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ALBANY -- A night shift truck driver on Wednesday announced his candidacy as the Green Party candidate for governor by calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Howie Hawkins of Syracuse announced his latest candidacy for governor on a platform of a “New Green Deal” aimed at helping the working poor. The platform is based on President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal during the Great Depression.
Hawkins...Read more »
Both Republican contenders in the First Congressional District filed petitions Tuesday to wage a GOP primary June 24 for the right to challenge Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in November.
George Demos, a former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer, filed 4,482 signatures to qualify for the ballot, while state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), the GOP’s congressional designee, filed about...Read more »
Nassau's Off-Track Betting Corp. is casting a wider net in its efforts to purchase property to construct a mini-casino with 1,000 electronic slot machines.
Tuesday, OTB released a Request for Statements of Interest, soliciting commercial property owners who would be interested in selling their land to the agency.
OTB officials plan to equip the new facility with at least 1,000 video...Read more »
Nassau Comptroller George Maragos did not attend Monday’s special legislative meeting in which county lawmakers were asked to approve union agreements that would lift a three-year wage freeze even though he issued an analysis of the deals a week earlier.
Usually, on items expected to have a large impact on county finances, the county administration presents its view, the comptroller gives...Read more »
ALBANY -- If Mark Twain was right that no one’s “life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session,” then New Yorkers are safe this spring break from Albany.
The Senate last met on the night of March 31, congratulating each other for passing a fourth on-time budget. They aren’t due back in session until at least April 23.
That includes calling off the April 1-2...Read more »
Republican-backed candidates Bruce Blakeman and Grant Lally have filed petitions to get on the ballot for what are expected to be GOP primaries.
Blakeman, former Nassau legislative presiding officer, filed nominating petitions with 15,304 signatures, far more than the 1,250 required in the 4th Congressional District, where he seeking the seat held by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), who...Read more »
ALBANY -- State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Monday he will not participate in New York's new system of public financing of campaigns, which he doesn't consider true reform and which a good-government advocate called a "sham."
"The pilot program for public financing of the comptroller election is a poor excuse to avoid the real reforms New Yorkers deserve," DiNapoli said. "I was always...Read more »
The Association for a Better Long Island is calling on Adrienne Esposito, an environmentalist running for the State Senate, to resign as a member of the Suffolk County Planning Commission.
“You cannot have an individual running for public office that's part of a commission that makes public policy decisions related to land use,“ said Desmond Ryan, executive director of the group, which lobbies...Read more »
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says medical marijuana has 'no future' this session, then seeks to clarify
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver appeared to throw cold water Monday on the prospects of the State Legislature legalizing medical marijuana; though an aide later said the speaker wasn't implying the issue was dead but was focusing on the State Senate’s inaction.
Silver (D-Manhattan) and the Democrat-dominated Assembly support medical marijuana but indicated its prospects weren’t great because...Read more »
ALBANY – The Cuomo administration has hired a new company to help get superstorm Sandy rebuilding grants to New Yorkers, a state official confirmed Monday.
IEM, a North Carolina-based security consulting firm will supplant ProSource Technologies of Minneapolis as the case manager for thousands of state residents looking for rebuilding aid. IEM will take over April 21 with a 15-month,...Read more »