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Several of the secretly taped incriminating conversations by hotel magnate Sant Singh Chatwal that led him to admit illegally funneling $180,000 in campaign contributions through straw donors took place on Long Island, court records show.
Chatwal, 70, who owns the Chatwal and Dreams hotels and Bombay Palace restaurants, is a major Democratic donor and a big supporter...Read more »
Nassau’s Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation has extended the deadline for bidders interested in selling their property to the agency to construct a mini-casino with 1,000 electronic slot machines
Property owners will now have until May 30 to respond to a Request for Statements of Interest issued by Nassau OTB earlier this month, soliciting commercial property owners who would be interested...Read more »
ALBANY - Stephanie Miner tells Newsday she is resigning as chairwoman of the state Democratic Party.
The Syracuse Mayor said her decision has nothing to do with her disagreements with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Miner says that she feels she had a successful two-year run as co-chairwoman of the state party. She says it is now time for her to step aside and for the party to move on.
Miner famously...Read more »
Nassau’s presiding officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) says it is too soon to call a meeting of the county legislature’s Budget Review Committee to examine dropping sales tax revenues.
In a letter Thursday to Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), Gonsalves said “No real trend can be determined until at least the middle of May” in regard to county sales taxes.
Abrahams had...Read more »
The National Republican Congressional Committee said Thursday that 4th District hopeful Bruce Blakeman has qualified for the first stage of its program that highlights and promotes priority candidates.
Blakeman, of Long Beach, a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, is running to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola). He has the backing of the county...Read more »
Businessman Adam Haber, the Democratic candidate in the 7th Senate district, was endorsed Thursday by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 -- his first union endorsement of the campaign.
Haber, who last year lost a Democratic primary for Nassau County executive, is challenging Republican Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) in November.
“As I fight to make state government...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »