Spin Cycle

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Poll: Cuomo's standing solid, but down a bit

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Feb. 12.

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ALBANY -- Although Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo remains in a solid position in the latest poll, he's taken a rare slide since January in this re-election year.

Monday's Siena College poll showed the Democrat's favorability rating was 57 percent, down from 66 percent in January; 45 percent of voters now rate his job performance as good or excellent compared to 54 percent in January, and 50 percent...

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4th CD: Rice picks up endorsements of onetime contenders

Malverne Village Mayor Patricia Norris-McDonald, who had mulled running for Congress in the 4th district, is now endorsing the campaign of Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

Norris-McDonald, a Democrat, announced her backing Tuesday in a statement released by Rice’s campaign. She called Rice, a Garden City Democrat, “exactly the type of tough, smart leader we need fighting for us...

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Poll shows Cuomo is having a tough year, but still solid

ALBANY -- The latest poll shows that although Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo remains in a solid position to face re-election, he’s taken a rare slide among New Yorkers since January.

The Siena College poll on Tuesday showed the Democrat’s favorability rating at 57 percent, from 66 percent in January; 45 percent of voters rated his job performance as good or excellent compared to 54 percent in January;...

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Assembly hires firm for $80G to help address sexual harassment

ALBANY -- The public’s tab is still running for sexual harassment scandals in the State Assembly.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Monday said he approved  the technical aspects of an $80,000 contract to an investigative firm hired by the Assembly’s Ethics Committee. The contract is with Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP for investigations to provide expertise on sexual harassment/retaliation...

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In public landscape, LIPA lives -- if in lesser ways

LIPA remains part of the power scene.

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

The Long Island Power Authority has yet to vanish.

True, its role is sharply diminished by a new state law enacted last year. Yes, it has officially become subordinate in key ways to PSEG Long Island, now the Island's electricity operator, as part of what policymakers call a "hybrid" privatization.

Just the same, the pared-down LIPA, under new management, keeps cropping up in Nassau...

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4th CD: Rice war chest gets boost from Yankees, Mets execs

Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice, the Nassau district attorney, is covering all her bases when it comes to support from New York’s pro baseball teams.

Out of $1.47 million in campaign contributions collected through March, Rice received $2,600 from Yankees president Randy Levine and $4,000 from Sterling Equities, the Great Neck firm run by Mets executives Fred Wilpon, his son, Jeff Wilpon,...

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In governor race, Astorino gives it a pitch en Español

Top of the Nov. ballot is likely to

(Credit: AP/ Mike Groll)

Republicans expected to be at the top of the party’s ticket this fall have signaled that they pushing to woo Hispanic voters, a road the party hasn’t traveled much since the days of ex-Gov. George “Jorge” Pataki.

  Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, earlier this year, addressed a Bronx crowd in Spanish during his kickoff announcement and attended Somos el Futuro, the annual gathering...

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8th SD: Nassau Dem chair says he won't pu$h Denenberg bid

Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs says he is withholding his personal support and fundraising for Legis. David Denenberg’s bid for State Senate because of the Merrick Democrat’s recent vote in favor of an amended police contract when the party position was to abstain.

The party will continue its support of Denenberg’s effort to win the South Shore Senate seat vacated by Republican Charles...

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Dem ex-mayor had cross-party lift for $190G Garden City post

Reps. King and Israel helped push ex-Glen Cove

(Credit: James Escher)

Former Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi, a registered Democrat, had some high- powered references when he was hired last month to be the $190,000-a-year village administrator for Republican-controlled Garden City.

Not only did Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) recommend Suozzi but so did a conservative Republican, Rep. Peter King of Seaford.

“I am pleased to give former Glen Cove City...

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Top Suffolk Dem hopes for cross-party deal on judgeship

The state has created 20 new family court judgeships and Suffolk Democratic Chairman Richard Schaffer hopes at least one new judicial seat in the county might pave the way to save County Court Judge Barbara Kahn.

Republicans and Conservatives are eyeing Brookhaven Town Board member Tim Mazzei and District Court Judge Philip Goglas for County Court, but Schaffer hopes that the new Family Court...

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