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4th CD: Candidates spar on fiscal policy issues

The congressional candidates in New York's 4th Congressional

(Credit: James Escher, Mike Stobe)

The candidates to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy in Nassau’s 4th Congressional District on Monday highlighted their differing fiscal policies, with Democrat Kathleen Rice calling for “aggressive” investments in public education and Republican Bruce Blakeman reiterating his calls to simplify tax codes and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Rice, the Nassau district attorney, made her calls for...

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For Senate GOP hopefuls on LI, a good couple of weeks

From the viewing stands, it certainly has looked like a good couple of weeks for Senate Republicans on Long Island, where the GOP, struggling to stay relevant in state government, holds all nine seats.

First came the abrupt withdrawal announcement of Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) from the 8th District race amid public charges from his former law firm that he ripped off a major client....

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On LI, Huckabee to address Smithtown Christian School fete

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will speak at

(Credit: AP / Susan Walsh)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, at one time a GOP presidential candidate, is due at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on Oct. 17 to address a banquet of the Smithtown Christian School.

The school, announcing his appearance, quotes Huckabee recently stating before the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference: “Students are not dry cleaning, parents can’t drop them off in...

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Also on ballot: Cuomo pushes $2.4 billion bond for school technology

Below the radar of the other campaigns, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is leading an effort to win approval of an Election Day referendum for the state to borrow $2.4 billion to pay for school technology and security equipment.

His administration now has held three symposiums to tout the bond proposal -- in Albany, Buffalo and New York City. Cuomo says spending the money is key to “transforming our...

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Suffolk video stream still a work in progress but could expand

The Suffolk County Legislature may be still working out bugs of its pilot project to do live video streaming of its meetings in Hauppauge, but County Executive Steve Bellone has included another $96,000 in his proposed 2015 operating budget to expand the system.

The money would allow the legislature to expand its current one camera system to four cameras in Hauppauge to allow better coverage...

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Suffolk legislators' salaries set just below $100G in '15 plan

The salaries of Suffolk legislators will remain a

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

The salaries of Suffolk legislators will remain a scant $297 below  $100,000 under Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s proposed 2015 budget.

The budget based lawmakers’ $99,703 salary on a 1.55 percent cost of living index, under a county law which increases the pay of all elected officials automatically by four percent a year or the cost of living whichever is less.

Under...

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Cuomo bus trip calls attention to abortion rights; GOP calls tour a 'red herring'

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, left, on

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ALBANY — Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set out Saturday on a “Women’s Equality” tour upstate to emphasize his support for abortion rights and Republican challenger Rob Astorino’s opposition.

“You don’t support a right to choose,” Cuomo said of abortion-rights opponents during a rally at an Albany labor hall, kicking off his first tour of his re-election campaign. “We support the right to choose....

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For the first time, gov waives law on judicial selection time line

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo waived the legal time table Friday for nominating a judge for the state’s top court, postponing it 14 days.

It’s the first time a governor hasn’t followed the law on the judicial selection time line, said a long time Court of Appeals analyst. But, significantly, the law also doesn’t carry any consequences.

Cuomo, a Democrat, said he put off the decision because he...

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LI native walking from Buffalo to Montauk to raise awareness of abuse of the disabled

ALBANY — Tom Cavanagh is on a 600-mile walk from Buffalo to Montauk to draw attention to the abuse of disabled people in government facilities, and hopes to find his long-lost brother along the way.

Cavanagh is attracting media attention to provide a voice for disabled children and adults in more than 1,000 group homes and other state facilities where cases of abuse by staff have been reported...

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Astorino campaign down to $1.2M; Cuomo’s last total was $25M

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, left, on

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ALBANY -- Republican Rob Astorino has just $1.2 million on hand in his campaign for governor while Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo reported $25 million in his campaign account in September, according to state reports.

Astorino raised $2.4 million since his July filings and has already spent $1.4 million, according to the latest financial disclosure reports released Friday.

In September, Cuomo...

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