Spin Cycle

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

Amid Senate chatter, Klein, de Blasio meet

 With elections looming, State Senate co-leader Jeff Klein met Monday with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, sparking speculation about the future of Klein’s group of breakaway Democrats.

  Klein (D-Bronx) and his five-member Independent Democratic Conference share Senate power with 29 Republicans, including Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). Klein is facing pressure...

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DiNapoli gets another union endorsement in comptroller race

ALBANY -- Democratic state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli received another politically influential endorsement Tuesday when he was backed by the The United Food and Commercial Workers union.

The endorsement follows other key support for Democrats running statewide by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, Working Families Party and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.


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NY borrows $1.2 billion under new, improved credit rating

(Updates with Republican candidate Rob Astorino's comment)

ALBANY -- The state borrowed $1.2 billion Tuesday under its new and improved credit rating which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said is expected to save taxpayers’ money in interest payments.

Fitch Ratings raised the state’s credit rating to AA-plus with a stable outlook on Friday after Moody’s Investor Services raised its rating...

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State Legislature approves Grumman plume bill

Senator Charles Schumer holds a press conference on

(Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)

State lawmakers have approved a bill that orders the Department of Environmental Conservation to outline a plan to contain a toxic waste site in Bethpage.

The site centers on contaminated underground plumes traced to aircraft manufacturing operations by the U.S. Navy and Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., now Northrop Grumman.

The bill was one of slew of measures approved last week...

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4th C.D.: Blakeman replies to Nat. Review writer's pro-Scaturro piece

Republican Congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman, who has claimed in TV ads his primary opponent in the 4th C.D., Frank Scaturro, is not a real conservative, responded to Deroy Murdock's earlier-posted National Review piece dissecting the allegation. Here's his campaign's statement via spokesman Matt Coleman:

"Bruce Blakeman is the only conservative Republican candidate who can beat the Democrat...

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Open question as to whether Zephyr T. faces ballot obstacles

Democratic candidate for governor Zephyr Teachout at a

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

Will Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s declared Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout face efforts -- from someone -- to prevent her name from reaching the Sept. 9 ballot? Two possible obstacles loom. She needs 15,000 signatures from Democratic voters, with at least 100 of them from each of 14 of New York’s 27 congressional districts, to be filed between July 7 and 10.

Not only can their validity...

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Attorney: Freeport portion of Hooper-Mangano aid pact paid off

Assemb. Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead), the deputy speaker, speaks

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Nassau lawmakers last week authorized an “emergency” $624,800 grant to Hempstead Village -- reflecting part of a three-year-old agreement that hadn’t been fully executed between County Executive Edward Mangano and Assemb. Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead), the deputy speaker.

Mangano’s office has since been silent on where that left another part of the 2011 agreement, requiring $500,000 in county...

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Voting 'yes', LI state lawmaker cites controls in med-marijuana bill

More than 20 Assembly members who voted "no" in May on a bill to create a medical marijuana program voted "yes" Friday on a more restrictive proposal. Six were Long Island Republicans: Brian Curran of Lynbrook, Andrew Garbarino of Sayville, Al Graf of Holbrook, David McDonough of Merrick, Anthony Palumbo of New Suffolk and Joseph Saladino of Massapequa.

Palumbo, a former narcotics prosecutor,...

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NYC traffic danger is to Bill what smoking, obesity were to Mike

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during

(Credit: AP / Michael Ainsworth)

The road to improved traffic and pedestrian safety became a bit more traveled last week when the State Legislature authorized New York City to drop the speed limit on a typical street to 25 from 30 mph. For Mayor Bill de Blasio, hazardous driving has now clearly become what smoking and obesity were for his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg -- a favorite target, against which progress in recent years...

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4th C.D.: Nat. Review writer calls attack on Scaturro hollow

The National Review -- founded by the late William F. Buckley Jr. and still influential in conservative circles -- has one of its best-known writers, Deroy Murdock, weighing in this weekend on the 4th Congressional District's GOP primary on Long Island, defending Frank Scaturro from claims by rival Bruce Blakeman that he is not a conservative.  The face-off is Tuesday.

The nub of the...

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