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Key upstate senator: Upstate-only casino plan won't fly

A key upstate senator said Thursday that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo must broaden his casino-expansion plan if it hopes to survive a statewide referendum.

Sen. Tom Libous (R-Binghamton), the No. 2 Republican in the state Senate, said Cuomo’s proposal to develop just three casinos upstate likely can’t win enough support statewide. Casinos in neighboring states and gambling proponents will spend heavily...

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NYC: Pataki endorses Catsimatidis for mayor

Former Gov. George Pataki has endorsed John Catsimatidis

(Credit: Bloomberg News )

On Jan. 17, in this space, we quoted Republican mayoral candidate-to-be John Catsimatidis as saying that former Gov. George Pataki “is going to support me.”

He was correct.

Today Pataki let his preference be known in the GOP primary and the election.

"John Catsimatidis has the skills, the vision, and the courage needed to lead New York City. He'll make a great mayor and that's...

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Schimel, anti-gun violence coalition head to D.C.

A coalition of state legislators, including Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck), will head to Washington, D.C., Friday to press for tougher federal gun laws.

Schimel and Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) will the group of New York State Legislators Against Illegal Guns, which is slated to meet with the state’s congressional delegation and anti-gun violence groups.

Schimel has been the...

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Freeport mayor's claim of Obama 'support' stirs a tempest

Andrew Hardwick, running for reelection as Freeport mayor,

(Credit: Hardwick campaign mailer)

The White House on Tuesday referred questions to the Democratic National Committee concerning a mailing from Freeport Village Mayor Andrew Hardwick that claims President Barack Obama supports his bid for re-election next week.

The flyer shows a photo of Hardwick photoshopped next to a larger image of Obama and says, “President Obama supports Mayor Hardwick” The other side makes other claims,...

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John Liu's mystery spox reportedly confirms kickoff

Funny how some things work. City Comptroller John Liu's office responded to a Politicker posting that he plans to formally announce for mayor on Sunday with a confirmation -- from a no-name e-mail account.

The posting is here.

Maybe, instead of going the traditional route, the Liu campaign can next whisper the details of the announcement by calling reporters from an ID-blocked cell phone....

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Cuomo submits NY 'action plan' for federal Sandy aid

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presents his 2013-14

(Credit: AP)

  ALBANY - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo submitted New York’s “action plan” Tuesday for using federal money for homeowners and businesses hit by superstorm Sandy, earmarking $171 million for home buyouts.

The plan outlines how the state would spend the initial $1.7 billion federal recovery money; New York expects to eventually receive roughly $30 billion. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...

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Cuomo says upstate casinos need exclusivity period

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo raised the possibility Monday that downstate areas could eventually be part of the state’s casino expansion – if upstate gambling halls had exclusivity for at least a few years.

Last year, lawmakers completed the first of two steps needed to amend the state constitution to allow up to seven new non-Indian-run casinos. As part of his budget proposal this year, Cuomo proposed...

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Last-minute wrinkle stalls Suffolk sale-lease back proposal

A last-minute wrinkle to Suffolk County’s initiative to get a quick cash infusion by executing a “sale-lease back” for county buildings has put the idea on hold in the state Legislature.

The proposal won’t be contained in either the state Senate or Assembly budgets set to be voted on today. What the omission means for County Executive Steve Bellone depends on whom you ask.

“It’s not...

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Judicial nominee a Cuomo contributor, former underling

One of the finalists for a spot on New York’s top court not only once worked for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo but also has donated more than $84,000 to his campaigns during the past eight years.

Maria T. Vullo made more than 20 separate contributions to Cuomo since December 2005, state Board of Elections records show. She was one of seven people nominated by a state screening panel to fill the Court...

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Brookhaven: Alessi to step down as Democratic chairman

Look for Brookhaven Democratic chairman Marc Alessi to step down shortly.

No exact date has been set but the former state Assemblyman said he expects to leave within the next week or so. He said he told party officials earlier this year he intended to resign after the special elections were over because of increasing business commitments with his new firm Synchropet, which make biomedical...

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