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Nassau: Former Mangano secretary begins $165G NUMC job

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.


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Pension payments to drop, could ease local tax burden

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on March 14,

(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

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...

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State PBA backs Martins over Haber in Senate race

State Sen. Jack Martins, seen here in January

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein )

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...

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Astorino schools plan: Replace Common Core, offer 3 types of diplomas

Westchester County executive and Republican reform candidate for

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

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,...

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Wu tries to use Hochul’s present, past statements against her

Tim Wu, a candidate for New York lieutenant

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

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...

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On Labor Day, ATU leader puts current events before history

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...

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High court to take up North Hempstead-Nassau FIT fight

The Fashion Institute of Technology on West 27th

(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

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...

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Fordham University's a sure winner in governor's race

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...

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Suffolk's 12th LD: Kennedy blasts 'lying' in Democratic message

Suffolk Legis. John M. Kennedy in an undated

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

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...

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B'khaven battle over Conservative slates results in resignation

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...

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