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[UPDATED below with Skelos sending similar message to Republicans]
Using a special commission to investigate state legislators to achieve a political goal is “an abuse of process,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said in an e-mail to lawmakers Friday.
Although Silver (D-Manhattan), didn’t specifically criticize Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, he made clear he thinks the governor’s Moreland Commission...Read more »
The Court of Appeals, New York state’s highest court, on Thursday denied a motion by the Baldwin School District to throw out an appeal by Nassau County of a ruling that it must continue to pay all property tax refunds.
Ronaldl J. Rosenberg, a Garden City attorney who represents the county, said the court unanimously denied the motion.
Acting County Attorney...Read more »
Nassau Police Benevolent Association president James Carver has handily won a third term as head of the county’s largest law enforcement union.
Carver received 77 percent of the ballots from PBA members this week, compared to 23 percent by his opponent, Thomas O’Reilly, a trustee at the Seventh Precinct in Seaford.
“This is happening in the midst of a three-year long wage freeze,” said...Read more »
It was a big win this week for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman when JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay $13 billion to resolve federal and state claims regarding the selling of risky, mortgage-backed securities, the housing bubble and the financial collapse of 2008.
Recall that while federal officials and other attorneys general were pressing for a “global” settlement in 2011 with some of...Read more »
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Wednesday a panel appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislators are negotiating responses to subpoenas.
Cuomo’s “Commission to Investigate Public Corruption,” informally known as the Moreland Commission, subpoenaed lawmakers earlier this year to get information about outside sources of income. Lawmakers declined, saying they’ve already complied...Read more »
Beating Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to the punch, Senate Republicans issued their own set of recommended tax and spending cuts Tuesday, including enacting a permanent 2 percent cap on spending growth.
Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) issued the GOP’s “Report on Tax Reform” about six weeks before the kickoff of the 2014 legislative session and weeks before a tax study group formed...Read more »
The Village of Freeport doesn’t have to continue representing former Freeport Mayor William Glacken and other officials after they refused to sign a settlement in a long-running lawsuit involving developer Gary Melius, New York’s top court ruled Tuesday.
Melius has settled one lawsuit that claimed the village tried to seize his Brooklyn Water Works property through a deed scheme. The village...Read more »
People in the school communities -- parents, teachers, administrators -- sound as fed up with testing burdens as businesses and individuals are with tax burdens.
This story in Newsday from last week is a good illustration.
Maybe some tweaks or adjustments in the state approach will make a difference. Maybe it's all growing pains, as Core Curriculum fans will tell you. But we're coming...Read more »
Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson -- who spent $100 million on campaigns in the last election -- is promising to bring big bucks in his fight against Internet gambling, and he set up an interesting intraparty and intrastate battle with his choice for a spokesman.
Former New York Gov. George Pataki, the last Republican to hold that seat, will be one of three people to speak out against...Read more »
Before the Nov. 5 election gets too small in the rear-view mirror, a few notes:
Notably, Democrat Howard Weitzman ran more strongly in his unsuccessful comeback bid for Nassau comptroller, against winner George Maragos, than did Thomas Suozzi in his rematch against Edward Mangano for county executive.
Weitzman’s election-night tally was 124,172 votes (47 percent) versus Suozzi’s 111,884...Read more »