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ALBANY -- Prosecutors have charged a Valley Stream insurance executive with multiple counts of money laundering, grand larceny and conspiracy in connection with an alleged kickback scandal involving the influential former leader of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.
Joseph Ross, a principal of Century Coverage Corp., benefitted by more than $1 million in the bribery scheme, according...Read more »
You could say Anthony Giordano was one of the first to know that the great Mariano Rivera wouldn’t make his name as a starting pitcher.
Or you could say that Giordano just didn’t know Rivera – dismissing the New York Yankees’ just-retired, future-Hall-of-Fame closer in favor of a career minor leaguer.
Either way, Giordano, a former pro baseball agent and now candidate for Suffolk’s...Read more »
As issues lobbying and campaign-finance issues continue to simmer at the state Capitol, two watchdogs now are questioning whether pro-Cuomo ads funded by the state Democratic Party violate the lobbying law.
The party has bankrolled recent ads that tell New Yorkers to urge their legislators to support parts of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's agenda, including a package of ethics laws and a proposal...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed a bill Thursday that would have ordered the MTA to hold more hearings before raising fares and another measure that would have placed public transportation funds in a figurative “lock box” that couldn’t be tapped for other government functions.
Cuomo said the measures were unnecessary and restrictive, but supporters said his decisions would hurt millions of New...Read more »
The “Talking Transition” project, organized to coincide with the Bloomberg-to-de Blasio changeover in New York City, is clearly designed to appropriate a bit of the Occupy Wall Street flavor that sprang up just two autumns ago — with its “tent” and its all-invited, bring-your-own agenda motif set in lower Manhattan.
But let’s not convince ourselves this "happening" holds the same...Read more »
Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli showed his successor, Parks Commissioner Carnell Foskey, around the county attorney offices on the second floor of One West Street in Mineola Wednesday morning before issuing a goodbye letter to his staff.
“It is . . . time for me to bring the curtain down on my tenure as county attorney,” wrote Ciampoli. “I will be moving on to new challenges.”
Ciampoli,...Read more »
Fresh off a decisive re-election victory, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his chief Deputy Rob Walker are considering reshuffling the leadership in various Nassau departments.
Speculation has County Attorney John Ciampoli, who's served as state elections lawyer for Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), on his way out -- with Parks Commissioner Carnell Foskey,...Read more »
[From Monday's "Cuomo Watch" column]
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo didn’t travel to San Juan, P.R., last weekend to attend Somos el Futuro, the gathering of Hispanic New York state and city legislators that is held annually the weekend after Election Day.
This was the first time since being elected governor that Cuomo hasn’t attended. (The event was canceled in 2012 because of Hurricane...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed Tuesday that the state has a $21 million contract with a recruitment firm to hire people for his administration.
Cuomo tried to downplay the contract during a radio interview, saying that $21 million was the maximum that Datrose, a Rochester company, could receive over the life of the five-year pact. The company has so far received about $165,000 since the contract...Read more »
To seat or not to seat Bill Lindsay Jr. immediately -- that was the question.
County attorneys pondered the issue because the Democrat won his eighth district seat under newly reapportioned distict lines. Unsettled is whether Lindsay should take his seat at once because he would be finishing the term of his late father Presiding Officer William Lindsay, who last won under old district lines,...Read more »