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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...Read more »
And then there were three.
A New York State Supreme Court justice on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Westchester County Board of Legislators against County Executive Rob Astorino, whittling the number of court fights between the two branches down to three.
The dismissal left both sides claiming victory, though it’s more likely to leave taxpayers scratching their heads: They’re...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo did it.
He uttered those two words that we so often hear from our political leaders when they are afraid of getting ahead of themselves: “Cautiously optimistic.”
The governor was referring to the likelihood that the federal government will come through with a low-interest loan for the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge.
The bridge builders like their odds...Read more »
Could the next pope be the last of the Roman Catholic Church?
Yes, according to an ancient prophecy written by an Irish saint.
St. Malachy, bishop of Armagh in the 12th Century, predicted that the current pope -- although he was not specifically identified as Pope Benedict XVI -- would be the second-to-last pontiff before the end of the world.
Benedict said Monday that he would...Read more »
For anyone keeping score, Democrats on the Westchester Board of Legislators recently dropped one of their lawsuits against Republican County Executive Rob Astorino.
The suit in question involved day care, and Democrats say that after the legislature approved this year’s budget – the $1.7 billion plan signed off by seven Republicans and two Democrats with a new 27 percent parental contribution...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is showing a few blemishes after the state’s recent passage of new gun control laws.
More than 100,000 people have signed online petitions against New York’s newly enacted gun control laws and some people have publicly vowed to ignore aspects of it like registering assault weapons. Groups such as the New York State Rifle and Pistol Associations plan to sue and want the...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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....Read more »