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ALBANY -- State Senate Republicans are joining Assembly Democrats in opposition to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s property tax freeze plan, which would require local governments and schools to cut spending, merge or consolidate.
Emerging from a one-hour closed-door session Thursday, Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) and Sen. Thomas Libous (R-Binghamton) said the governor’s complicated plan to...Read more »
Westchester County Executive and likely Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a featured guest speaker Friday night at a Nassau GOP “Inaugural Ball,” honoring last year’s reelection of County Executive Edward Mangano.
The annual $500-per-plate fundraiser at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury is hosted by the Nassau County Republican Committee and is closed to the press,...Read more »
ALBANY -- The state Assembly's Democratic majority Wednesday gave its critical support to cut a "temporary" state utility tax paid by families and businesses which had been extended to balance state budgets.
The Assembly will propose an end to the Temporary State Energy and Utility Service Conservation Assessment, known as "18a" for its provision in law. The tax is next scheduled to expire...Read more »
ALBANY — New York's state budget process was off to a rocky start this week as the Senate's bipartisan majority stalled when it came to putting dollars to priorities that divide the coalition.
The Senate's Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference, which shares majority control of the chamber, struggled to agree on a combined budget proposal. Sticking points include the proposed...Read more »
Brookhaven’s Republican Receiver of Taxes Louis Marcoccia has become the first person to formally declare as a candidate for Suffolk comptroller, even though the job may go out of existence by the year’s end.
Marcoccia, 64, of East Setauket, disclosed his candidacy in letters Tuesday to Brookhaven GOP chairman Jesse Garcia and Suffolk Republican chairman John Jay LaValle. Several other...Read more »
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio oversaw his first disaster – the East Harlem building explosions – surrounded by agency chiefs held over from the Bloomberg administration.
De Blasio, who is still filling jobs 71 days into his mayoralty, has kept most of Mike Bloomberg's emergency-response team -- on an interim basis, at least -- including the FDNY's Sal Cassano, the Office of Emergency...Read more »
A Hempstead schools advocate said Wednesday that she would seek Conservative Party support for a 4th Congressional District bid.
Caprice Rines, 46, a retired insurance claims adjuster, said she’s joining the already crowded field looking to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy because she hasn't seen a candidate who can relate to all segments of the diverse Nassau district.
"We have everyone...Read more »
From the strange-bedfellows department, perhaps, comes Conservative Party chairman Michael Long's reaction to the story by Celeste Hadrick Wednesday reporting that Jay Jacobs, Nassau Democratic chairman, has called on politicians from both major parties to reject the Independence Party nomination, thus denying it automatic ballot status.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who would most likely get the...Read more »
ALBANY -- The Assembly’s Democratic majority said its proposal to legalize marijuana for medical use would bring in $65.89 million in tax revenue.
The Assembly Democrats’ state budget proposal would also require patients to carry special identification cards to show they are certified to carry marijuana, which is illegal in New York.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said...Read more »
With budget negotiations set to advance today, the politically split state Senate is divided over whether to include any campaign-finance proposals in its one-house budget, several sources said.
That’s because, in part, Senate co-leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and his breakaway Democrats who share power with Republicans are under pressure from the left to support election-law changes. But Republicans...Read more »