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C.D.3: Steve Israel airs first TV ad of campaign (Video below)

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) who is facing a challenge from Republican attorney Grant Lally for New York’s 3rd Congressional District,  released his first TV ad of the election season on Monday.

In a 30-second spot, set to air on local cable channels, Israel takes the wheel of a car and says “the middle class isn’t looking for a free ride, it’s just looking for a fair shot.”

“We’ve...

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C.D.3: Israel slams Lally over ties to Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) took aim Monday at GOP opponent Grant Lally’s ties to Gov. Rick Perry, as the Texas Republican faces abuse of power charges.

Israel’s campaign released a YouTube video where Lally touts to the audience at a Republican primary forum that he served as New York vice-chair for Perry’s 2012 Republican presidential bid.

“I think he’s done a great job down in...

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Rep. Pete King, NY Dem Chair David Paterson to go to Israel next week

Rep. Peter King said today that he and former New York Gov. David Paterson next week will join the stream of American politicians going to Israel to show solidarity against Hamas.

King, the Seaford Republican, and Paterson, chairman of the New York State Democratic Party, will fly out Sunday night and return next Thursday, King said.

During the 50 hours they will actually be in Israel,...

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Rep. Israel breaks with White House on criticism of Israeli shelling

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) in a CNN interview from Israel today broke with the White House and State Department over their criticism of the Israeli shelling that led to deaths of Palestinian civilians near United Nations shelters in Gaza.

The congressman delivered his defense of Israel from Tel Aviv, where he is leading a nine-member congressional delegation on a trip paid for by the...

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Congress: Zeldin says he would vote for U.S. House to sue Obama

State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), the Republican candidate running against Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), said he would have voted to authorize House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to sue President Barack Obama for overreaching.But Zeldin is the only Republican congressional challenger on Long Island to say how he would have voted yesterday, when Republicans approved the authorization in a largely...

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C.D.3: Labate drops recount effort, concedes to Lally in GOP primary

The 3rd Congressional District race between incumbent Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Republican Mineola attorney Grant Lally can start in earnest now that GOP candidate Stephen Labate has withdrawn from the race.

On Monday, Labate a Deer Park financial planner, who lost to Lally by 11 votes in the June 24 primary, announced he was withdrawing from the race, and dropping previously announced...

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1st C.D.: Bishop gets a little help from his friends

Rep. Bishop's campaign is due to benefit from

(Credit: Tom Brune)

For the third time in a row, Rep. Tim Bishop faces a tough re-election race this year, but he's  lucky – he’s got friends in high places.

Other Democrats in Congress have contributed $121,800 to him either from their own campaign funds or from their leadership PACs, records show.

That puts him in the top 10 recipients of these funds among House Democrats running for re-election,...

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