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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

(Credit: Bryan Smith)

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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1st C.D.: Randy Altschuler, twice GOP loser, moves to heavily Democratic turf

Randy Altschuler now lives in Columbia County, Md.,

(Credit: James Carbone, 2011)

Republican Randy Altschuler, who twice lost races for Congress, has moved to a county in Maryland where Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly three to one.

Altschuler sold his $1.1 million, six-bedroom, six-bathroom St. James home on Sept. 25 for $70,000 less than he paid for it and moved to a $1.8 million house in the tony community of Potomac, according to Zwillow, a real estate website.


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FEC fines Gillibrand campaign over erroneous filings

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign committee corrected bookkeeping discrepancies.

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The campaign committee of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was fined $8,000 last month for sloppy bookkeeping that resulted in under-reporting of nearly $230,000 in disbursements and $12,124 in receipts during her 2010 and 2012 campaigns, the Federal Election Commission said Friday.

The conciliation agreement said Gillibrand's committee brought the problem to...

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4th C.D.: Rivals slam Rice on state probe; DA decries 'mud' sling

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice displayed a “lack of leadership” as a co-chair of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission, which was tasked with investigating public corruption, her likely Democratic congressional opponent charged Friday. Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), who plans to run a Democratic primary against Rice to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy in...

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