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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.

Poll shows Cuomo with 20-point lead over Astorino

ALBANY — A poll released Wednesday found Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo had a 20-point lead over Republican Rob Astorino in the race for governor.

The Quinnipiac University Poll shows a 51-31 percent lead among likely voters for the incumbent governor over Astorino. Howie Hawkins, the liberal Green Party candidate, had 8 percent. Another 8 percent were undecided.

“It ain’t over til it’s over,...

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Schneiderman, Cahill to debate in tightening AG race

ALBANY -- The closest statewide race in New York will finally get a debate.

Democrat Eric Schneiderman will debate Republican John Cahill on Oct. 30. in a TV event to be telecast statewide on Time Warner Cable, the company announced Wednesday.

There will be a live audience at the debate at Hilbert College in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg.

Cahill, the challenger, has sought several...

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Vecchio, like Mangano, crosses aisle to endorse Cuomo

Smithtown Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio on Feb.y 10,

(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Patrick Vecchio, the longtime Smithtown supervisor, endorsed Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, becoming the second prominent Long Island Republican to do so Tuesday.

Vecchio cited the incumbent’s work on superstorm Sandy and the statewide property-tax cap in choosing Cuomo over Republican candidate Rob Astorino.

“I am a proud Republican, and I am also proud to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

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Nassau lawmaker says 'enough' with school speed cameras

Nassau Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) on Aug. 31,

(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) says she has had it with the county’s school speed camera program.

Jacobs said she has constituents who have received four to ten $80 tickets from the program that catches drivers on camera speeding through school zones. The county is counting on receiving  $30 million annually from the program that is outraging motorists. To collect that kind of revenue,...

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Haber out with his second TV ad of Senate campaign

Democratic challenger Adam Haber, left, and State Sen.

(Credit: James Escher)

Democratic State Senate candidate Adam Haber has released his second television ad of the election cycle -- a 30-second spot that features seven women criticizing the record of his Republican opponent, State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola).

The ad continues a theme of Haber’s campaign, citing Martins opposition to the 10-point Women’s Equality Act, which passed the Assembly but stalled in the...

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Upstate business group endorses Cahill for AG

John Cahill, Republican candidate for state attorney general,

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ALBANY — The business group Unshackle Upstate has endorsed Republican candidate for attorney general John Cahill in the group’s first endorsement of a statewide candidate.

Cahill, a former top aide to Gov. George Pataki, faces Democratic Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

The business group supports drilling for natural gas upstate as a way to turn around the long depressed economy...

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Port Jefferson Station teachers endorse Green Party candidate for governor

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor,

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

A Long Island teachers’ union local unit that has been critical of Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has endorsed the Green Party candidate for governor.

The Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association will back Howie Hawkins, according to his campaign.

The local union has criticized the controversial Common Core academic standards and tests, which Cuomo backs, and endorsed liberal critic...

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Firefighters union endorses Rice for Congress

The congressional candidates in New York's 4th Congressional

(Credit: James Escher; Mike Stobe)

A labor union representing 25,000 active and retired firefighters across New York City and Long Island endorsed Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice for the 4th Congressional District seat against her Republican opponent Bruce Blakeman.

The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York endorsed Rice, who is running to replace outgoing Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), citing...

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Critic complains about Hempstead pay hikes for GOP leader

Felix Procacci on May 28, 2013 in Carle

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

Felix Procacci, a registered Republican who ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat last year against Republican Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, is complaining about double pay increase planned for First Deputy Town Clerk Phil Guarnieri, who is the Republican executive leader of Floral Park.

The Republican-controlled  Hempstead Town board last week approved a $2,000 annual pay hike for Guarnieri,...

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Mangano endorses Cuomo

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Nassau County Executive

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

ALBANY -- Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, a Republican, has endorsed Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for re-election.

The endorsement has long been expected. Cuomo and Mangano have worked together on several initiatives including funding for recovery from superstorm Sandy.

“When Sandy hit, he stood shoulder to shoulder with us, day and night, and then went to Washington and got...

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