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