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Basil A.Paterson (1926-2014)

Basil A. Paterson was a pioneer in African-American

(Credit: Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein)

ALBANY _ Basil A. Paterson, the father of former Gov. David A. Paterson and one of the pioneering lions of Harlem politics, died Wednesday night, according to a spokesman for his son.

He was 87.

"Basil was well known throughout the community as a man of action, as someone who set his mind to accomplishments and always met those goals," the former governor said in a statement. "He was...

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Suffolk's Bellone backs higher minimum wages but stops short on local rates

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone supports raising the minimum wage at the federal and state level, but balked at a labor proposal that would give local governments autonomy to raise wages during a community forum in Brentwood on Wednesday night organized by a coalition of progressive, labor and minority groups.

Bellone told about 100 people in the audience at the Brentwood Public Library...

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State court upholds SAFE Act; says there's no 'absolute' right to own a firearm

A Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, the weapon believed to

(Credit: AP)

ALBANY -- A state judge has ruled that New York's 2013 gun control law is constitutional because there is no "absolute" right to own a firearm.

The activist who lost the decision promised to appeal what he sees as a state law that infringes on the right to bear arms under the U.S. Constitution.

Acting Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara cited a civil rights law that said the U.S. Constitution's...

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State court says SAFE Act gun control law is constitutional

ALBANY -- A state court has ruled that New York’s 2013 gun control law is constitutional and not an infringement on constitutional rights.

The decision in state Supreme Court in Albany is a blow to activist Robert Schulz who argued Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s centerpiece legislation violated the right to bear arms.

Acting Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara ruled that the U.S. and state...

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Rep. Carolyn McCarthy donates to Democratic colleagues

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy during an interview in Westbury

(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) has given $100,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $12,000 to the Nassau County Democratic Party since she announced in January that she's retiring at the end of the year.

McCarthy reported the donations in her campaign finance filing with the FEC Tuesday, the first indication she is emptying her coffers as she looks to leave Congress.

While...

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13th C.D.: Rangel and Espaillat neck-and-neck in fundraising

Rep. Charles Rangel and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, battling for Rangel’s congressional seat in Manhattan and the Bronx, are neck-and-neck in fundraising, according to figures provided Tuesday by their campaigns.

Rangel, the Harlem Democrat runnng for his 23rd term in the House, raised about $272,000 in the first quarter of this year and has about $223,000 in cash-on-hand, his campaign spokesman...

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Taxes show Lt. Gov. Duffy pulled down over $260G in 2013

ALBANY -- Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy reported $191,231 in income for himself and his wife, Barbara, and another collected $70,255 in pension from his earlier career in the Rochester Police Department, where he was chief.

Duffy showed his 2013 tax return to reporters Tuesday as part of an Albany tradition for statewide officials. He doesn't collect a pension for his tenure as mayor of Rochester.

In...

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Gov. Cuomo gets $188G as first advance on his book

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has pulled down $188,333 so far, or more than his state salary, to write a book about being governor.

The fee is his first installment on his advance from HarperCollins. The advance was reported in Cuomo’s 2013 tax returns shown to reporters on Tuesday as part of an Albany tradition for statewide officials. Cuomo spokesman Matt Wing wouldn’t release how much Cuomo...

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Tax Foundation says Cuomo budget takes ‘impressive step’ on business taxes

ALBANY -- Business tax cuts in New York’s 2014-15 budget when in full effect are deep enough to improve the state’s business climate, according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation think tank.

The business tax cuts to be phased in would move New York to the fourth best business tax climate from its current ranking as 25th.

The state’s overall ranking in term of taxation would also improve...

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In NYC, PBA ad resumes long-lived 'zeroes for heroes' message

NYC PBA is launching a publicity campaign amid

(Credit: NYC PBA)

How 'bout them apples?

The NYPD's rank-and-file labor union, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, is turning up the pressure on City Hall with newspaper ads like this.

The PBA's is just one of the 150-plus expired labor contracts the de Blasio administration must settle.

The ad states in part:

Since our contract expired in 2010, NYC police officers have continued to bring...

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