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Rep. Charles Rangel's last hurrah lasts longer than expected

Charles Rangel speaks at the #GetCoveredTour new conference

(Credit: Getty Images / Rob Kim)

The most amazing aspect of this early federal primary season in New York may be that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Harlem), dean of the state congressional delegation, stands for re-election this long after his time in politics seemed over.

In December 2010 Rangel stood silently before the House of Representatives as then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi read a resolution censuring him for discrediting the body,...

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Astorino, Paladino, & Trump all due at Albany gun-rights rally

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, former GOP candidate Carl Paladino and perennial would-be candidate Donald Trump are scheduled to headline a gun-rights rally Tuesday at the State Capitol.

The rally, organized by the Shooters Committee on Political Education and others, aims to pressure Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislators into repealing the Cuomo-backed law the state enacted...

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Suffolk presiding officer blames Bellone camp for baseless probe; exec denies it

Suffolk Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory is blaming backers of County Executive Steve Bellone for sparking a short-lived district attorney probe, which turned out to be unfounded, into whether he is living in the district, according to legislative sources.

Gregory (D-Amityville) told the Democratic caucus the district attorney cleared him about a week ago, sources say. They said the...

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LI, NYC school-zone speed camera bill to be introduced Monday as lawmakers rally to save proposal

Legislators meeting in the State Capitol in Albany

(Credit: Bloomberg / Ron Antonelli)

State legislators will introduce a bill Monday to place 125 school-zone speed cameras on Long Island and expand the number in New York City to 140 –- after a similar proposal was dropped from the state budget.

But it’s uncertain when the legislature might act on the bill – which could have a significant impact on Nassau County finances.

Speed cameras record speeding violations without...

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DiNapoli, good-gov't groups attack deal to make comptroller race a test for public financing

ALBANY - State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is fighting back at the plan to use the comptroller’s race as a test case for public financing of campaigns this year.

On Sunday, major good-government groups that have supported public financing of campaigns said the final deal "is not even a step in the right direction." 

The state budget deal by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders...

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To adopt state budget on time, emergency order will have to be issued

ALBANY _ For New York’s legislature to pass a $137.9-billion budget as promised by Monday night’s midnight deadline, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will have to issue a “message of necessity.”

That’s because Cuomo and legislative leaders failed to agree on and start printing some of the lengthy budget bills until early Saturday. They missed the Friday midnight deadline to provide three days public review...

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In the fight against gun violence, NY wields a catchy new acronym

The state budget deal is providing New York’s newest tortured acronym for a program in a state government that loves catchy phrases: GIVE. That stands for Gun-Involved Violence Elimination.

The $15.2 million program will offer funding for reducing gun violence to communities that don’t already receive Operation Impact funding.

Operation Impact was created in 2004 to provide more...

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State budget includes funding for Long Island office to regulate utilities

ALBANY -- The 2014-15 state budget deal includes funding for a new Long Island office of the state Department of Public Services, which regulates utilities.

The office will employ 39 workers with a budget of $5.5 million, the Cuomo administration said Sunday. The office was created last year in a bill addressing Cuomo's concerns about the Long Island Power Authority, a state entity.

The...

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Big budget can hit New Yorkers in small ways

ALBANY -- The $138 billion state budget deal agreed to Saturday hits just about every New Yorker, sometimes in very personal ways.

The measures include:

-- A 2 percent cost-of-living increase for direct care workers for the disabled statewide. Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) has long pushed this measure, rejected in past years. It adds $13 million to these workers' salaries,...

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School-zone speed cameras omitted from budget deal -- a potential blow to Nassau, Suffolk budgets

ALBANY – A proposal to install as many as 125 traffic cameras in Long Island school zones has been blocked from the state budget set to be voted on Monday, although lawmakers are trying to revive it through separate legislation.

Failure to adopt speed-zone cameras could put a big hole in Nassau County’s budget. The head of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority said last month that revenue from...

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