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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.
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...Read more »
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....Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »