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Rep. Carolyn McCarthy donates to Democratic colleagues

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 $260k 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 $188k 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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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.

(Credit: AP)

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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