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Yancey Roy

The campaign year's third petition period looms on LI

Local party committee members, who in frigid March had to knock on doors to get signatures for contenders on congressional ballots and are now getting petitions for State Senate and Assembly races, will be back on the street for a third time next month.

In a last-minute bill, the State Legislature created 25 new Family Court judgeships statewide — one each for Nassau and Suffolk County. But...

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Suffolk: GOP's Kennedy rips merged-department move

Vanessa Pugh, who had been deputy commissioner in Suffolk’s economic development department, has moved up to become the chief deputy in the merged office of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs, where she is making nearly $26,000 a year more than her fired predecessor.

Pugh replaces Robert Meguin, who was axed in April from his $105,653-a-year job. Pugh moved into the post June 9, but her...

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Brookhaven warns Anthony Senft on illegal sign posting in 3rd Senate District race

Councilman Anthony Senft addresses the community during an

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Republican State Senate candidate Anthony Senft, the Islip town board member already up to his ears with the town’s dumping mess, is now under fire from Brookhaven for putting illegal campaign lawn signs along local roads.

Town Attorney Annette Eaderesto sent Senft a June 16 letter, warning him the town code, revised earlier this year, bars all signs, including political signs, from being...

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For Suffolk comptroller: Gaughran urges LaValle to back merger

Suffolk’s Democratic comptroller candidate James Gaughran says he backs the merger of the treasurer's office under that of the comptroller, and last week wrote to Republican contender John Jay LaValle asking if they can join together on the issue.

“Consolidating government and improving efficiency are not partisan issues,” said Gaughran, adding: “You and I have an opportunity to join together...

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1st C.D.: Trump on the stump for Zeldin

Donald Trump with, from left, Miss Teen USA

(Credit: AP / Jonathan Bachman)

George Demos may have ex-Gov. George Pataki and ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. But State Sen. Lee Zeldin has “The Donald.”

Citizens United Political Victory fund said Donald Trump would be doing a robo-call to 50,000 voters for Zeldin’s GOP congressional primary bid in these, the campaign’s closing days.

In the call, Trump calls Zeldin “a terrific guy,” and there’s “nobody better, very conservative...

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1st C.D.: Ex-campaign manager registers at Cox family summer home

It looks like state Sen. Lee Zeldin is trying to get out every last vote he can get.

Bradley C. White, who was campaign manager for Chris Cox's congressional bid four years ago, has registered as a voter at the address of the Cox family summer manse in Westhampton Beach, so he can vote in Tuesday’s GOP primary.

Cox’s father, state GOP leader Edward Cox, has endorsed Zeldin (R-Shirley)...

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NY gives final legislative approval of medical marijuana

A marijuana plant in Uruguay on Monday, April

(Credit: Getty Images / Pablo Porciuncula)

ALBANY -- The State Legislature's 2014 session began with tax cuts and ended with a vote Friday to legalize marijuana for medical use.

The Senate gave final legislative approval for a system of dispensing medical marijuana under strict controls of the process "from seed to sale," with tougher criminal penalties for physicians, patients and manufacturers who abuse the law. Key among the restrictions...

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How LI senators voted on medical marijuana

The state Senate gave final passage Friday to a bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes , 49-10. Below is how the Long Island Senate delegation voted. (Click here to see how the Assembly voted.)

NassauKemp Hannon (R-Garden City) ….N.Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) …Y.Jack Martins (R-Mineola) …Y.Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) ..Y.

SuffolkPhil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) …Y.John Flanagan...

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4th C.D.: Rice nets more large labor endorsements

Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice greets commuters at the

(Credit: Uli Seit)

With the primary only days away, Kathleen Rice’s Congressional campaign continues to stockpile endorsements from influential labor unions.

Rice, the Democratic Nassau district attorney, is seeking to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) in the 4th District. She’ll face County Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, of Freeport, on Tuesday.

Rice, who has raised more...

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6 LI Republican Assembly members change stance on medical marijuana

A marijuana plant in Uruguay on Monday, April

(Credit: Getty Images / Pablo Porciuncula)

Just before 3 a.m. Friday, the state Assembly voted, 117-13, to approve a bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes with tight restrictions. Back on May 27, 36 Assembly members opposed a broader medical marijuana program.

Six of those who switched their vote were Long Island Republicans: Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook), Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville), Al Graf (R-Holbrook), David McDonough...

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