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Robert Brodsky

Robert Brodsky has been a reporter at Newsday since April 2011, covering Nassau County government and politics. Prior to that, he spent four years in Washington, D.C. at Government Executive, a magazine and Web site focused on the business side of the federal government. Brodsky has also worked for the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C. investigative Web site.

Cuomo appoints panel to examine youth sentencing system

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday named 16 members to a panel that will examine the state’s juvenile sentencing system and will make recommendations on raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.

In his State of the State address in January,  Cuomo pledged to convene a committee that would review the state’s juvenile justice laws, following years of efforts from advocacy...

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4th C.D.: Rice submits her petitions for Democratic line

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice on Thursday filed her petitions to qualify for the June Democratic primary ballot in the 4th Congressional District.

Rice, who is seeking to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), submitted 5,711 signatures to the county Board of Elections for the Democratic line, and 118 signatures to appear as the Working Families Party candidate.

At least...

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Prosecutor won't rule out investigating Cuomo over Moreland Commission

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, seen here delivering his

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

A federal attorney on Thursday wouldn’t rule out investigating whether Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo or his aides improperly intervened with activities undertaken by the governor’s recently shuttered anti-corruption commission.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, in a radio interview, questioned the disbanding of Cuomo’s Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, informally known as the Moreland Commission,...

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Cuomo says health commish is resigning over pay, not fracking pressure

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is blaming low government salaries for the departure of his health commissioner who has been pressured for years over his lack of a recommendation on whether New York should allow drilling for natural gas.

Cuomo told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle editorial board on Thursday that Dr. Nirav Shah’s departure is because “salaries are a real problem...

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Astorino criticizes Cuomo on abortion clinics, fracking

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino speaks at the

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ALBANY -- Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino Wednesday called for the resignation of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomos health commissioner based on reports that some abortion clinics haven't been inspected in years.

Astorino said state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah also should be replaced because he has done the "political bidding" of Cuomo by delaying a recommendation on gas drilling for...

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DiNapoli's a guest, and Cuomo a piñata, in WFP teleconference

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli opposes the

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Without being present, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo became something of a piñata during a town-hall style teleconference call hosted Wednesday night by the Working Families Party in which the organization’s officials from around the state took part.

Cuomo ran in 2010 with WFP support but that is far from assured this time out after the party, which made comprehensive public campaign financing an acid...

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For NYC mayor, next 100 days bring 1000 challenges

New York City voters knew before they elected Mayor Bill de Blasio that his resume was long on messaging and short on managing.

So it is worth noting that the next 100 days will say more about de Blasio's ability to command a massive organization for the first time than did the first 100 days, which he marks Thursday.

With a crucial Albany budget settled, attention swings to the workings...

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1st C.D.: Bishop files his petitions for Democratic line

Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) has filed 3,447 signatures on petitions with the Suffolk Board of Elections to qualify for the Democratic ballot line in November.

Bishop., who needed 1,250 valid signatures to qualify, filed his petitions for the Independence and Working Families Parties on Monday. State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), the GOP designated candidate, and Republican...

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Green Party candidate for NY governor calls for $15-an-hour minimum wage

Howie Hawkins is the Green Party candidate for

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ALBANY -- A night shift truck driver on Wednesday announced his candidacy as the Green Party candidate for governor by calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

Howie Hawkins of Syracuse announced his latest candidacy for governor on a platform of a “New Green Deal” aimed at helping the working poor. The platform is based on President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal during the Great Depression.


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More petition filings in LI congressional races

Both Republican contenders in the First Congressional District filed petitions Tuesday to wage a GOP primary June 24 for the right to challenge Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in November.

George Demos, a former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer, filed 4,482 signatures to qualify for the ballot, while state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), the GOP’s congressional designee, filed about...

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