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Dobie: Kim Kaiman hiring smacks of favoritism

When North Hempstead hired Kim Kaiman, the wife

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What was Judi Bosworth thinking?

Barely a week into her tenure as North Hempstead Town supervisor, Bosworth chose Kim Kaiman, the wife of her predecessor, fellow Democrat Jon Kaiman, to head the town agency charged with attracting business and tourism to North Hempstead.

Kim Kaiman did not emerge victorious from a field of qualified candidates. There were no others. The job apparently...

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Cartoon: Whose fault is it?

Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.

GALLERY: More cartoons by Mark Wilson

Filler: Give GOP, Mangano points for openness on Green Party nominee

A Green Party candidate has joined the race

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

At this point, you could almost praise Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's close associates for the openness with which they're trying to manipulate the election system to improve their man's chances at winning.

Almost, but not quite.

There's a new candidate looking to represent the Green Party in the race, which will pit the Republican Mangano against one of two Democrats: former...

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Uberti: GOP obstruction on Obamacare only hurts Americans

Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during

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Capitol Hill’s “repeal and replace” crowd gloated over the White House’s decision Tuesday to put a one-year hold on Obamacare’s controversial employer mandate.

The Obama administration “seems to slowly be admitting what Americans already know,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.

“Even the Obama administration knows the ‘train wreck’ will only get worse,” said...

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Ciolli: Andrew Cuomo's abortion reform push will come down to the wire

Opponents to expanded abortion rights in New York

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo promised in his January State of the State Address that a women’s equity agenda would be his signature legislative initiative this session. Despite an aggressive push, such as the one he used to get a vote on same-sex marriage in 2011, he may wind up with only nine laws -- and the 10th turned into a potent weapon for the 2014 election.

Cuomo’s original omnibus bill addressed...

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McKinstry: Yonkers bickering is no way to represent the city

Yonkers City Hall (May 30, 2012)

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There was a turncoat, an Oscar award and a vote so confusing that politicians were left scratching their heads -- even after several intermissions.

The Yonkers City Council held a special meeting on electoral redistricting Monday that no lawmakers should be proud of -- that is if they actually know what happened.

In fact, the four-hour carnival ended with no resolution. It was a pathetic...

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McKinstry: Don’t take your eyes off Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins attends the Westchester County Democratic convention

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Before losing the Democratic nod to run for Westchester County executive, Ken Jenkins gave a rousing speech.

He was clear, focused and inspired.

He was part preacher, part politician, and didn’t fumble around for words or speak in circles. In all my years covering county government, it was the best I’ve ever seen Jenkins.

Before a crowd of roughly 2,000 Democrats at the Westchester...

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McKinstry: HUD controversy looms over 2013 Westchester campaign

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino speaks during a

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Much of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's fourth State of the County address Tuesday night sounded like his others: He pledged another year with no tax increase, touted his plans for changing Playland and outlined his efforts to promote business and spur economic development — all while protecting social services.

And there were shout-outs to county residents who accomplished great...

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Bessent: Can Republicans and Democrats come together on immigration reform?

The Capitol Dome silhouetted against the rising sun

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For the first time in a decade Congress is poised to take a high dive into the politics of immigration this week. Usually Washington waits until a problem becomes a crisis before taking the plunge. Not this time.

The situation with illegal immigration has actually gotten better. Border security has been beefed up dramatically in recent years. With the United States economy weak and the one...

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McKinstry: Westchester Democrats win lawsuit, but few are paying attention

Ken Jenkins, chairman of the Westchester County Board

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Score one for the Dems.

Democrats on the Westchester County Board of Legislators won one of its many legal challenges against County Executive Rob Astorino.

This latest suit was a dispute over an appointment to the Board of Acquisition and Contracts, a powerful trio historically made up of the county executive, the county board chairman and the public works commissioner, an Astorino...

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