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New law blocks big cat selfies

Lion cub Simba held by Rafiki, a cartoon

(Credit: Disney Enterprises Inc.)

ALBANY — It’s the end of selfies with Simba in New York.

A bill signed into law Monday prohibits contact by the public with big cats at roadside zoos, fairgrounds, malls and other areas.

The new law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo aims to protect not just curious animal lovers seeking a photo with wild cat cubs, or kittens, but also the big cats themselves. Think Simba, the big cat cub...

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LI mom focus of new political ad

ALBANY -- A Lindenhurst mother will be featured in a new series of videos used by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in his re-election campaign.

In the video series for the Internet beginning this week, Teri Knoll speaks about her son’s addiction to painkillers, which she said were overprescribed. Timothy died of an overdose.

The story was part of Schneiderman’s effort to create...

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Teachout: After win in court, another call for debate with Cuomo

Fordham University law professor and Democratic primary gubernatorial

(Credit: AP / Peter Morgan)

ALBANY -- Fresh from her win over Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo who sought to knock her off the Democratic primary ballot, Zephyr Teachout is renewing her call for a debate with the governor.

“New York Democrats deserve a debate between Andrew Cuomo and myself about the issues that real New Yorkers care about: Schools, fracking, corruption and building a fair and strong economy,” she said.


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Rep. Pete King to go back on the road again

Rep. Pete King (R-Seaford) said he is going back on the road to spread his message of a "strong national defense" in a couple of speeches this Friday, but this time he doesn't mention dipping his toe in the presidential waters.

In an email from his congressional campaign, King said he will speak at Republican events in Rhode Island and New Hampshire, which he already has visited six times...

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As Pelosi praises LG hopeful Hochul, candidate Wu responds

New York State Lt. Gov. candidate Kathy Hochul

(Credit: AP / Frank Franklin II)

Insurgent Timothy Wu is trying to turn an endorsement for his opponent, Kathy Hochul, on its ear in their Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) endorsed Hochul, the former Buffalo congresswoman and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate, hailing her “principled and pragmatic leadership.” But Wu, running mate of gubernatorial candidate Zephyr...

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Judge's ruling due Monday in Democratic guv residency case

With State Supreme Court Justice Edgar Walker due to rule Monday on whether long-shot candidate Zephyr Teachout qualifies for the Democratic primary ballot for governor, incumbent Andrew M. Cuomo's heavily favored campaign for a second term reaches an interesting passage.

Either way, the decision doesn't end the story line. One or two rounds of appeals are possible from the losing side, regardless...

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Legis. Jacobs persists in Nassau push for tobacco-at-21 law

Nassau Legis. Judy Jacobs is still fighting for the county to join Suffolk and New York City in raising the purchase age for tobacco products to 21. Early this year, after the neighboring municipalities did so, Jacobs (D-Woodbury) was rebuffed by county GOP lawmakers.

Now, she has given them and County Executive Edward Mangano a new 90-page binder (“Tobacco 21 — the Time is Now!”) that includes...

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Westchester Indie chair has day job with Nassau County

While Rob Astorino alleges that he rejected Westchester Independence Party chief Giulio "Doc" Cavallo's demand for a patronage job after the 2009 elections in return for party endorsement, Cavallo was hired by GOP-controlled Nassau County in July 2010 to work as a "research scientist II" with full civil service benefits.

Records show Cavallo, who has a medical degree, initially was to work...

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4th Congressional District: Rice camp does an anti-Blakeman Twitter handle, draws reply

The Rice campaign mocks rival Blakeman on Twitter.

(Credit: Twitter screen shot)

As Republican House candidate Bruce Blakeman spent last week pressing Democratic foe Kathleen Rice to explain her role on a shuttered state anti-corruption panel, Rice’s campaign was launching an anti-Blakeman Twitter handle.

Initial tweets from @TruthAboutBruce included mentions of a tax hike Blakeman approved as a Nassau County lawmaker in 1999, his $250 donation to Rice's DA re-election...

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In Brooklyn court, Teachout lawyer saw something, said something

One of the final witnesses in the lawsuit challenging Zephyr Rain Teachout’s bid for a spot on the Democratic primary ballot for governor was the 42-year-old Fordham law professor’s mother.

For Mary Miles Teachout, a judge in Vermont, Zephyr is the second of five adult children.

Once called into the courtroom, Mary Teachout dropped her purse on the front row of spectator benches and...

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