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Celeste Hadrick

Early warning: Key questions might go unanswered Tuesday

Political junkies might find some of the instant gratification they seek in short supply after the polls close Tuesday night.

On the national scene, the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance. There's talk of nine decisive races, some of them in time zones where polls close later than in New York. In Louisiana, there is the possibility of a runoff election. So the many moving parts that determine...

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Poll sites, voter-guide lookup available online from League of Women Voters

Voter information is available for tomorrow’s election at the website vote411.org, the League of Women Voters announced.

By typing in an address and ZIP code, a voter can find out who’s on the ballot, the location of the polling place, how to get there, and biographical information about candidates, including judges, as well as ballot-proposal descriptions and general information about registration...

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Cuomo's minor-party setup: Heads he wins, tails someone else loses

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks on Nov. 1, 2014,

(Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)

Many pundits have treated this election for New York governor as a snore. But in at least one murky way, the campaign became like none other in recent memory.

It takes a bit of explanation to get at just how unusual this is -- and why the adrenaline is running in certain circles.

The top player in the dominant Democratic Party, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, has engaged in open discord in the...

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At Suffolk fete, Schaffer smoothes over a Schumer gaffe

Sen. Charles Schumer formally endorsed Democrat James Gaughran for Suffolk comptroller Tuesday, but later in the day caused a collective gasp and nervous laughs at the $350-a-head Suffolk Democratic dinner when he talked about the race.

According to a various sources at Villa Lombardi’s fundraiser in Holbrook, Schumer said, “I understand why [county executive] Steve Bellone is backing Jim...

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8th Senate District: Nassau GOP sends Venditto additional cash

The Nassau Republican Committee gave county lawmaker Michael Venditto’s (R-Massapequa) State Senate campaign last-minute funding of $50,000 last week against his on-again, off-again Democratic foe, Legis. David Denenberg.

The party filed a 24-hour notice report Oct. 28 on the spending with the state Board of Elections.

The move comes as some civic backers have tried to revive Denenberg’s...

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Bill Clinton robocalls for DiNapoli

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on March 14,

(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

ALBANY — President Bill Clinton will be making robocalls to homes statewide on Sunday endorsing state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The recorded phone calls will begin Sunday in areas across the state for DiNapoli, of Great Neck Plaza, as he seeks reelection against Republican Bob Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.

“Hello this is President Bill Clinton,” the call begins. “I’m...

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4th CD: Blakeman loans his campaign another $90,000

In his bid to win the 4th Congressional District seat, Republican businessman Bruce Blakeman loaned his campaign another $90,000 this week, bringing the total to $1.015 million, according to his filings with the Federal Election Commission.Blakeman reported making his campaign a loan of $50,000 on Wednesday and $40,000 yesterday. Blakeman, a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature,...

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On the lighter side: Cuomo does a 'Jimmy' while Stringer hails 'Mario'

Like “Jimmy,” a notable character from a mid-1990s episode of “Seinfeld,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was referring to himself in the third person. At a rally last week with Bill Clinton, Cuomo fired up union supporters by rattling off the victories he said they helped him secure — and one he hopes they’ll help him secure on Tuesday.

“You elected Andrew Cuomo, attorney general! And you elected Andrew...

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One-on-one AG debate brought a struggle to be heard

Last night’s state attorney general debate displayed the kind of spectacle that a one-on-one clash can provide — unlike the recent four-way format in the sole governor’s debate.

The televised exchange at Hilbert College in suburban Buffalo featured Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the Democrat, and challenger John Cahill, the Republican, repeatedly shouting over each other.


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Anyone surprised? Cuomo leads Astorino, 56-30 percent, in Marist poll

Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has a sizeable

(Credit: AP)

Going into the weekend before Election Day, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo cruises well ahead of his out-funded, out-enrolled, out-positioned underdog Republican opponent, with the Marist poll putting the incumbent at 56 percent and Astorino at 30 percent. All that was probably to be expected.

Big Cuomo spending on negative ads slamming Astorino likely has much to do with it. Says the Marist report:...

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