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A longtime secretary and administrative assistant to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has started a new job at the Nassau University Medical Center.
Ann Marie Studdert, 57, who came to the county with Mangano from his former law firm Rivkin Radler, began Aug. 21 as the $164,999-a-year director of intergovernmental affairs and community service representative, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Studdert...Read more »
ALBANY -- Taxpayers could get a break next year because of a reduction in the payments governments must pay into the state pension system.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Monday reported the average rate paid by government employers will decrease 9 percent. He said the average employer payment to the Police and Fire Retirement System will decrease 11 percent.
The savings will be...Read more »
The New York State Police Benevolent Association has endorsed state Sen. Jack Martins for re-election in the 7th District, citing his advocacy for first responders.
Martins (R-Mineola) faces a challenge in November by East Hills businessman Adam Haber.
“It is very important to the members of the PBA of NYS and the residents of Nassau County that Senator Jack Martins is reelected to continue...Read more »
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino unveiled an education plan Tuesday that calls for replacing the controversial Common Core curriculum, enacting a tax credit for school donations and creating a three-diploma system for high school students.
Astorino also backs more vocational and technical training. He also called for changing the way state Board of Regents members are selected,...Read more »
ALBANY -- Democratic challenger for lieutenant governor Tim Wu is trying to use his rival’s own words against her, showing what appear to be conservative pledges from Kathy Hochul while serving in Congress that conflict with her liberal views today.
The Internet ad from the liberal team of Wu and governor candidate Zephyr Teachout against Hochul and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says Hochul “will say...Read more »
Larry Hanley, the politically focused Amalgamated Transit Union international president from New York City, disputes the idea that the labor movement is consigned to history.
His Labor Day weekend message: “Some people believe that unions are no longer necessary, but even a minimal understanding of the growing income inequality in our countries makes it abundantly clear that workers need to...Read more »
A long-running tax dispute between the Town of North Hempstead and Nassau County is among the cases New York’s highest court will hear at the start of its 2014-15 session.
On Sept. 10, its second day in session, the Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on whether the county or the town must pay a share of the tuition for local students who attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in...Read more »
ALBANY -- Here’s a sure bet for the governor’s race: Fordham will win.That’s because all three major candidates have close ties to the Jesuit university in the Bronx.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo earned his bachelor’s degree there in 1979, Republican candidate Rob Astorino earned his bachelor’s degree in 1989, and Cuomo’s Democratic opponent, Zephyr Teachout, is an associate professor of law at Fordham...Read more »
Legis. John Kennedy says his Democratic foe for comptroller James Gaughran and his party have gone too far, attacking the work his wife Leslie does as his legislative aide.
Kennedy said he learned of what he termed a Democratic “push poll” from a Hauppauge constituent who had gotten a polling call which made a number of erroneous statements that attacked Kennedy’s spouse.
“You’ve got...Read more »
A Conservative Party battle over competing committee slates has resulted in a Brookhaven Conservative committee member resigning from the party’s town executive committee and from his $40,000 town job as secretary to the zoning board of appeals.
Kenneth Auerbach, town co-leader, said that the committee member was asked to resign after a woman who purportedly signed paper objecting to committee...Read more »