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Dan Janison has been a reporter at Newsday since 1997, much of which was spent as a staff writer for the New York City edition. He has also served as City Hall reporter and as Deputy Long Island editor for politics. Before coming to Newsday, Janison worked as a reporter for the Staten Island Advance, Albany Times Union and New York Post.
After Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had it publicly demonstrated that Congress wouldn’t act in the Long Island Rail Road labor dispute, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer told NY1 News: “You didn’t need to be a PhD in political science to know that the House of Representatives would never help New York out of a strike situation.”
From that channel, here's Bob Hardt's take.
And contract talks are expected...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo could face a Fordham University professor in a Democratic primary — and benefit financially in one important way.
Zephyr Teachout, who says Cuomo favors corporations and the wealthy, said she has submitted 45,000 petition signatures to qualify for a gubernatorial primary, more than three times the minimum required. The Cuomo campaign hasn’t said yet if it will challenge...Read more »
A backer of Democratic State Senate contender Joseph Fritz has filed general objections over Adrienne Esposito’s nominating petitions, the first step toward trying to disqualify her from the ballot.
Rafaela Vazquez, fiance of former Suffolk Legis. Rick Montano, mailed the challenge application late last week and specifically requested copies of Esposito’s party authorization to run on the...Read more »
Giovanni Mata, one-time chair of former County Executive Steve Levy’s Hispanic advisory committee, has filed petitions to run a Democratic primary for a second time against Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood), a 12-year Albany veteran.
Mata filed by mail about 580 signatures with the Suffolk Board of Elections, which arrived at the Yaphank offices Friday. Mata, of Brentwood,...Read more »
For the first time in more than 70 years, there is no Becker is at the helm of the Lynbrook Republican Party.
Nassau Legis. Francis X. Becker Jr., who has been GOP area leader in Lynbrook for nearly a decade, quietly stepped town from the post in late May in favor of Assemb. Brian Curran.
“It’s hard to let go there’s so much family history and tradition,” said Becker. “We called it the...Read more »
Suffolk Republicans don’t want to rub donors the wrong way.
So John Jay LaValle, Suffolk GOP chairman is offering free “on course massages” as part package of attractions like handrolled cigars, martini bars and wine tastings at a July 28 golf fundrasier at Baiting Hollow Country Club..
LaValle said the club has an on premise masseuse who will provide a “professional service” like is...Read more »
Emergency measures for a Long Island Rail Road Strike got a tentative airing today (see link below). But at least there are glimmers of promise that the mess can be avoided.
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As the MTA continues to evaluate the unions' latest counter-offer Friday, there were no communications between the parties as of late afternoon, according to one of the negotiators...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who agreed to throw his weight behind Senate Democrats, met quietly this week with the chamber's top Republican, Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), several sources said.
The governor and Skelos met Tuesday in New York City, sources said. Details of the discussion weren’t immediately available but one source said the get together was “interesting,...Read more »
Insurgent Zephyr Teachout said Thursday she will submit 45,000 petition signatures to enter a Democrat primary against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The total is three times the required amount to qualify, though the Cuomo campaign could legally challenge the validity of the petitions.
Teachout, a Fordham University professor, is a liberal critic of the governor, contending his economic...Read more »
A court hearing to determine the outcome of 19 contested Nassau absentee ballots cast in the tight 3rd Congressional District Republican primary race between Grant Lally and Stephen Labate was rescheduled on Wednesday, July 9, in part to give Labate an opportunity to return from military reserve duty.
State Supreme Court Judge Dana F. Winslow said he adjourned the case to July 16 “in part”...Read more »