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Cuomo taps Andrew Spano for Board of Elections

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Monday appointed Andrew Spano,

(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Monday appointed Andrew Spano, who lost the Westchester County executive's office to Cuomo's Republican opponent, to the state Board of Elections.

As county executive, Spano's top deputy was Lawrence Schwartz, who is now Cuomo's chief of staff. The New York City suburbs from Westchester through Long Island are expected to be a major battleground in this year's...

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Independence Day fireworks shift to Brooklyn reflects Kings-centric trend

The Macy's fireworks will shift this year.

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Today’s announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio that the July Fourth Macy’s fireworks show would return to the East River, and even feature new launchings off the Brooklyn Bridge, had an obvious Brooklyn subtext.

De Blasio lives there, the first mayor in a generation to live in Brooklyn as an adult.

Other elected officials squinted in the very warm sun beside him on the Brooklyn Heights...

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Corruption commission co-chair slams Legislature, says Cuomo was partner in successful effort

ALBANY _ The co-chairman of the now disbanded Moreland Commission on corruption chided lawmakers Monday for refusing to voluntarily disclose  “what it is they do to earn lucrative outside income.”

That was “not an unreasonable request of a person purportedly entrusted with serving the public good,” said William Fitzpatrick, the Onondaga County district attorney and co-chairman appointed...

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Some Democrats write that Cuomo is in trouble this time

ALBANY -- Some Democrats aren’t allowing one of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s toughest weeks in office to fade away.

Longtime Democratic consultant Blake Zeff wrote Monday in Capital New York that, “This time, Andrew Cuomo may be in some trouble.” He referred to last week’s stinging criticism of Cuomo from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. The  governor had abruptly shuttered his anti-corruption...

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In smacking Cuomo panel's demise, Bharara gains more notice

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara occupies a widely-watched post

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Last week's verbal smack at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for agreeing to disband a state anti-corruption commission could resound for some time.

Predecessors of Bharara have used the high-powered post in the Southern District of New York to launch historic elected careers, namely ex-Gov. Thomas Dewey, ex-Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and ex-Mayor Rudy...

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Rep. King to tour post-Boston Marathon bombing shootout site

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said he'll get a personal tour on Wednesday, the day after the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, led by Watertown, Mass., Police Chief Edward Deveau, of the site of the shootout with police and capture of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

King will then go to speak about terrorism at a Harvard seminar led by Ed Davis, who retired...

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Nassau judge tosses out Cuomo salary cap for nonprofits

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made a splash in January 2012 when he announced a cap on executive salaries at nonprofit organizations that provide services to the state.

Two years later, a Supreme Court judge in Nassau County threw out Cuomo’s salary-cap regulations. Judge Thomas Feinman agreed with claims by Nassau-based Agencies for Children’s Therapy Services Inc. that the administration overstepped...

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3rd A.D.: GOP leader calls assemblyman 'deadbeat Ed'

Brookhaven GOP chairman Jesse Garcia, left, last year

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Brookhaven Republican chairman Jesse Garcia, left in photo, lashed out at Democratic Assemb. Edward Hennessey last week as “deadbeat Ed,” saying the state lawmaker has failed to pay $15,000 in property taxes on his law office building in the last three years.

“It’s disgraceful,” said Garcia, “ Ed Hennessey has spent the past year supporting unfunded mandates that drive up our property taxes...

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NYSUT plans to demonstrate at Suffolk dinner featuring Cuomo

Long Island public school members of New York State United Teachers are planning a protest when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo headlines the Suffolk Democratic dinner April 28.

Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, confirmed last week that union officials informed the party they will not be taking a $3,000 table as originally planned for the fundraiser at Villa Lombardi in Holbrook.


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1st C.D.: How Zeldin balked at 'blindly' endorsing Ryan budget

Sen. Zeldin, seeking a House seat, said last

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State Sen. Lee Zeldin would not embrace Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan last week when asked about it in a telephone town hall meeting two days before the House vote.

“I’m not prepared to blindly endorse any type of a budget proposal right out of the gate before I have the opportunity to read it,” said the Shirley Republican who is looking to challenge Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).


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