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GOP spends $1.5 million on three swing Island seats

Republican candidates spent more than $1.5 million over the past three months to try to win three seats on Long Island that are considered essential to controlling the state Senate, far outpacing Democrats, records show.

In their bid to defend swing seats in Nassau and Suffolk counties, state- and county-level Republican fundraising committees are stepping on the gas pedal. Records show they...

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Nassau Democrats accuse GOP of bending rules for Venditto

Michael Venditto, Republican candidate for the State Senate

(Credit: James Escher)

Nassau Democratic lawmakers Wednesday complained that the Republican-controlled county legislature did not put next year’s proposed $2.9 billion budget before the Finance Committee as a way to protect State Senate candidate Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massadequa) from voting on the spending plan that would raise property taxes by more than 3 percent.

“This is obviously an attempt...

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Astorino: Cuomo should block 'shenanigans' in Nassau Senate race

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is weighing in on a now-controversial state Senate election in Nassau County, saying Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo shouldn’t allow Democrats to manipulate election laws to remove a “disgraced” candidate from the ballot.

The issue involved Democrat David Denenberg, who withdrew from the race after accusations that he defrauded a legal client. Denenberg...

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Dem leader postpones Denenberg fundraiser in wake of accusations

State Senate candidate Dave Denenberg, a Democrat, on

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

A top state Democrat has put the brakes on raising money for Senate candidate David Denenberg after his law firm accused him of fraud.

Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) said Tuesday she will postpone  a Denenberg fundraising trip that had been previously scheduled. Earlier Tuesday, Denenberg's former law sued him, claiming he had billed $2 million in fictitious...

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Timing and cost of Mangano flier in question

Nassau residents this month received this four-page full-color

(Credit: Nassau County)

A recent county mailer might be considered ill-timed, as well as an inappropriate use of taxpayer money.

Nassau residents this month received a four-page full-color flier in the mail with the headline “County Executive Ed Mangano and the Republican majority froze county taxes 5 consecutive years,” over a small headshot of Mangano.

“My administration knows that taxes are too high!” begins...

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Speed camera misinformation used in campaign

Political campaigns constantly misrepresent candidates' records or, in some cases, omit pertinent facts.

Consider a Facebook attack on Nassau Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who is running against fellow legislator Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) for the State Senate seat vacated by Charles Fuschillo, a Merrick Republican.

The latest headline in a Facebook page called “The Real Dave...

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