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The annual Nassau PBA Christmas party went on as scheduled Thursday night despite a breaking political-influence scandal that led County Executive Edward Mangano to force the resignation of Police Commissioner Thomas Dale earlier in the day.
Some 550 police officers and politicians showed up to party with the Police Benevolent Association at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale and to honor...Read more »
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 »
Supported by Republicans who control the towns of Oyster Bay and Hempstead, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano campaigned for re-election by attacking his opponent, former Democratic County Executive Thomas Suozzi, on two main issues:
Suozzi raised property taxes and gave himself a hefty raise, Mangano complained in numerous campaign ads.
After Mangano won the rematch -- and...Read more »
Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli showed his successor, Parks Commissioner Carnell Foskey, around the county attorney offices on the second floor of One West Street in Mineola Wednesday morning before issuing a goodbye letter to his staff.
“It is . . . time for me to bring the curtain down on my tenure as county attorney,” wrote Ciampoli. “I will be moving on to new challenges.”
Ciampoli,...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 »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will endorse Democrat Thomas Suozzi for Nassau County executive at a rally Saturday, sources with direct knowledge told Newsday.
Cuomo will make the announcement at a Democratic unity rally; he will endorse party candidates in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The event is slated for 11 a.m. at the Albertson VFW Hall.
Suozzi is trying to unseat Republican County Executive...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 »
Nassau’s Green Party is planning on writing in their own party’s candidates for four county legislative districts in Tuesday’s primary “in response to aggressive Democratic and Republican attempts to steal Green Party ballot lines in the upcoming elections,” chairman Jim Brown says.
In a news release, Brown said four registered Green party members “have stepped forward to run in order to protect...Read more »
Hempstead Town animal rescuer Diane Madden will join forces with former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, a Democrat who is challenging Republican County Executive Edward Mangano this fall, at the Eisenhower Park Dog Run Saturday 12 p.m. in a “Campaign for Animal Welfare.”
Madden, a registered Conservative running on the Democratic line for Hempstead Town Board, is one of three volunteers...Read more »