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Bessent: Rep. McCarthy's poignant departure

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, at her home in Mineola,

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Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s poignant decision not to seek reelection marks the end of her determined 18-year congressional crusade to reduce gun violence.

The issue catapulted McCarthy, from Mineola,  into Congress after a deranged gunman opened fire inside a Long Island Rail Road train in 1993, killing her husband, Dennis, and five other commuters, and wounding her son.

In announcing...

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Filler: Common Core subcommittee should focus on better implementation, not self-esteem

Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent Lorna Lewis

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With all the controversy over the implementation of Common Core standards in New York and all the changes wrought in its name, it’s not surprising that Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch has decided to appoint a subcommittee of five Regents to review the process and report back.

What may be more telling than the creation of that group is the eventual announcement of which Regents actually...

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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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Dolman: Will talking about class be a winning strategy for Bill de Blasio?

Mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio emerges after casting

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Congratulations, Bill de Blasio, on a fine primary showing.

You were out on the streets to save crucial institutions like Long Island College Hospital before it was cool. You were one of the first to pick up on the city’s considerable case of Bloomberg fatigue.

You didn’t stuff our mailboxes full of fliers. Your son Dante was a television sensation — and you had the wonderful luck to...

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Uberti: Gov. Cuomo's drive against texting goes national

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo gets out of his

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo revved up his 1975 Corvette Friday for a few laps around Watkins Glen International, one of the few NASCAR courses that includes right turns. Soon after, the car enthusiast governor made another right turn: taking his anti-texting and driving message nationwide.

Cuomo announced Friday at The Glen — site of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series last weekend — that...

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Uberti: City election app is a giant leap forward

New York City Campaign Finance Board app.

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Political processes usually lag far behind technological advancement. The lever machines New Yorkers will use to vote in this year’s elections, for example, were a hot new invention in the 1890s. But the old-school contraptions were deemed necessary in 2013 because election officials couldn’t count votes fast enough using electronic scanners.

Despite such slow evolution of the mechanisms of...

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Dolman: Campaign Finance Board sends right message by denying funds to John Liu

New York City Comptroller John Liu, who is

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New York City Comptroller John Liu likes to portray himself as a populist, a modern-day Fiorello LaGuardia—always on the barricades, fighting for the little guy, standing up for immigrants, doing whatever he can to push back against the smug one-percenters who would rather he just disappear.

Even this morning, an hour before the city Campaign Finance Board voted to withhold up to $3.53 million...

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Uberti: Parties share blame for New York's weak sex trafficking laws

Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) in

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New York Senate co-leader Dean Skelos didn’t waste too much time Monday trying to link his rivals in the Assembly to the horrors of human sex trafficking. In a press release as well as a statement posted on Facebook, the Rockville Centre Republican pointed to the FBI’s takedown of a nationwide child prostitution ring, announced only a few hours before, as a sign New York needs to bolster its sex...

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Dolman: Striking down soda ban, court reminds Bloomberg he's only a mayor

An undated image of twenty-ounce bottles of regular

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg's big gulp law is finally fizzling out.

In upholding a lower court—which tossed out the mayor’s ban on sugary soft drinks of 16 ounces or more—the state's Appellate Division today underscored an idea Bloomberg, oddly, finds hard to accept: that he’s simply an elected municipal official and not the personal over-boss of the New York City's 8.4 million people.


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