Spin Cycle

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Rep. King defends Benghazi report blasted from within GOP

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) speaks to the media

(Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer)

An unusual clash surfaced last week when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blasted as “full of crap” a recent report on the 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya — issued by the GOP-run House Intelligence Committee.

Among the committee’s dozen majority members is Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who signed off on the report. Responding to Graham, with whom he’s been friendly,...

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A new list of top state court candidates is expected Monday

A judicial screening panel plans on delivering a set of seven nominees Monday to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to fill a pending retirement on New York’ highest court.

  Judge Robert Smith turned 70 this year, hitting the mandatory retirement age for the Court of Appeals. Per law, he must step down on Dec. 31.

  Smith, appointed by Republican Gov. George Pataki in 2004, has established...

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Babylon Democrats appear to cast early looks at legislative seat

It looks like Babylon Democrats are already getting ready to mount a major offensive to take back the 14th district legislative seat that Republican Legis. Kevin McCaffrey of Lindenhurst won in a major upset last year.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's aide Tim Sini, 34, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Manhattan, is also knocking on doors and handing out palm cards on weekends as...

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Suffolk AME: Union president faces four-way fight for re-election

Dan Farrell, president the Suffolk Association of Municipal Employees, is facing a potential four-way brawl for re-election, including a challenge from his own executive vice president, Michael Finland.

Finland disclosed to Farrell his plan to run and take four of his slate with him, leaving the one-term union president with only one vice president, Don Dailey, who is so far committed to remain...

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LIA talks up an Island role if DNC picks Brooklyn for 2016

Kevin Law, LIA president, during a hearing at

(Credit: Ed Betz)

Long Island Association president Kevin Law is calling on New York City officials to tout “the assets that lie just to the east” as part of their drive to hold the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Brooklyn.

“Long Island is in a prime position to offer critical hotel space which in many cases will be more convenient to access from Brooklyn than hotels in midtown Manhattan,” Law wrote...

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Without accusation, Brooklyn BP opposes conclusion-jumping in NYPD tragedy

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who served in the NYPD for 22 years and headed "100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care," warns against jumping to conclusions in the circumstances of how Akai Gurley, a non-suspect civilian, died by what authorities call an accident police gunshot by a rookie officer.

On Wednesday, Adams said on WNYC "No one was in the stairwell but the victims and the...

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Immigration, Ferguson, Oyster Bay tax hike -- all in one post-election season

For public officials, the thinking typically goes that you wait until after the election to wrestle with the risky stuff.

So three weeks after the polls closed, delayed actions are dominating government news.

On the national front, President Barack Obama made clear in early September he would stall his sweeping executive order on immigration until after the midterm elections on Nov....

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Top court says tenants can file class-action lawsuits over rent control

New York City tenants who claim their landlords illegally deregulated certain rent-controlled apartments can bring class-action lawsuits, the state's highest court ruled Monday.

The state Court of Appeals, in a series of 4-2 decisions involving three cases, said tenants seeking reimbursements for rent overcharges can band together to sue landlords who allegedly violated statutes by lifting...

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Annual pre-Thanksgiving food appeal reveals hidden threats

ALBANY — Advocates for the working poor said Monday that several factors are worsening the hunger problem for 3 million New Yorkers despite the economy’s recovery.

The social workers and clergy altered their annual Thanksgiving appeal for food donations to call for food to be treated by government as a higher funding priority. They said food needs to be treated as a human right, not an issue...

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NYC: Firefighters' union pushing for fairer rookie disability deals

Steve Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, says his union's push to improve disability benefits for newer members is unrelated to talks toward an overdue contract settlement with the city. 

Rather, Cassidy said, it's prompted by a recent resumption of FDNY hiring stalled by years of litigation over diversity.

Hundreds are now joining...

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Hollywood actor and director Danny Glover urging New York City to keep horse carriages. Actress Edie Falco making a TV ad to abolish horse carriages. Ex-Sony exec Mitch Singer, last week: “Why do so many believe that this is Sony’s war to fight?"

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