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Guzik: Ed Cox weighs in on Rob Astorino's possible candidacy for governor

Edward Cox poses in Colonie, N.Y., Sept. 29,

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Rob Astorino would give Andrew Cuomo a run for his money in the 2014 governor's race, according to New York State Republican Party Chairman Edward Cox. In a meeting with Newsday's editorial board on Monday, Cox said that the Westchester County executive was extremely positive about the possibility of challenging Cuomo in the fall. Cox recently set up a meeting between Astorino and New Jersey Governor...

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Cartoon: Gov. Cuomo's new jobs plan

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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Dobie: Progress on boating safety, but not enough

Coast Guard Officers perform a safety check on

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New York finally has a new boating safety law. Some of its proponents, in full self-congratulatory mode, described the legislation as “landmark” and praised it as guaranteeing that all New York boaters will be properly educated in how to safely handle their vessels.

Alas, it falls far short of that.

At best, it’s a step in the right direction — a small step.

Broadly sketched, the...

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Uberti: Keep your eyes on the road -- anti-texting troopers on the prowl

An man works his phone as he drives

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Few are innocent: I do it, you do it, your grandmother does it -- well, maybe she does.

Texting while driving has become habit for nearly every motorist, not just teens who are glued to their smartphones already. Why answer a message later if you can do it now? It takes just a few seconds, after all, not long enough for the police to catch you. Right?

Perhaps not any more. On July 1,...

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Uberti: NY State disclosure forms are a poor excuse for transparency

Janet DiFiore, chairwoman of the New York State

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Though state officials’ financial disclosure forms are expected to be made public for the first time this week, don’t expect a treasure trove of well-organized, easily searchable information. That would make too much sense.

State legislators’ outside income, investments and debts will be available online in accordance with the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hailed...

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McKinstry: Is the Women's Equality Act the beginning of the end for the IDC?

State Sen. David Carlucci speaks with the media

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In a show of support for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Rockland Democrats are blasting one of their own: New York Sen. David Carlucci. They’re particularly peeved at the Independent Democratic Conference's role in blocking the governor’s Women’s Equality Act from being voted on.

They’re calling Carlucci a sellout. It's this kind of hardball pressure tactics that just might force the Senate to have...

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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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Filler: Deadlines approaching in Albany and no clarity in sight

The New York State Capitol in Albany.

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With about 95 hours to go until the hard deadline for getting legislation passed this week in Albany, the ugliness is mounting and the clarity is not. It’s supposed to be the last week of the session, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo can always make everyone stay after class. More and more of late he does seem to ready to keep them after class, since he's not allowed to cane them. But as it stands, any...

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Cartoon: Andrew Cuomo declares war on Canada

A dispute rippling from planned improvements on the New York side of the Peace Bridge connecting New York and Canada has divided the American and Canadian members of the binational board that oversees it, with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo lamenting that projects important to New York's economy have languished while Canadian-side improvements have moved along.

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: Board of Elections doesn't enforce New York's campaign finance laws

Voting at the Northport City Hall voting location

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When it comes politicians breaking the rules, it’s much worse than you think.

And I'm not talking about the seemingly endless parade of perp walks or corruption charges levied against state lawmakers in recent years.

It’s about New York’s campaign finance system – and the state Board of Elections mostly nonexistent enforcement of the laws.

There were 103,805 violations of New York’s...

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