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Former board member Joe Fritz spoke out Thursday night at the Brentwood school board meeting opposing the idea of Legis.-elect Monica Martinez working both as a county lawmaker and keeping her job an assistant principal.
Fritz, an attorney, also spoke out at the legislature’s ways and means committee Thursday saying that dual role was “inappropriate” because her work for the district would...Read more »
County Executive Steve Bellone, who already expanded the county residency law to allow hiring from Nassau County, is looking to expand it further, to New York City.
Jon Schneider, deputy county executive, said the administration’s aim is to hire from Suffolk first, but in those “rare instances” where the “best and brightest” cannot be found from within Suffolk, it wants he flexibility to look...Read more »
A bill naming Arthur Cliff, former president of the Suffolk Superior Officers Association, as a trustee of Suffolk County Community College has gone to the county legislature for a vote.
Cliff, 71, of Sayville, if approved, would replace lawyer Saul Fenchel who stepped down without explanation in August with a year left on his term.
In addition to his police career and union work, Cliff...Read more »
Suffolk lawmakers are looking to waive the normal six-month waiting period and name the north complex of county buildings in Hauppauge after late Presiding Officer William Lindsay, who died in September after a record eight-year tenure as a legislative leader.
The legislature’s site committee is set to meet Monday and the measure, sponsored by Legis. William Spencer and Kara Hahn and co-sponsored...Read more »
Earlier this week, Newsday published a story reporting that since 2006, Nassau police investigators have found every police-involved shooting to be justified.
While the story garnered significant attention in legislative and legal circles, the county’s top official said he didn't read it.
“I have not read the story,” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said in an interview Wednesday....Read more »
[UPDATED below with Skelos sending similar message to Republicans]
Using a special commission to investigate state legislators to achieve a political goal is “an abuse of process,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said in an e-mail to lawmakers Friday.
Although Silver (D-Manhattan), didn’t specifically criticize Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, he made clear he thinks the governor’s Moreland Commission...Read more »
The Court of Appeals, New York state’s highest court, on Thursday denied a motion by the Baldwin School District to throw out an appeal by Nassau County of a ruling that it must continue to pay all property tax refunds.
Ronaldl J. Rosenberg, a Garden City attorney who represents the county, said the court unanimously denied the motion.
Acting County Attorney...Read more »
Nassau Police Benevolent Association president James Carver has handily won a third term as head of the county’s largest law enforcement union.
Carver received 77 percent of the ballots from PBA members this week, compared to 23 percent by his opponent, Thomas O’Reilly, a trustee at the Seventh Precinct in Seaford.
“This is happening in the midst of a three-year long wage freeze,” said...Read more »
It was a big win this week for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman when JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay $13 billion to resolve federal and state claims regarding the selling of risky, mortgage-backed securities, the housing bubble and the financial collapse of 2008.
Recall that while federal officials and other attorneys general were pressing for a “global” settlement in 2011 with some of...Read more »
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Wednesday a panel appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislators are negotiating responses to subpoenas.
Cuomo’s “Commission to Investigate Public Corruption,” informally known as the Moreland Commission, subpoenaed lawmakers earlier this year to get information about outside sources of income. Lawmakers declined, saying they’ve already complied...Read more »