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McKinstry: Gov. Cuomo's goals collide with tax cap hardships

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo during his State of

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Ask any county executive or school superintendent how they’d spell relief and the letters would surely look like this: M-A-N-D-A-T-E-S.

All across New York, political leaders, notably Republicans, want to know how Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will deal with those crushing expenses like pensions, Medicaid or any number of school programs that are growing at a far greater pace than the state’s cap on...

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Dolman: City teacher's union backs away from evaluations, letting politics win over children

An empty classroom at William Floyd High School

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You’ve probably seen the United Federation of Teachers’ ads on television. Against a background of dark, brooding music, they accuse New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg of “going after teachers again.” Why? Because he has “no strategy to improve schools.” Because it’s “his way or the highway.” Because “it’s time to put politics aside” and come up with a “fair evaluation system” for the city’s 75,000...

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Dolman: Strict gun laws keep everyone safe

The NYPD provided a photo of a .22

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How gun-saturated is this country today?

Let’s start with the story of the 7-year-old boy who police say brought a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol into Wave Preparatory School in Far Rockaway, Queens, on Thursday. Along with the gun, the second-grader had a separate magazine loaded with 10 bullets in his backpack and 7 to 10 additional rounds in a plastic bag, according to police.


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McKinstry: Westchester Democrats agree to be united in race for county executive

Westchester County Board of Legislators chairman Ken Jenkins

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Hoping to avoid a potentially expensive and divisive political season, Democrats won’t have a primary in their quest to oust Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

Democratic leaders met last night at headquarters in White Plains and agreed that whoever is nominated at the convention will be the guy to challenge the Republican executive.

“No one would ever want that,” party chairman...

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McKinstry: Primary battle shaping up in Westchester

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson has raised nearly

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We have ourselves a race.

Democrat Noam Bramson raised an impressive $427,000 in the last month, bringing his total to more than half a million dollars for his bid to become Westchester County executive.

That leapfrogs the New Rochelle mayor ahead of the presumed front-runner, Ken Jenkins, a Yonkers Democrat who chairs the county Board of Legislators. Jenkins pulled in $176,000, bringing...

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Cartoon: New York's assault weapons law


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

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McKinstry: Lance Armstrong cheated and deserves to pay the price

Lance Armstrong speaks to the media. (May 14,

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Lance Armstrong will have his moment with Oprah. He will come clean.


For all the talk of doping, steroids and living strong, we get to see Armstrong in a made-for-TV moment where he presumably bears his soul, gets teary eyed and lets his healing begin.

Thank goodness. So many people believed he was a dope for cheating and an even bigger dope for denying it for so long....

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Dolman: School bus drivers strike sacrifices children for questionable contract provision

Children ride on a school bus in East

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So why are the 8,800 school bus drivers of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1811 planning to strike on Wednesday morning?

If you watch the union’s television ads, you might think it’s because New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg would rather pinch pennies than invest in the safety of children by giving the drivers more job security. 

“This is about safety and experience,” says Local...

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Misinformation: Bill Clinton first suggested armed guards in schools

Former President Bill Clinton delivers the keynote speech

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A recent letter to the editor criticized President Barack Obama for his "skepticism" about the National Rifle Association's "proposal to put armed guards in schools," following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The writer claimed there is a precedent -- hailing from Obama's very own Democratic Party. President...

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Cartoon: Andrew Cuomo's progressive agenda

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

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