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New Brookhaven chair for Independence Party

The Independence Party has named David Shelton, a town highway department worker, as its new Brookhaven chairman.

Shelton is the son-in-law of Peter Cris, the former town Independence chariman who stepped down four months ago and his wife, the late Carol Cris, who was party leader from 1998 until her death in 2009. Shelton was named leader the day after Republican Dan Losquadro, who ran with...

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Smithtown: Vecchio confronts challenger Creighton

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio confronted his challenger.

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio leveled a highly personal verbal assault against his challenger Robert Creighton, a town board member, last week in their first face-to-face appearance since announcing their candidacies.

The exchange took place at the end of a Smithtown Republican committee meeting Wednesday night attended by about 140 committee members at the Elks Hall.

Witness...

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Suffolk GOP lawmaker acts to tighten up residency rule

Legis. Tom Cilmi (R-E. Islip) has proposed a local law to tighten up on the county’s residency requirement for new employees who live outside Suffolk.   The current law allows the hiring of non-resident employees, but then requires a legislative resolution for of a one year waiver to give the new employee time to move in.   Cilmi’s bill would require that the county legislature approve...

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NYC: A familiar ring to policing clash

Christine Quinn's clash with the Bloomberg administration isn't

(Credit: Charlie Eckert)

For longtime City Hall denizens, there's a bit of a familiar echo to the clash between Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn over an election-year bill to create an inspector general for the NYPD.

Around this time 12 years ago, another Democratic mayoral candidate, under fire from primary rivals over alleged coziness with the departing Republican mayor, created a similar stir. The...

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Babylon Dems back son of GOP ex-appellate judge for district court

Babylon Democrats have recommended that Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone name a son of former Republican state appellate judge John Copertino to fill a vacancy in Babylon district court.

Robert Stricoff, Babylon Democratic chairman, said the party recommended Carl Copertino, a Deer Park lawyer who now works for the MTA and formerly worked in the state attorney general’s office.

Copertino...

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Move to shift suit involving ex-Suffolk ethics chair to Nassau

The Suffolk County Attorney has moved to switch the county’s $23,000 lawsuit against Alfred Lama, the former ethics commission executive director, to a Nassau County court.

The motion was made by assistant county attorney Elaine Barraga after she claimed Lama’s attorney’s papers indicated he had once served as a state Supreme Court justice in Suffolk County.

Robert Connolly, Lama’s attorney,...

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NYC: Bloomberg does his final Inner Circle bit

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, center, participates in a musical

(Credit: NYC mayor's office)

Saturday night marked the last Inner Circle show featuring Michael Bloomberg as mayor.

The title of the press send-up was "The Last Gulp" based on the soda-ban controversy. For his response, Bloomberg brought in casts from "Annie," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and "Rock of Ages."

Bloomberg in one sketch invented...

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State budget snag - Voting postponed till Thursday

Another day, another snag for the state budget.

And now, rather than finishing the spending plan Monday, it looks like Thursday at best.

Lawmakers expected to print the final budget bills Friday, allowing them to vote on the spending plan Monday. That way they would finish the budget six days before the April 1 deadline — and before Passover began.

But no bills were printed Friday,...

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Suffolk Sale-Leaseback Stall Causes Some Worry

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone delivers his State

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Lack of state approval for Suffolk’s plan to sell and lease back its buildings as a short-term budget fix is creating increasing worry among county lawmakers.

Suffolk legislative leaders met Friday with County Executive Steve Bellone to discuss potential solutions to a newly projected $250 million shortfall through 2014. But the cloud hanging over the proceedings was the continued uncertainty...

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State budget requires back-up power at some gas stations

Three days after superstorm Sandy, people wait in

(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

New York's new state budget will provide grants to stockpile emergency generators to keep some gasoline stations operating even in the aftermath of hurricanes such as superstorm Sandy.

The budget, set to be enacted next week, also provides tougher sanctions to penalize utilities that perform poorly during storms – including the possibility of losing their operating certificate.

The changes...

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