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Former Nassau Democratic Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro -- handpicked by county party chairman Jay Jacobs and former County Executive Thomas Suozzi to lead the Democrat-controlled legislature from 2008 through 2009 -- contributed $5,000 to Republican County Executive Edward Mangano on Election Day.
State campaign finance records also show that Yatauro, who lives in Suozzi’s hometown of Glen...Read more »
Jesse Garcia, Brookhaven Republican chairman, reacted to GOP congressional hopeful George Demos' new cable TV ads, calling Demos a “two-time loser” who should “drop his quixotic third bid for this seat."
“It’s simply wrong and a mistake for George Demos to run for congress...for a third time,” said Garcia. Local and state GOP officials have lined up behind State Sen. Lee Zeldin, who is...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo continues to set the table for some sort of tax-cut proposal for 2014, when he's up for re-election.
Though the state faces a $1.7 billion deficit by the March 31 end of the fiscal year, Cuomo contended there will be a surplus "in essence" if he holds the line on spending for the next few months.
"We do have funds to do a tax cut," Cuomo said...Read more »
One advocacy group is pushing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's corruption commission to ban candidates from transferring money from state campaign accounts to federal super PACs or political action committees. The New York Public Interest Research Group says candidates shouldn't be able to use funds raised for one particular office for other purposes.
If adopted, the change could impact Cuomo's positioning...Read more »
Earlier this year, Suffolk Legis. Rob Calarco went online to find a final copy of the county’s 2013 budget -- six months after it had been adopted. He found only the county executive’s proposed version, without any of the adjustments lawmakers had later made. “I didn’t think that was appropriate,” said Calarco (D-Patchogue).
In response, he introduced a bill requiring the executive’s office...Read more »
Across New York, school issues appear to be at a boiling point.
Whether it’s the Common Core curriculum, online student data or teacher and principal job reviews, parents have voiced anger and frustration statewide and on Long Island this fall. There’s sure to be political blowback at some point.
Even though he doesn’t control education in New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo once declared...Read more »
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano wants to add a dormitory to the county’s Office of Emergency Management complex in Bethpage.
Following superstorm Sandy last year, hundreds of visiting first responders had few options but to sleep in offices at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center, Mangano said.
“We basically took over the whole homeland security building,” he said in a recent...Read more »
Conservative Republican George Demos is launching what backers say are the first candidate TV ads in the 2014 campaign cycle. He is vying with GOP state Sen. Lee Zeldin for the party's backing and a potential primary, emphasizing his opposition to Obamacare and any tax increases.
His campaign manager Kevin Tschirhart said the cable TV spots starts Monday and will be a "substantial buy"...Read more »
While Suffolk’s workforce endured historic cuts over the past two years, County Executive Steve Bellone faced a lingering criticism: that he had bloated his patronage payroll at the expense of the rank-and-file.
A Newsday analysis of county records, however, shows that Bellone actually hasn’t expanded the number of non-union appointees under his control, compared to his predecessor.
Still,...Read more »
With a reporting deadline less than a week away, bickering over the tactics and likely proposals of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s corruption commission continued Monday.
Cuomo sought to fight back against legislators’ criticisms that subpoenas issued by his Commission to Investigate Public Corruption violated the state’s separation-of-powers guarantees. But, in a brief conference call with reporters,...Read more »