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Jay Jacobs, the Nassau County Democratic chairman, said he couldn’t make the daylong Manhattan event last Tuesday sponsored by the Ready for Hillary superpac urging Hillary Clinton to jump into the 2016 presidential race.
“I am happy to help them out, and, of course, am committed to Hillary Clinton if she decides to run,” said Jacobs, who has chipped in $5,000 to the superpac. “But I think...Read more »
Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, got back the $140,000 he loaned his party just before Election Day.
Schaffer had advanced Democrats $50,000 last December to help pay for the special election which made Alfred Krupski a county legislator.
Later he lent the party $90,000 for the highway superintendent race of town board member Kathleen Walsh -- who at the time was a Republican...Read more »
Democrats’ losing Brookhaven supervisor candidate Vivian Viloria-Fisher took aim at Suffolk party chairman Richard Schaffer late last week for failing to support the town campaign.
Fisher made her remarks at a meeting of the Three Village Democratic Club. “He just washed his hands of Brookhaven,” she said in an interview later, noting that he shifted tens of thousand of dollars to wage a primary...Read more »
Controversial and often litigious developer Robert Toussie was a big buyer in the recent county auction that netted Suffolk more than $5 million.
A list, provided as backup for a resolution approving auction sales, listed Toussie as a principal in the firm, Joy Selter LLC, for the purchase of 18 properties with a sale price totaling $639,000.
Selter was also listed as buyer of six of...Read more »
ALBANY -- New York's highest court ruled Thursday that a Great Neck family must return a 3,200-year-old gold tablet that went missing from a German museum after World War II and might be worth millions.
In a 7-0 decision, the state Court of Appeals ruled that the estate of the late Riven Flamenbaum cannot rightfully keep the Assyrian gold tablet that he brought back from Europe after surviving...Read more »
ALBANY -- Prosecutors have charged a Valley Stream insurance executive with multiple counts of money laundering, grand larceny and conspiracy in connection with an alleged kickback scandal involving the influential former leader of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.
Joseph Ross, a principal of Century Coverage Corp., benefitted by more than $1 million in the bribery scheme, according...Read more »
You could say Anthony Giordano was one of the first to know that the great Mariano Rivera wouldn’t make his name as a starting pitcher.
Or you could say that Giordano just didn’t know Rivera – dismissing the New York Yankees’ just-retired, future-Hall-of-Fame closer in favor of a career minor leaguer.
Either way, Giordano, a former pro baseball agent and now candidate for Suffolk’s...Read more »
As issues lobbying and campaign-finance issues continue to simmer at the state Capitol, two watchdogs now are questioning whether pro-Cuomo ads funded by the state Democratic Party violate the lobbying law.
The party has bankrolled recent ads that tell New Yorkers to urge their legislators to support parts of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's agenda, including a package of ethics laws and a proposal...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed a bill Thursday that would have ordered the MTA to hold more hearings before raising fares and another measure that would have placed public transportation funds in a figurative “lock box” that couldn’t be tapped for other government functions.
Cuomo said the measures were unnecessary and restrictive, but supporters said his decisions would hurt millions of New...Read more »
The “Talking Transition” project, organized to coincide with the Bloomberg-to-de Blasio changeover in New York City, is clearly designed to appropriate a bit of the Occupy Wall Street flavor that sprang up just two autumns ago — with its “tent” and its all-invited, bring-your-own agenda motif set in lower Manhattan.
But let’s not convince ourselves this "happening" holds the same...Read more »