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Klein, Koppell say they've filed petitions for key Senate primary

Senate co-leader Jeff Klein and rival Oliver Koppell filed petitions Monday to square off in a key Democrat primary in September.

 Klein (D-Bronx) said he's filed more than 9,000 petitions signatures - three times the number needed to get on the ballot. Koppell said he's filed 5,000. The district straddles Bronx and Westchester counties.

 Candidates have to file petition signatures...

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Assembly speaker's outside salary at private law firm soars

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver attends

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

ALBANY -- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's earnings at a private law firm rose significantly in 2013, according to newly filed financial disclosures.

Silver (D-Manhattan) was paid between $650,000 and $750,000 as an attorney at Weitz and Luxenberg, a large personal injury firm in Manhattan. In 2012, Silver reported getting between $350,000 to $450,000 from the law firm.

Combined with...

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Stewart-Cousins: Democrats' reunification talks began 'weeks ago'

Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said Friday that secret negotiations to reunify Democratic factions in the state Senate began weeks ago.

The five-member Independent Democratic Conference, in a joint statement with Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, announced Wednesday that it plans to drop its affiliation with Republicans and rejoin the mainline Democrats, a move that could shift...

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Amid Senate chatter, Klein, de Blasio meet

 With elections looming, State Senate co-leader Jeff Klein met Monday with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, sparking speculation about the future of Klein’s group of breakaway Democrats.

  Klein (D-Bronx) and his five-member Independent Democratic Conference share Senate power with 29 Republicans, including Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). Klein is facing pressure...

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