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Lillian Roberts retiring as executive director of DC 37

Lillian Roberts, the 86-year-old executive director of New York City's largest public-employee organization, District Council 37 of AFSCME, has announced her retirement.

The union's statement just in:

Today, DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts announced her retirement ending 60 years of service to the labor movement having served 13 of those years as head of District Council 37...

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Schumer endorses Haber for State Senate seat against Martins

Adam Haber, an East Hills businessman, is challenging

(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has endorsed Democrat Adam Haber in his bid to unseat Republican State Sen. Jack Martins for New York’s 7th Senate District.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Schumer said: "Adam Haber will make an excellent State Senator. Nassau residents can count on him to fight for their interests in Albany, from passing the Women's Equality Act and strengthening schools to...

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If elected, Moss says he'll convene anti-heroin summit first month on the job

   The Republican candidate for lieutenant governor said Wednesday the first thing he’d do if elected is convene an anti-heroin summit to battle its spread in New York.

  Christopher Moss, the Chemung County sheriff who is running with GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, said he’d hold the confab within his first 30 days in office.

  Moss, a 26-year law-enforcement...

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High-court pick: Group urges Cuomo retire Judge Graffeo

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has a nomination for the state Court of Appeals coming up — a selection that's legally overdue — and faces the question of whether to reappoint Judge Victoria Graffeo, a Republican first selected by ex-Gov. George Pataki.

With the deadline for the pick having passed last week under the state’s legal time line — but no penalty prescribed if it's waived — the Human Rights...

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Liberal candidate for guv offers fresh, big-picture proposal

ALBANY — Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins on Wednesday offered one of the freshest —  and probably most comprehensive — proposal in the race.

The liberal candidate who registered a surprising 9 percent in Wednesday’s Quinnipiac University poll said New York is the most segregated state in the nation according to housing and school statistics. The way he would address that...

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Cahill lands 2nd business endorsement in AG race

ALBANY -- The Business Council of New York State on Wednesday endorsed Republican John Cahill for attorney general over incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman.

“This election matters to business, and we are pleased to be making our first ever endorsement for the office of attorney general,” said Heather C. Briccetti, president and CEO of statewide business group.

It was one of the few...

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Cuomo promises 6,000 miles of high-speed broadband upstate

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo promised Wednesday to install 6,000 miles of fiber-optic cable upstate to expand broadband access, if he’s reelected.

Cuomo, a Democrat, also nabbed the endorsement of the Business Council of New York State. The lobby said it was applauding the governor’s record over the last four years rather than rejecting Republican candidate Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.


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20th A.D.: S.I. Rep's criminal defense cites ex-prosecutor Kaminsky

Todd Kaminsky, Democratic candidate for New York State

(Credit: James Escher)

Rep. Michael Grimm, the Staten Island Republican who's running for re-election next month while under indictment, is pushing the defense that he’s been selectively and politically prosecuted. With his trial set for Dec. 1 on federal tax, mail and wire-fraud charges, one of his lawyers’ arguments focuses on Todd Kaminsky, a Long Beach lawyer who worked on the Grimm case while an assistant U.S. Attorney.


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4th CD: Blakeman's new ad goes after Rice for 'priorities'

The congressional candidates in New York's 4th Congressional

(Credit: James Escher, Mike Stobe)

Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman’s latest campaign ad takes aim at his Democratic opponent, Kathleen Rice, for highlighting texting while driving as a critical issue in her first television spot.

Blakeman’s new ad, titled “Priorities,” attempts to contrast Rice’s ad focusing on traffic safety with his focus on national security and job creation through “cutting taxes and regulation.”


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Poll shows Cuomo with 20-point lead over Astorino

ALBANY — A poll released Wednesday found Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo had a 20-point lead over Republican Rob Astorino in the race for governor.

The Quinnipiac University Poll shows a 51-31 percent lead among likely voters for the incumbent governor over Astorino. Howie Hawkins, the liberal Green Party candidate, had 8 percent. Another 8 percent were undecided.

“It ain’t over til it’s over,...

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