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Cuomo, de Blasio make late effort to push Hochul as liberal for lt. gov.

Former Rep. Kathy Hochul campaigns with Gov. Andrew

(Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton)

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are telephoning voters and hitting the radio waves in a late push to promote Kathy Hochul, the governor's running mate, as the liberal choice for lieutenant governor.

“There’s a Democratic primary this Tuesday and it’s important,” states Cuomo in a radio ad, after months of avoiding even mentioning he and...

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Video: In 4th CD, Blakeman debuts TV spot stressing women's issues

Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman on July 31,

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman has debuted his first television ad of the general election campaign (video posted below), and it’s aimed at highlighting his record on an issue that Democrats typically claim as theirs – women’s advocacy.

 The 30-second spot, “There for us,” features a female narrator talking about Blakeman initiatives from his time in the late 1990s...

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Conservative chairman urges vote for liberal -- in Dem primary

The head of New York’s Conservative Party is a backing a liberal.

In the Democratic primary, that is.

Michael Long, Conservative chairman, is urging conservative Democrats to vote for Zephyr Teachout instead of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the Dems’ primary Tuesday. Teachout, a Fordham University professor, has criticized Cuomo’s economic initiatives and tax policies as too friendly to big...

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Schneiderman now says political consultant appeared before AG office

Aides to New York Attorney General Eric T.

(Credit: AP / Richard Drew)

ALBANY -- Republican John Cahill on Monday slammed Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for his use of a political consultant who has also represented clients before the attorney general’s office.

Cahill was responding to an article in Crain’s New York. Months ago, Schneiderman’s office said the attorney general’s ex-wife, top political consultant Jennifer Cunningham, who still advises...

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8th SD: A candidate's November posters defaced, early

Poster defacement takes different forms in an election

The juvenile pranks seem to be starting early.

As noted by reporter Celeste Hadrick, posters for Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who's running against Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) for the vacant 8th Senate District seat, proclaimed "Nobody Fights Harder" before somebody changed them to "Nobody Taxes Harder" -- which is spelled incorrectly, as shown above. The seat was vacated...

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Low voter turnout likely for Tuesday's primary, if history is any guide

Tuesday’s Democratic primary contests for governor and lieutenant governor are expected to draw as usual only a thin band of party members to the polls.

But the question of who and how many will show up creates suspense.

Well-known and well-funded, first-term Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo faces Zephyr Teachout, a little-known and little-funded New York City law professor making her first run...

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Funds pile up for Sen. Gillibrand's 'Off the Sidelines' PAC

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks at a

(Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton)

With Tuesday’s release of New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's book "Off the Sidelines," the question arises: Is her PAC of the same name on the sidelines?

Reports for May, June and July show it raised $582,752 and has $1.5 million in the bank -- but provided just $35,000 to congressional races.

A PAC spokesman answered: “Not at all.”

The problem is, the PAC can only give up...

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L.I. Senate Democratic candidates pitch minimum-wage as issue

Long Island Democrats are seeking to use minimum wage as an issue in their attempt to win control of the state Senate.

   State lawmakers agreed in 2013 to raise the wage in three phrases, climbing to $9 per hour in 2016. Advocates, who held a rally in Westbury Friday, are calling for a higher wage and giving municipalities the ability to set their own wage.

  Four Island...

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Judge races: Nassau Dem head Jacobs OK with Indie candidate

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...

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SCCC probe goes to ethics board

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...

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