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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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On Tuesday, the Yonkers City Council will be abuzz with a controversial pair of ordinances that, if approved, would allow residents to keep beehives and chicken coops in their backyards.
Council President Chuck Lesnick, a Democrat, is pushing the move, arguing that beehives and chicken coops, like organic gardens, are increasingly popping up in urban backyards and that the city should be encouraging...Read more »
As Beltway lawmakers weigh new gun restrictions in the wake of the Newtown massacre, a former congressional candidate plans to hold a "gun appreciation day" rally in White Plains on Saturday to protest tougher gun control.
Frank Morganthaler, a Hawthorne conservative who ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey in the November elections, is organizing the rally, which...Read more »
Another Republican has jumped into the race against veteran Orange County Executive Ed Diana, who has held the county's top job for more than a decade.
Chester Supervisor Steve Neuhaus has announced that he will be seeking the GOP nomination against Diana, who is running for his fourth term.
“For too long, the county has been led in part by people whose names have not been on the ballot,...Read more »
For a few hundred bucks you could have a piece of Yonkers history -- at the click of a mouse. The city has put the old clock tower from Getty Square up for auction, with bids starting at $660.
The 50-year-old clock -- which is about 19 feet tall and weighs nearly three tons -- was replaced as part of a $500,000 renovation project in the downtown square.
The clock is among the newest...Read more »
Yonkers is waiving building permit fees until the end of the month for business owners and homeowners whose properties were damaged by superstorm Sandy.
“With power now restored and cleanup operations wrapping up, we continue to focus on making sure those who had damage to property receive the assistance needed to make repairs and return their lives back to normal as quickly as possible,”...Read more »
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in New York state says it has a "crucial" role to play in the upcoming presidential election: just not in New York.
In a Nov. 2 memo to supporters, Robert Diamond, NY state director of Obama for America, listed the group's core missions as "exporting volunteers" -- including some from the Hudson Valley -- to Pennsylvania and...Read more »
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is backing Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney in his bid to oust incumbent Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-Bedford) in the nationally watched 18th Congressional race.
Maloney's campaign made the announcement Saturday morning.
"Sean Patrick Maloney will work to restore the economy of the Hudson Valley and get people back to work," Cuomo said in a statement provided by Maloney's...Read more »
The disaster declarations for Westchester and Rockland counties means that businesses, individuals and local governments who have had financial losses from superstorm Sandy could be eligible for federal assistance. To qualify, those who have unreimbursed losses must first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Below is some contact information: Website:...Read more »
Two Westchester health clubs -- Club Fit and New York Sports Club -- are opening their doors to residents affected by the storm to take a hot shower, county officials said.
“We know this has been a long week and that something as simple as a hot shower goes a long way,” said County Executive Rob Astorino, who was expected to announce the openings at news conference Friday morning. “We are...Read more »
Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney and Republican U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth are calling out the big guns in their nationally watched battle for the 18th Congressional District seat.
On Sunday, former President Bill Clinton will hold a rally for his former aide, Maloney, at Somers Middle School. Maloney, an attorney, worked as a top White House aide to Clinton during his presidency. Clinton has endorsed...Read more »