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FEC draft opinion to Di Iorio: Your campaign can be reality show, but not for pay


FEC spokeswoman Judith Ingram says the FEC issued a draft of the advisory opinion, subject to a vote by the FEC commissioners, that is being made available for comment until 9 a.m. Wednesday. That correction will be noted below.

The FEC today issued a draft of an advisory opinion, subject to a FEC commissioner vote, saying that Nick Di Iorio, the Republican candidate challenging...

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LIRR pact aftermath: Old dispute, new questions

A Long Island Rail Road train pulls into

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Last week’s contract agreement averting a Long Island Rail Road strike left questions in its wake — including just how much pension and health care concessions would offset wage costs, and how New York City bus and subway workers will respond in their next contract round, having settled under different negotiating conditions for lesser wage hikes in April.

On the revenue side, that billion-dollar-plus...

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De Blasio's pick for civilian review board comes at key moment

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, now in Italy, first tapped well-known attorney Richard Emery last week as part-time chairman of the NYPD Civilian Complaint Review Board. In March, Emery and his firm announced a lawsuit against a different city entity, the Campaign Finance Board, on behalf of former mayoral candidate John Liu.

But city conflict-of-interest rules do not bar part-time board...

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Democrats dispute value of an all-GOP L.I. Senate delegation

Showing a united front -- and buttressed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's recent vow of support -- State Senate Democrats are trying to turn around the usual Republican pitch to voters that keeping all nine Long Island seats in GOP hands maximizes the clout of Nassau and Suffolk in Albany.

"If there's going to be a Democratic majority, we would want to have as many senators as possible," Suffolk...

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Surprises keep coming on Tappan Zee funding

The surprises keep coming regarding Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge.

A legislative panel last week approved the governor’s idea to help fund the project with money traditionally earmarked for drinking water and sewage projects. Just before the vote, the Cuomo administration divulged that it cut the requested amount in half, to $255 million, after environmentalists...

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Brookhaven Conservative leaders call Islip party chair's petitions 'an attack'

Brookhaven Conservative officials are miffed that Islip Conservative chairman Mike Torres circulated nominating petitions to install 20 party committee members in Brookhaven election districts.

“It’s an attack on our sovereignty,” said Brookhaven co-leader Ken Auerbach said though he declined to speculate on Torres’ motives for the move. He said town Conservatives are upset because they feel...

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3rd S.D.: Fritz files objections to Esposito candidacy

Democratic State Senate candidate Joseph Fritz filed objections at the Suffolk Board of Elections late Friday to knock his primary foe, Adrienne Esposito, off the ballot.

The objections state that Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer's authorization allowing Esposito to run on the Democratic line did not comply with party rules.

Those rules require that a special committee meet,...

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3rd S.D.: Senft raised more than $97G before dropping out

Conservative Islip Town Board member Anthony Senft dropped out of the race for the 3rd District State Senate seat last week, but his short-lived campaign raised $97,242, and he had $49,961 left at his exit.

His biggest donor was Edward Walsh’s Suffolk County Conservative Chairman's Club, which gave $35,000 to Senft’s campaign, and the State Senate Republican Campaign Committee, which provided...

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4th C.D.: Blakeman demands Rice fire staffer over 'insensitive' Twitter joke about domestic violence

Congressional candidates for New York's 4th District Kathleen

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Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman is calling for his opponent to fire a campaign staffer who had posted a joke to Twitter about domestic violence. Blakeman, who is running to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) in Nassau County’s 4th District, issued a statement late Friday that condemned the tweet by Zach Tierney, an aide to Democrat Kathleen Rice’s campaign. Tierney,...

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1st C.D.: Bishop gets a little help from his friends

Rep. Bishop's campaign is due to benefit from

(Credit: Tom Brune)

For the third time in a row, Rep. Tim Bishop faces a tough re-election race this year, but he's  lucky – he’s got friends in high places.

Other Democrats in Congress have contributed $121,800 to him either from their own campaign funds or from their leadership PACs, records show.

That puts him in the top 10 recipients of these funds among House Democrats running for re-election,...

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