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Former Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli has landed on the State Senate payroll — a not unexpected move since he served as elections lawyer for the Republican-controlled Senate before taking the Nassau job four years ago.
Ciampoli said he resigned all county positions as of 5 p.m. Thursday and immediately began working as counsel to legislative services in the State Senate. He will earn...Read more »
[UPDATED below with Skelos sending similar message to Republicans]
Using a special commission to investigate state legislators to achieve a political goal is “an abuse of process,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said in an e-mail to lawmakers Friday.
Although Silver (D-Manhattan), didn’t specifically criticize Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, he made clear he thinks the governor’s Moreland Commission...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday the passage of a constitutional amendment to allow seven new casinos was a “great win” for New York as he toured the state to tout perhaps the biggest economic development initiative of his tenure.
Cuomo scored a major political win after voters approved the constitutional amendment 57 percent to 43 percent on Election Day.
He also won when voters...Read more »
In an 11th-hour fundraising blitz, Thomas Suozzi, the Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive, garnered nearly $200,000 in campaign contributions over a three-day period, state records show.
His rival, incumbent Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, received a flurry of last-minute donations too, hauling in $123,000, according to records at the state Board of Elections.
The...Read more »
New York's top court denied an appeal Thursday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the controversial MTA payroll tax on constitutional grounds. But Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who filed the suit, still has 30 days to appeal on other grounds.
The state Court of Appeals dismissed Mangano's claim that a "substantial constitutional" issue is involved in his attempt to overturn...Read more »