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Robert Brodsky

Robert Brodsky has been a reporter at Newsday since April 2011, covering Nassau County government and politics. Prior to that, he spent four years in Washington, D.C. at Government Executive, a magazine and Web site focused on the business side of the federal government. Brodsky has also worked for the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C. investigative Web site.

Cuomo due to outline development proposals

Cuomo has touted the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement

(Credit: AP/Seth Weinig)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has so far campaigned on his past record rather than his future plans, is expected to soon outline an agenda that includes development proposals.

The Democratic governor has long tried to be seen as an executive who gets things done, especially infrastructure. Hence his emphasis on the Tappan Zee Bridge, which hit a bump last week. Look for Cuomo to try to push similar...

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Rivals commence Suffolk comptroller race by phone, visit and rhetoric

Suffolk Democratic comptroller candidate James Gaughran has not yet put out his first TV ad or mailing, but party officials say their grassroots ground game is already blanketing the county.

Party officials say in the past six weeks they have made more than 300,000 calls to voters and knocked on 75,000 doors for Gaughran and local legislative candidates.

They forecast by Election Day...

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Major-party deal on L.I. judge races to block minor parties' role

Nassau’s Republican-Democratic cross-endorsement deal for state Supreme Court includes one proviso that did not come to light in a GOP convention — that none of the candidates will take any minor party lines, be it Conservative or Independence or Working Families.

Several sources say that Jay Jacobs, Nassau Democratic chairman, made the initial suggestion. Jacobs maintains it was done by mutual...

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Babylon Democrats' fete goes on without slated Stricoff salute

Talk about bad timing.

It was originally billed as a salute to exiting Babylon Democratic leader Robert Stricoff, but last week’s $300-a-head town party fundraiser went on anyway without Stricoff — now under a DA’s investigation — or any mention of his name.

But their was no mistaking Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer’s meaning when he spoke to the 180 party activists who...

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On LI, CSEA backs Republicans for Senate, Democrats for House

  The largest state employees’ union, the Civil Service Employees Association, supports keeping Long Island’s nine State Senate seats in Republican hands.

  CSEA backs, along with seven incumbents seeking re-election, Islip Supervisor Tom Croci to replace Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), now running for Congress, as well as Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) to succeed ex-GOP Sen. Charles...

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U.S. official rejects Rep. Bishop's claim 40 Americans who left to join ISIS are back in U.S.

A YouTube video that shows Rep. Tim Bishop telling a business group a week ago that 40 Americans who went to join the Islamic State militant group have returned to the United States has created a splash on the web, especially on conservative news sites.

It made news because Bishop, a Southampton Democrat seeking re-election to a seventh term, is the first U.S. official to put the number 40...

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On arming Syrian rebels: Schumer votes yes, Gillibrand votes no

New York’s two Democratic senators agree on a lot of policies, but not always. On Thursday, Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand split on the 78-22 vote for funding the government through mid-December.

The breaking point was the attachment to the spending bill of a measure to authorize the arming and training of moderate Syrian rebels as part of President Barack Obama’s strategy...

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Judge allows challenge to Esposito signatures to continue

A challenge by Republican Tom Croci to Adrienne Esposito’s State Senate candidacy on the Women’s Equality Line is still alive after a judge ruled that Esposito properly was served with legal papers.

A final decision on whether Esposito will run on the newly created line is expected next week by the Suffolk County Board of Elections. Another state Supreme Court hearing on the challenge is set...

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CD 3: Steve Israel receives Suffolk police union endorsement; knocks Grant Lally on law enforcement record

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) recently received the endorsement of the Coalition of Suffolk Police Unions, using the nod to knock Republican challenger Grant Lally on his previous opposition to federal legislation that funded thousands of new police officers.

On Wednesday, Suffolk Police Benevolent Association president Noel DiGerolamo said the coalition of unions endorsed Israel because...

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Mounting school speed camera costs

A sign warns motorists of a speed traffic

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

The costs of Nassau's new school speed camera program continue to mount. And that's just counting dollars, not political consequences of the initiative that has infuriated hundreds of county motorists.

Nassau already lost more than $2 million in anticipated revenue when County Executive Edward Mangano dismissed nearly 40,000 tickets issued last month because of malfunctions in the program...

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