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Assembly to review complaints against Katz

Westchester County Assemb. Steve Katz (R-Mohegan Lake) was

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A legislative ethics committee has been asked to investigate the conduct of a Republican assemblyman who in mid-March was charged with marijuana possession after being stopped for speeding on the State Thruway, Assemb. Charles Lavine said Thursday.

But the Assembly Ethics Committee will wait for the outcome of the current legal proceeding against Assemb. Steve Katz (R-Mohegan Lake) before...

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NY top court: Amazon must apply state sales taxes

An Amazon.com team member loads boxes of fulfilled

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Ruling against Internet giants Amazon.com and Overstock.com, New York’s top court said Thursday that out-of-state companies must collect state sales tax on web transactions with New Yorkers.

Amazon and Overstock had challenged a 2008 law that required Internet vendors to collect state sales taxes on sales to New York residents, claiming it violated federal commerce laws and their constitutional...

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GOP mayoral candidate: End of Giuliani tenure 'wasn't pretty'

George and Harriet McDonald developed the Doe Fund.

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George McDonald, seeking to become the Republican candidate for New York City mayor, was asked yesterday if he might support former deputy mayor Joseph Lhota should his own bid fail.

This was McDonald's reply: "I remember what it was like at the end of the Giuliani administration and it wasn't pretty. So we can romanticize it all we want and say we want to go back to those 'good old days'...

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Suozzi looking for summer interns for county executive campaign

Tom Suozzi, Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive,

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Tom Suozzi is looking for interns to spend the spring and summer helping him campaign for Nassau County executive.

Suozzi, a former county executive seeking his old office, posted a notice on his social media accounts seeking applicants for spring and summer internships.

"The campaign is looking for interns to assist with field, finance, communications, research, data, and...

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Lawyer presses term limits case in Suffolk

While the state Appellate Division has ruled against him twice, attorney Bruce Plesser has not given up on getting client Peter Nichols a chance to appeal a State Supreme Court decision that threw out term limits for Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota and two other countywide officials.

Plesser has sent a letter to the Suffolk County attorney’s office asking that the county as a “matter...

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Glossy Bellone mailing touts first-year accomplishments

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone sent out a mailing during the weekend telling voters about the great job he did during his first year in office.

The four-page, color mailing features five photographs of the county executive, trumpeting itself as “important information” from Bellone. In a reprise of his recent state of the county message, Bellone says he’s made “government smaller” and...

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Rep. Israel hauls in a reported $325G at fundraiser

More than 500 attended a Rep. Steve Israel

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A fundraiser last week for Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) was reported to have drawn mor than 550 people to the Carlyle on the Green in Farmingdale. Organizers said a total of $325,000 was raised with a single top donation of $5,200.

Legis. Steve Stern (D-Huntington) introduced him. Stern reportedly said the congressman had been offered the opportunity to go on Air Force One with President...

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State, eyeing fraud, will require re-registration for school-tax break

New York will require homeowners to re-register for the “STAR” property-tax rebate in an effort to crack down on fraud.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lawmakers have inserted the requirement into the 2013-14 state budget that they intend to enact this week. The initiative comes after the Cuomo administration and a state comptroller's audit found some homeowners were receiving improper...

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Teacher evaluation plans will roll over -- new law prevents lapses

A new budget, set to be enacted the

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School districts effectively would never be without a teacher-evaluation plan, under a provision tucked into the new state budget.

The budget, set to be enacted this week, dictates that school districts’ teacher-evaluation plans would roll over each year unless renegotiated. If district officials and teachers’ unions can’t reach a new agreement, the old one stays in effect.

The change...

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Suffolk resident's bid to challenge term-limit ruling blocked on appeal

The Appellate Divison in Brooklyn last week denied an effort by a backer of Suffolk’s term limit law to appeal a lower court decision that threw out the restriction for District Attorney Thomas Spota and two other countywide elected officials.   The appellate court, in a one line ruling, rejected Peter Nichols' effort to intervene in the case where state Supreme Court Justice Ralph Gazzillo...

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