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Robert Brodsky

Robert Brodsky has been a reporter at Newsday since April 2011, covering Nassau County government and politics. Prior to that, he spent four years in Washington, D.C. at Government Executive, a magazine and Web site focused on the business side of the federal government. Brodsky has also worked for the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C. investigative Web site.

Cuomo: I haven't been asked to speak to federal prosecutors

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on July 28, 2014,

(Credit: AP / Gary Wiepert)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday he hasn’t been asked to speak to federal prosecutors looking into a now-disbanded anticorruption panel.

"No, I’ve not. But I’ve told all my people anything he wants to know, everybody should cooperate,” Cuomo said after a news conference in Canandaigua.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has taken over the cases launched by a Cuomo-appointed panel widely referred...

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Astorino says Cuomo administration once tried to put words in his mouth

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, left, delivers

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ALBANY — Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino said Tuesday that the Cuomo administration once provided glowing quotes for Astorino, the Westchester County executive, to use as his own statements at a Cuomo press event.

“They did that with us a few years back on the Tappan Zee Bridge” replacement project, Astorino told WGDJ-AM in Albany. “They basically released the quotes and we...

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In L.I.-based lobbying news, Malito affiliates with Gerstman

Veteran lobbyist Bob Malito has joined with lawyer and politico Brad Gerstman in the firm now known as Gerstman Schwartz & Malito, its principals have announced. That entity is associated with Gotham Government Relations & Communications in Garden City and Manhattan.

Attorney Laura Dilimetin also has joined the firm, it was announced.

Until 2012, Malito was associated with the...

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State budget gets a $4.2 B surplus; now, how to spend it?

ALBANY -- Court settlements with banks and insurance companies have brought state government an unexpected $4.2 billion so far this fiscal year, a report released Monday showed.

Now Albany is getting down to the business of deciding how to spend it.

The court settlements were the result of major investigations involving Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Superintendent of Financial...

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Pataki ‘disappointed’ in GOP for not backing Astorino (update)

Former New York Gov. George Pataki, a Republican,

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

(Updates with comment from the Republican National Committee.)

ALBANY -- Former Gov. George Pataki said Monday that he’s disappointed with the Republican Governors Association for not backing GOP governor candidate Rob Astorino in his attempt to repeat Pataki’s 1994 upset.

“To me, it’s disappointing so many Republicans, for whatever reason, sat it out,” Pataki said Monday in an interview.

Astorino...

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Suffolk man bids UN push charges in brothers' deaths in Serbia

Fatose Bytyqi, center, speaks about the unresolved killings

(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Fatose Bytyqi of Hampton Bays has taken his quest for justice for the 1999 execution-style slaying in Serbia of his three brothers, all U.S. citizens, to the United Nations.

Last week, attorneys for the Bytyqi family filed a complaint with two human rights arms of the United Nations to ratchet up pressure on Serbia to investigate and prosecute former officials they allege ordered, or failed...

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Cuomo's defense lawyer in Moreland Commission probe also a LIPA trustee

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reached out to a known entity when his administration hired a criminal defense lawyer to represent it in a probe regarding the governor's anti-corruption commission.

The Cuomo administration hired Elkan Abramowitz. He also serves as a trustee to the Long Island Power Authority, appointed by Cuomo in 2013....

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'Poor doors,' anti-Fascism, and Bill de Blasio's NYC 'otherness'

The prevailing theme of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's public life seems to be otherness.

Perhaps it was no accident that he chose the well-worn message "A Tale of Two Cities" when he campaigned for the job last year, just as an earlier mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer once identified himself with the "Other New York" and ex-Gov. Mario Cuomo gave the same tale-of-two-cities title to...

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4th C.D.: Blakeman, Rice in new exchange over her Moreland role

Kathleen Rice at a meeting of the Moreland

(Credit: Office of the Governor)

Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice’s campaign issued a statement Sunday rejecting her Republican opponent’s claims that she “hand picked” an email released to The New York Times involving her work on the troubled Moreland Commission on Public Corruption.

“In her role as a contributor to the integrity of the federal probe, Ms. Rice has not and will not be releasing such information...

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Albany watchdogs whack ballot proposal language as opaque

Watchdogs accuse the state Board of Elections of yet again using biased language to describe a state ballot proposition.

A year ago, the board approved rosy wording to describe a proposal to legalize casinos, wording that said gambling will create jobs and help schools.

This time, it’s about a referendum on creating a redistricting commission for the State Legislature. The New York Public...

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