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Two recent polls show Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s broad political appeal dipping, especially upstate.
Last week, a Siena College survey found that just 42 percent of upstate residents said they would vote for Cuomo in 2014, compared with 52 percent who preferred “someone else.”
A few days later, Marist College reported that 39 percent upstate said they would back Cuomo; 33 percent said they...Read more »
It doesn’t look like Tracey Bellone will become a Suffolk parks trustee after all.
A resolution that would have changed the qualifications for park trustees, qualifying her to become a board member, was defeated in the county Legislature last week.
The name of Bellone, Babylon’s deputy parks commissioner and the wife of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, initially had...Read more »
In another careful response about 2016, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday he’s not talking about running for president and not waiting to see if Hillary Clinton runs.
On the Capitol Pressroom, a public radio program where the governor is a frequent guest, Cuomo first said “no” when asked if he has decided not to run for president in 2016 if Clinton were to run.
But the governor went on...Read more »
[From the weekly "Cuomo Watch" feature]
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo tapped the brakes on his "women's agenda" when he said he couldn't move forward without a consensus among advocates about the items to include.
Read: the abortion-rights issue.
Most of the Democrat's 10-point agenda, which includes toughening laws against domestic violence and human trafficking, has...Read more »
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan came to the State Capitol Friday to announce a rollout of $1.73 billion in aid New York is slated to receive for superstorm Sandy recovery. It's one of the initial blocks of aid package that will eventually total around $30 billion.
Donovan, joined Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), was expected to approve...Read more »
Nassau County Executive candidate Adam Haber has released a two-minute Web video in which he introduces himself to voters and lays out his campaign agenda before the November elections.
In the video, Haber, a Roslyn School Board member and retired Wall Street futures trader, paints himself as a political outsider who can solve Nassau’s most vexing problems.
“He's not a politician...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo used a question about struggling municipalities Thursday to renew his pitch for capping binding arbitration awards to police and fire departments.
Cuomo first proposed the idea in his State of the State address in January -- a 2 percent limit on raises provided through arbitration. The Legislature didn’t adopt the proposal as part of the state budget in March.
But...Read more »
In the wake of recent political corruption scandals, some Republican state legislators on Wednesday proposed giving voters to the power to recall elected officials.
“Recall elections demonstrate the will of the people and provide for a swift, decisive remedy when corruption rears its ugly head,” Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) said.
Under his proposal, 20 percent...Read more »
Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) wants to ban "killer couches." And, no, he's not talking about great looking sofas.
Sweeney, chairman of the Assembly Environmental Committee, says “killer couches” contain flame retardant chemicals that are linked to numerous health risks without providing “any practical safety benefit.” He said flame-retardant chemicals are...Read more »
It seemed at first that Nassau Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves had decided to end the furious bickering between Republicans and Democrats at Monday’s legislative meeting by simply shutting off lawmakers' microphones.
As Democrats Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, of Glen Cove, and David Denenberg, of Merrick, pressed for legislative hearings on superstorm Sandy spending, both their microphones...Read more »