Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics

1st C.D.: Zeldin backer gets a Clinton robocall at Town Hall

The race for the East End congressional seat is so tight, Democrats were sending out election-eve robocalls from former President Bill Clinton to the Brookhaven Town Hall office of GOP board member Dan Panico.

Panico said an aide called him out of a meeting about 2 p.m. to hear the call from Clinton, who said Bishop is “a great congressman” who would work hard for the district.

Panico,...

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UPDATED 4th C.D.: Super PAC attacks Rice in $450,000, er, $50,000 ad

Fourth Congressional District candidate Kathleen Rice stands with

(Credit: Steve Pfost)

UPDATE: Oops, make that a $45,000 ad attack on Democrat Kathleen Rice, according to an amendment filed with the Federal Election Commission Monday afternoon by the Independent Majority Group. And tack on another $5,000, the group said in a second filing with the FEC Monday.

"I wanted to let you know that the spend is actually $45,000, not $450,000. It was a scrivener's error that was corrected...

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Cuomo, Astorino in last-ditch campaigning

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo tried to fire up union workers at a “get out the vote” rally in Times Square Monday, while his Republican challenger Rob Astorino spent the day greeting voters at stops throughout New York City on the eve of Tuesday’s election.

Hundreds of union members showed up at an outdoor Democratic rally meant to shore up support for Cuomo; his lieutenant governor running mate Kathy...

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DCCC Chairman Steve Israel: 'Will we take the House? Probably not.'

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), on May 1, 2014,

(Credit: AP / Evan Vucci)

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, acknowledged Monday that Democrats won't win a net 17 seats to take control of the House -- but won't predict how many seats they'll lose.

Israel, who as DCCC chairman helped Democrats pick up a net eight seats in 2012, is braced for the worst, though, if his interview on MSNBC Monday morning is...

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Early warning: Key questions might go unanswered Tuesday

Political junkies might find some of the instant gratification they seek in short supply after the polls close Tuesday night.

On the national scene, the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance. There's talk of nine decisive races, some of them in time zones where polls close later than in New York. In Louisiana, there is the possibility of a runoff election. So the many moving parts that determine...

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Poll sites, voter-guide lookup available online from League of Women Voters

Voter information is available for tomorrow’s election at the website vote411.org, the League of Women Voters announced.

By typing in an address and ZIP code, a voter can find out who’s on the ballot, the location of the polling place, how to get there, and biographical information about candidates, including judges, as well as ballot-proposal descriptions and general information about registration...

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Cuomo's minor-party setup: Heads he wins, tails someone else loses

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks on Nov. 1, 2014,

(Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)

Many pundits have treated this election for New York governor as a snore. But in at least one murky way, the campaign became like none other in recent memory.

It takes a bit of explanation to get at just how unusual this is -- and why the adrenaline is running in certain circles.

The top player in the dominant Democratic Party, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, has engaged in open discord in the...

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At Suffolk fete, Schaffer smoothes over a Schumer gaffe

Sen. Charles Schumer formally endorsed Democrat James Gaughran for Suffolk comptroller Tuesday, but later in the day caused a collective gasp and nervous laughs at the $350-a-head Suffolk Democratic dinner when he talked about the race.

According to a various sources at Villa Lombardi’s fundraiser in Holbrook, Schumer said, “I understand why [county executive] Steve Bellone is backing Jim...

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8th Senate District: Nassau GOP sends Venditto additional cash

The Nassau Republican Committee gave county lawmaker Michael Venditto’s (R-Massapequa) State Senate campaign last-minute funding of $50,000 last week against his on-again, off-again Democratic foe, Legis. David Denenberg.

The party filed a 24-hour notice report Oct. 28 on the spending with the state Board of Elections.

The move comes as some civic backers have tried to revive Denenberg’s...

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Bill Clinton robocalls for DiNapoli

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on March 14,

(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

ALBANY — President Bill Clinton will be making robocalls to homes statewide on Sunday endorsing state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The recorded phone calls will begin Sunday in areas across the state for DiNapoli, of Great Neck Plaza, as he seeks reelection against Republican Bob Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.

“Hello this is President Bill Clinton,” the call begins. “I’m...

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