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Wealthy donors boost Cuomo's re-election campaign

One of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's wealthy donors is

(Credit: Steve Friedman)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is relying on fat wallets to fund his re-election campaign: nearly half of the money he’s raised has come from donors who gave $40,000 or more, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

In contrast, Republican Rob Astorino, who trails badly in the money chase, is leaning on lots of small donations.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has raised $21 million from 317 donors who...

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An eye-opening fundraising figure turns out to be a typo

After the outsized fundraising of his political club brought him scrutiny from his own party earlier this year, it briefly appeared that Rob Walker, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s chief deputy, was at it again.

His Hicksville Republican Committee this week filed its fundraising report for the first half of 2014, and the numbers within raised many eyebrows. Though the committee only reported...

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Congress: Bishop far ahead of Zeldin in fundraising

Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) has a significant lead in the money race over his GOP challenger, State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), with two months to go before the campaigns kick into high gear for the Nov. 4 election.

Bishop, who is seeking his seventh term in the East End district, reported having $1.1 million in the bank at end of June, much more than Zeldin's $136,359, according to their...

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Croci to run for State Senate

Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci on July 8,

(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Islip Supervisor Tom Croci Tuesday told town residents he will seek the Republican nod for the 3rd District State Senate seat, one day after Conservative Town Board member Anthony Senft dropped out.

"A seat in the State Senate was not something I sought, but when called upon, I believe we must all serve," said Croci, 42, of Sayville, in an email released after Tuesday's town board meeting....

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Nassau legislator clashes with rival, and his leader

Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) and David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who are running against each other for the State Senate seat vacated by Charles Fuschillo, had their first public debate several weeks ago during a Planning Committee meeting about a bill intended to revive a dormant water resources advisory board.

Venditto, who chairs the committee, said the board was needed...

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Congress: Bishop raises $525k, has $1.1 million in bank

Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) today said he raised a record $525,000 in the second quarter of this year, giving him $1.1 million in cash as he looks to stave off his Republican challenger, State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), in the Nov. 4 election.

Neither Bishop, the six-term congressman in the East End district, nor Zeldin, the victor in an expensive GOP primary on June 20, had filed their...

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Senate reports $5 million in campaign coffers, but below 2012 pace

The New York Senate Chamber at the Capitol

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

Republicans said Tuesday they have raised $3.7 million in the last six months to defend their hold on the state Senate.

GOP spokesman Scott Reif said the Senate Republican conference will report having “nearly $5 million” in its main campaign accounts when it files with the state Board of Elections. That will be slightly less than the $5.4 million Senate Republicans had in hand in July 2012.

Senate...

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Cahill says he's raised $1M in campaign for attorney general

John Cahill, Republican candidate for state attorney general

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

Republican John Cahill said Tuesday he has raised more than $1 million in his campaign to unseat Democrat Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Cahill touted the accomplishment in a letter to supporters – though he will still significantly trail Schneiderman in the money chase.

“What makes reaching this important milestone even more incredible is that we accomplished this in less than...

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LI congressmen 'disappointed' at breakdown in MTA-LIRR union talks

After pointedly telling MTA chairman Thomas Prendergast in Washington last week that no one should count on Congress to intervene in the deadlocked contract talks with LIRR unions, key members of the Long Island congressional delegation today bemoaned the lack of any negotiating with four days to go to the strike deadline.

Reps. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), Pete King (R-Seaford) and Tim Bishop...

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Cuomo: LIRR strike wouldn't be a disaster

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said July 15, 2014, that

(Credit: Trish Hennessy)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday a Long Island Rail Road strike would be inconvenient but not a disaster.

The Democrat governor, who is up for re-election this year, said he still isn’t sure if he’ll get personally involved in the contract stalemate between LIRR unions and the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Cuomo sought to distance himself from the issue a bit, saying it...

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