Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics

Cuomo: LIRR strike wouldn't be a disaster

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said July 15, 2014, that

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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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Schumer disputes claim he coached Lazio vs. Hillary Clinton

Onetime U.S. Senate candidate, Rick Lazio, is claiming

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In 2000, Sen. Charles Schumer so feared being upstaged by Hillary Clinton that he coached her GOP opponent for senator from New York, Rick Lazio.

That's the claim of Lazio, according to a new anti-Clinton book to be published July 22 -- and Schumer denies it.

Lazio has not responded to an email query.

The book is "Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine,...

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3rd S.D.: Senft packing it in as GOP strives to retain Zeldin seat

Councilman Anthony Senft addresses the community during an

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As widely expected in recent weeks, Islip GOP Town Councilman Anthony Senft, one of those saddled with the Brentwood park dumping scandal, has withdrawn from the state Senate race to succeed Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who's been nominated to challenge Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in November.

Senate Republican efforts to keep the seat may include putting town supervisor Tom Croci on the ballot...

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Astorino raises $3.4 million so far, $2.4 million on hand

Rob Astorino, Republican challenger for New York State

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Monday he raised $3.4 million since declaring his candidacy, and has $2.4 million in the bank heading into the heart of the campaign season.

Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to announce Tuesday that he has $40 million to $50 million stockpiled.

Candidates for statewide and state legislative offices must submit their fund-raising...

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Influential Niagara senator will step down; says it's unrelated to federal probe

Another veteran Republican senator has said he won’t run for re-election.

Sen. George Maziarz (R-Niagara) made the decision amid a federal probe of his campaign funds, The Buffalo News reported Sunday.

Maziarz, a 20-year Senate veteran, is one of the most influential upstate lawmakers, playing a big role within the GOP ranks and serving, at times, as an ally of Democrat Gov. Andrew M....

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Nearly halfway into final term, Obama draws Democratic heat

AFT President Randi Weingarten addressed reporters last week

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President Barack Obama's incumbency is showing clear signs of wear and tear as constituent groups within his own Democratic Party grow bolder in criticizing various White House policies.

On Friday, New Yorker Randi Weingarten, the American Federation of Teachers president and Democratic National Committee member, stood before her organization's convention in Los Angeles and said, "We are deeply...

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Schumer: Of course House would shun LIRR involvement

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on July 10, 2014.

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After Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had it publicly demonstrated that Congress wouldn’t act in the Long Island Rail Road labor dispute, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer told NY1 News: “You didn’t need to be a PhD in political science to know that the House of Representatives would never help New York out of a strike situation.”

From that channel, here's Bob Hardt's take.

And contract talks are expected...

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Albany: Primary challenge could free Cuomo to spend more

Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout on June

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo could face a Fordham University professor in a Democratic primary — and benefit financially in one important way.

Zephyr Teachout, who says Cuomo favors corporations and the wealthy, said she has submitted 45,000 petition signatures to qualify for a gubernatorial primary, more than three times the minimum required. The Cuomo campaign hasn’t said yet if it will challenge...

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3rd SD: Fritz fan challenges Esposito's petitions for Dem line

Adrienne Esposito on March 19, 2014.

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A backer of Democratic State Senate contender Joseph Fritz has filed general objections over Adrienne Esposito’s nominating petitions, the first step toward trying to disqualify her from the ballot.

Rafaela Vazquez, fiance of former Suffolk Legis. Rick Montano, mailed the challenge application late last week and specifically requested copies of Esposito’s party authorization to run on the...

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6th AD: Mata takes aim at fellow Democrat Ramos, again

He-e-e-e’s back.

Giovanni Mata, one-time chair of former County Executive Steve Levy’s Hispanic advisory committee, has filed petitions to run a Democratic primary for a second time against Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood), a 12-year Albany veteran.

Mata, 34, filed by mail 590 signatures with the Suffolk Board of Elections, which arrived at the Yaphank offices Friday. Mata, of Brentwood,...

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