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Dean Skelos slams 'tax the rich mantra,' hails Langone, Koch Bros.

As the budget wraps up, Senate co-leader Dean

(Credit: Philip Kamrass)

While Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was defending criticism from the political left that he went too far in helping corporations and banks in the budget, Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) was embracing it, in a sense.

Skelos, in his closing remarks on the Senate floor last week, criticized the “tax the rich mantra.” He said he was glad Home Depot founder Ken Langone was successful enough...

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Suffolk GOP judge choices could pose risk for sitting Democrat

Republicans plan to nominate Islip District Court Judge Philip Goglas for county court judge along with Brookhaven town board member Tim Mazzei, according to high-level party sources. That could put at major risk incumbent Democratic County Court Judge Barbara Kahn of Lloyd Harbor, who is up for re-election.

Kahn won her county court judgeship a decade ago in a cross-endorsement deal that...

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Suffolk OTB deal: Bellone tried to hike revenue late in the game

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone made a last-ditch attempt to get extra revenue out of casino developer Delaware North in a closed-door meeting late last month, well after Suffolk OTB officials had finalized the contract, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

Bellone, the sources say, went so far as to say he personally did not favor gambling, but then he pressed the developer...

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From FDR shucking corn to de Blasio taking oath, Ickes was there

For veteran Democratic lawyer-lobbyist-consultant Harold M. Ickes, a former aide to ex-President Bill Clinton, the political and governmental involvement marches on.

For one thing Ickes, 74, is advising the super PAC "Ready for Hillary," in preparation for another possibleHillary Clinton presidential campaign in two years.

"We have roughly 2 million people with whom we can communicate,"...

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Nassau GOP: Walker fealty vow placates Mondello for now

Rob Walker, chief deputy for County Executive Edward Mangano as well as the Hicksville West GOP executive leader, took the floor at a leaders' meeting Thursday and publicly pledged his loyalty to Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello and the county committee.

The impassioned speech, which drew applause, came after Mondello gave Walker a second chance to remain one of his 73 executive...

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D’Amato’s firm fastest growing lobbyist in NY

Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato on Jan. 2,

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

ALBANY -- Former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato's Park Strategies firm grew faster than any other lobbying company in New York last year, according to a state report released Thursday.

The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics said Park grew by 61.9 percent. The firm also rose to fourth among lobbying for total compensation, at $6.4 million. That's a jump from eighth place in 2012, when Park Strategies...

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Pre-K prep presentation puts Silver and de Blasio at podium

Who needs universal pre-K classes?

Apparently not State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), the powerful lawmaker who's been touting government-funded pre-kindergarten since 1996.

“I didn’t have the benefit of pre-K when I was growing up, but somehow I succeeded — I think,” Silver deadpanned.

“I think you did,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, standing with the speaker in...

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Mangano continues to raise funds

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, seen in his

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is barely into the first year of his second four-year term but he’s still fund-raising.

Tonight, his new County Attorney Carnell Foskey and his acting Parks Commissioner Brian Nugent are hosting a $150 a plate fundraiser at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, a frequent Republican gathering place, on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square.

Tickets...

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4th C.D.: Abrahams picks up his first labor endorsement

Nassau County Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams has secured the first union endorsement of his congressional campaign.

Abrahams (D-Freeport) announced Thursday that he’s being backed by the Plumbers Union Local 200, which represents about 1,000 members on Long Island.

“In order for Nassau County to become an ideal suburb again, we must continue to build our infrastructure and...

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Report: NY state budget spends $377M per day

ALBANY -- New York’s state budget adopted Monday is spending public money at a rate of more than $15 million every hour, according to the Empire Center for New York State Policy.

The fiscally conservative think tank has set up a spinning “spend-o-meter" based on the new state budget. The device shows the $137.9 billion budget adopted Monday spends $4,373 per second adding up to $377.8...

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