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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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Reso. filed to put late Lindsay's daughter on SCCC board

A resolution to name the daughter of late Presiding Officer William Lindsay to the Suffolk County Community College board of trustees was filed last week at the Suffolk Legislature.

Denise Lindsay Sullivan, an assistant superintendent at the Hampton Bay School District, would get a seven-year term, succeeding Arthur Cliff, who decided not to seek a new term after being named last December...

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Suffolk: A smaller legislature for efficiency's sake?

Freshman Suffolk Legis. William J. Lindsay III is looking to pare the size of the county legislature, according to county sources.

Lindsay (D-Bohemia), author of the most recent merger of the comptroller's and treasurer's office, has not put a number on how small he would make the 18-member body, but his aim is to cut costs and make the legislature more efficient, according to the sources....

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Suffolk: Bellone mulls seeking to abolish sheriff job; DeMarco responds

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is seriously exploring the idea of eliminating the elected job of sheriff and putting the county jail and corrections operations under an appointed commissioner who would be responsible to him, several county sources said.

Bellone first raised the idea quietly last year but recently renewed talks and even considered putting the issue before voters in...

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L.I. Congressional delegation on break: Both home and away

Five weeks -- that’s how long Congress is out for the August recess. But Long Island’s congressional lawmakers swear they’ll be working by meeting with constituents and local leaders. It is an election year, after all, but some get to travel: Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) has an eight-day trip to Israel (referring to the House, Rep. Israel said, “I’m going from one war zone to the other”).

Rep....

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Cuomo campaign will pay for Moreland attorney

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center left, is

(Credit: AP / Frank Eltman)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will use campaign funds to pay a criminal defense lawyer to represent the governor’s office in the Moreland Commission probe, an aide said Friday.

On Thursday, well-known criminal defense lawyer Elkan Abramowitz confirmed he was retained “a while ago” to represent the Cuomo administration as U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara threatened to widen an investigation into the governor’s...

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Schneiderman tight-lipped on Moreland probe

State Attorney General T. Eric Schneiderman, who is

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman remained tight-lipped Friday about a federal prosecutors’ look into a state anti-corruption commission – other than to say he, unlike Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, hasn’t hired an outside attorney to represent him in the matter.

Schneiderman, a Democrat like Cuomo, was in Schenectady to tout his “land bank” program that invests money the state received from a...

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