Spin Cycle

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1st CD: Washington pundits call Bishop-Zeldin race a 'toss up'

The last public poll on the race between Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and his Republican challenger, State Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), put Bishop 10 points ahead. But that was last week. Wednesday, both the Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Report -- the two oldest handicappers of congressional races -- move the race from leaning Democrat to "toss up." That means either one could...

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Skelos says he'd appoint Croci to veterans' committee

  Senate co-leader Dean Skelos said Thursday he’d appoint Tom Croci to lead the chamber’s committee on veterans, homeland security and military affairs if the Islip Republican is elected next month.

  Croci, the Islip town supervisor, is running against Democrat Adrienne Esposito to replace Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) who is running for Congress against Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).

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GOP spends $1.5 million on three swing Island seats

Republican candidates spent more than $1.5 million over the past three months to try to win three seats on Long Island that are considered essential to controlling the state Senate, far outpacing Democrats, records show.

In their bid to defend swing seats in Nassau and Suffolk counties, state- and county-level Republican fundraising committees are stepping on the gas pedal. Records show they...

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On LI, CSEA backs Republicans for Senate, Democrats for House

  The largest state employees’ union, the Civil Service Employees Association, supports keeping Long Island’s nine State Senate seats in Republican hands.

  CSEA backs, along with seven incumbents seeking re-election, Islip Supervisor Tom Croci to replace Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), now running for Congress, as well as Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) to succeed ex-GOP Sen. Charles...

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In key race, Esposito, Croci trade blows over taxes

  Democratic State Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito announced Tuesday she backs a series of tax-relief bills that have had bipartisan support while bashing Republican opponent Tom Croci for hiking taxes as Islip town supervisor in 2013, an increase Croci has blamed on his Democrat predecessor.

  Croci fired back, defending his record in Islip and blaming state Democrats for the...

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