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Paul LaRocco

Paul LaRocco joined Newsday in November 2010, covering the Town of Oyster Bay, City of Glen Cove and the nearby incorporated villages. In the fall of 2011, he began writing about Suffolk County government and politics. Before coming to Newsday, LaRocco worked as a reporter at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., and The Record-Journal in Meriden, Conn.

In Brooklyn court, Teachout lawyer saw something, said something

One of the final witnesses in the lawsuit challenging Zephyr Rain Teachout’s bid for a spot on the Democratic primary ballot for governor was the 42-year-old Fordham law professor’s mother.

For Mary Miles Teachout, a judge in Vermont, Zephyr is the second of five adult children.

Once called into the courtroom, Mary Teachout dropped her purse on the front row of spectator benches and...

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Cuomo, Dems spend $2.7 million on TV ads since Moreland controversy broke

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the state Democratic

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the state Democratic Party have spent $2.7 million on television ads and $100,000 on polls since a controversy over a now-shuttered anti-corruption commission erupted.

Cuomo, a Democrat who is up for re-election this fall, has spent a total of $3.2 million in the last 24 days, according to campaign-finance statements filed Friday with the state Board of Elections....

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Retiring Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg to receive tribute

FILE: Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), left, joined

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ALBANY — Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) will be honored Tuesday for his decades of service to the disabled.

Weisenberg is retiring from the Assembly at the end of the year after serving since 1989.

The event in Melville will include the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, the Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, NYSARC and the Alliance of Long...

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C.D. 4: Handicapper now sees seat as "safe" to remain Democratic

A handicapper of Congressional races has shifted its classification of the 4th District battle between Democrat Kathleen Rice and Republican Bruce Blakeman from a “likely” to “safe” Democratic victory.

The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics published a report Thursday on its “Sabato’s Crystal Ball” blog that looked at House Republicans’ goal to gain a net of 11 seats during the midterm...

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Question of overkill arises in pro-Cuomo drive to snuff Teachout challenge

For this first-time election candidate, it was high-powered partisan pressure, New York-style.

A lawsuit aimed at crushing law professor Zephyr Rain Teachout’s bid to wage even the most long shot of Democratic primary challenges against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo gave way to a guided tour of her adult life as Teachout testified for several hours Thursday in a Brooklyn courtroom.

She faced...

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New GOP spending group ready to jump in governor's race

Rescue New York Inc., an outside spending group

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An outside spending group with ties to national Republicans intends to oppose Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and aid Republican Rob Astorino during the final months of the campaign.

Rescue New York Inc. recently registered as a campaign committee with the state Board of Elections, though it hasn’t reported any spending activity. A board spokesman said the group’s registration form states: “Support Astorino/Oppose...

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Hillary Clinton writes foreword for Gillibrand book

Hillary Clinton signs copies of her book "Hard

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Hillary Clinton has written a three-page foreword to "Off the Sidelines," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's first book due out on Sept. 9. And by doing so, Clinton may have guaranteed that Gillibrand -- her successor as junior Democratic senator from New York -- will actually sell enough copies to actually make some money.According to Maggie Haberman at Politico, Clinton praised Gillibrand as...

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Martins, Haber campaigns spar over 'women's agenda' (UPDATED)

Sparring over a package of bills called the “women’s agenda” continued Thursday, as Republicans released an ad Thursday criticizing Democrat Senate candidate Adam Haber’s stance. The Haber campaign called the ad a “cynical” distortion.

The ad, paid for by the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, knocks Haber for calling for the Legislature to pass all 10 bills in the package -- including...

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Rep. Israel breaks with White House on criticism of Israeli shelling

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) in a CNN interview from Israel today broke with the White House and State Department over their criticism of the Israeli shelling that led to deaths of Palestinian civilians near United Nations shelters in Gaza.

The congressman delivered his defense of Israel from Tel Aviv, where he is leading a nine-member congressional delegation on a trip paid for by the...

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Cuomo signs law requiring coaches to report abuse

ALBANY _ New York now requires coaches to report child abuse in a new law prompted by the abuse scandal involving Penn State’s football program.

The bill passed by the State Legislature this year and signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo adds school coaches to a long list of “mandated reporters” including teachers, physicians, social workers and school guidance counselors.

The...

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