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A state judge has rejected a Republican claim that Assemb. Edward Hennessey (D-Shirley) doesn't actually live in the 3rd Assembly District, likely setting up an election rematch with Dean Murray.
State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Pitts ruled that Hennessey has a legal residence in Smith Point, dismissing Republican claims that the Democrat lives in East Moriches, outside the 3rd Assembly...Read more »
(Updates with statement by DiNapoli campaign.)
ALBANY -- Republican candidate for state comptroller Robert Antonacci on Wednesday hit the traditional targets for challengers -- Albany corruption and waste -- but said he has a rare skill set to take them on.
“I have the professional credentials to get into certain aspects of any issue, being a CPA and an attorney,” said Antonacci, the...Read more »
Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman continued Wednesday to pressure his Democratic opponent Kathleen Rice to detail her time as co-chair of a shuttered state anti-corruption commission — this time raising previous political contributions to Rice from members of a law firm the commission investigated.
Blakeman, a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature,...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
(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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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....Read more »