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Christian M. Wade has covered politics and government for nearly 15 years. He cut his teeth as a journalist overseas, beginning in the West Indies and later China. He has reported for major U.S. news organizations such as the Associated Press, United Press International and most recently The Tampa Tribune, where he covered state and municipal government, including preparations for the 2012 Republican National Convention. He joined Newsday in March 2012.
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Westchester County Republican lawmakers are taking Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins to task for sending a letter last week to the federal judge presiding over the county's housing discrimination case, in which he claimed lawmakers were in support of legislation requiring private landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers for rent payments.
In an Aug. 21 letter to Manhattan District Court...Read more »
Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef has had to cut short his role as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., because of a death in the family.
Ron Levine, Vanderhoef's spokesman, said the Republican leader's father died Sunday. He said Vanderhoef, who was in Tampa when he heard about his father's passing, was "hit hard" by the news.
His father,...Read more »
Mayor Mike Spano is taking his battle to contain Fire Department spending to cyberspace.
On Monday, the Democrat launched a new website -- www.yonkerscontrolsspending.com -- to "educate the public" about his efforts to curtail sick pay, overtime costs and other "excessive" expenditures in the city's Fire Department.
“There is a lot of misinformation out there about...Read more »
If you were planning to take the Palisades Interstate Parkway on Saturday, you might want to find another route.
That's because the southbound lanes of the scenic parkway will be closed most of the day -- from exit 18 in Bear Mountain State Park to the George Washington Bridge -- for the bicycling segment of the 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship.
The triathlon course will include a 2.4-mile...Read more »
Congresswoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat who represents part of Westchester and Rockland counties, will hold a rally Thursday with Rockland County officials to voice support for Democratic legislation that would effectively ban online or mail-order purchases of ammunition in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo.
The proposed legislation aims to restrict the ability of Americans...Read more »
It comes as no surprise to most that Rockland County's financial outlook is grim, but a business group says it is planning to conduct an independent study to determine just how bad the situation is.
The Rockland Business Association, a business advocacy group, has enlisted Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress to conduct a study of the county's finances and make recommendations for how...Read more »
Among the names being floated by conservative bloggers as the vice presidential running mate for likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is the Hudson Valley's own retired Army General and Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus.
A report today in the Drudge Report said a "top fundraiser" for President Barack Obama had claimed Obama said earlier this week that Romney...Read more »
Congresswoman Nita Lowey is getting to know her new constituents across the Hudson River.
The veteran Democratic lawmaker is opening a new office in Rockland County this Sunday, from 1 p.m to 3 p.m., at 340 Route 304 in Bardonia. Lowey, 75, is running for her 13th term. Statewide redistricting cost her much of southern Westchester County -- an area she has represented since 1988, most recently...Read more »
Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth has a slim lead over Democratic challenger Sean Patrick Maloney in the nationally watched 18th Congressional District race, according to a poll released Thursday. The poll of 500 likely voters shows Hayworth leading 48 to 45 percent, but shows Maloney with a 6-point lead after "positive descriptions" of both candidates were read to those surveyed....Read more »
For the third time in a week, the Greenburgh Town Council has delayed a vote on a proposal to lease a contaminated site to a private firm for a sports complex.
Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said the board was working out final details for the lease agreement and would vote on it at a meeting at 10 tonight.
Council members are weighing a proposed a 15-year lease on town owned land where...Read more »