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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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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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U.S. official rejects Rep. Bishop's claim 40 Americans who left to join ISIS are back in U.S.

A YouTube video that shows Rep. Tim Bishop telling a business group a week ago that 40 Americans who went to join the Islamic State militant group have returned to the United States has created a splash on the web, especially on conservative news sites.

It made news because Bishop, a Southampton Democrat seeking re-election to a seventh term, is the first U.S. official to put the number 40...

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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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1st CD: Air war begins as national parties launch attack ads

Democratic and Republican House campaign committees begin airing attack ads today in the much-watched race between GOP candidate Lee Zeldin, a state senator from Shirley, and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) on Long Island’s East End.

The ad by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee charges that Zeldin would privatize Social Security, breaking by the entitlement program’s promise by...

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