany, Astorino said he would...Read more »
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who said he's deciding this year whether to seek the next Republican presidential nomination, is to speak Monday afternoon at a Long Island Association luncheon, answering questions in a conversational format from LIA president Kevin Law. The invitation-only event is scheduled for the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
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