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Cross-partisan fundraiser to aid Andrew Cuomo

Tonight comes one of those cross-partisan fetes that can fill an incumbent's heart and campaign fund: A $1,000-per-ticket Park Avenue cocktail party in support of Democratic state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. The host: former Republican Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, who's been in the spotlight for his fundraising for Gov. David A. Paterson and ties to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, both Democrats.

Following longtime practice, contributors must certify they have no business pending before Cuomo's office and haven't for the previous 90 days, aides say. Names on the host committee reported by Newsday's Celeste Hadrick include a former counselor to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and several past donors to such Republicans as Sen. John McCain, Rep. Peter King, Fred Thompson and John Sununu.

But this morning, Cuomo was due in Smithtown for a $100-per-head fundraiser for Suffolk legislative Democrats.

UNION MOVE: Employees of several Long Island school-bus companies met in Islip Saturday as part of a reform bid in corruption-scarred Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181. Next month, members are due to receive mail-in ballots - for the first time - in an election supervised by the American Arbitration Association.

GITMO IMPACT?: Some terrorism-related cases out of Guantánamo Bay might eventually head for trial in New York's Eastern and Southern District federal courts, along with District of Columbia and Eastern Virginia, hears Newsday's Anthony M. DeStefano. Administrative judges in the region said they hadn't been told that, but one judge said it would make sense given the number of terror cases in those four districts.

ONCE A COUNSELOR ... : State Power Authority President Richard Kessel has a tie to new Chief Court of Appeals Judge Jonathan Lippman that predates both men's time in government: Summers as kids at Camp Oxford-Guilford, upstate. When Lippman was chief administrative judge under predecessor Judith Kaye, he clashed with Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi over court funding. So Kessel brokered a meeting, and had Suozzi break the ice - by reciting the opening of the camp song.

NEW COUNSEL: Roger Adler, former Brooklyn Bar Association president, becomes $69,000-a-year counsel to the state Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee chaired by Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington). Fifteen years ago, Adler served as outside counsel to the GOP-run Town of Brookhaven, fielding probers' queries then related to convicted developer John McNamara. Much later he represented Clarence Norman, jailed former Brooklyn Democratic leader, at trial.

TRICKLE DOWNERS: Corporate consultant Rudolph "What's-a-Community-Organizer?" Giuliani defended fat Wall Street bonuses Friday, warning that to curb them would "really create unemployment." His once-allied successor as mayor, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, has launched that quadrennial stimulus plan for political shills - known as his re-election campaign.

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