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Some political partisans say it's interesting that out-funded, first-time Democratic candidate Vivianne Falcone of West Islip won more than 47 percent of the vote in the Suffolk portion of the newly drawn 2nd Congressional District, where veteran GOP Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) was re-elected Nov. 6.
Within Suffolk, King got 88,383 votes to Falcone's 78,709. King dominated in the new district's...Read more »
There have been a number of pieces posted Web-wide speculating on why the federal government has entered into big ammo purchases. The Associated Press recently asked after the matter and posted this story:
Online rumors about a big government munitions purchase are true, sort of.
The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next...Read more »
A legislative resolution to name County Executive Steve Bellone’s wife, Tracey, to an unpaid post as county parks trustee disappeared last week from the agenda of the party committee.
It turns out the administration quietly withdrew the resolution after county attorneys discovered that Tracey Bellone, the deputy park commissioner in Babylon Town, cannot legally serve because county code...Read more »
Veteran county hand Dennis Brown has become Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone’s chief legal adviser as $160,722-a-year county attorney.
That will be a pay boost for Brown from $141,520 which he currently makes as bureau chief in the law department.
Brown replaces Paul Margiotta, who will now head the new traffic violations bureau, who replaced Dennis Cohen who became Bellone’s chief deputy.
That...Read more »
A Long Island lawmaker who leads a panel reviewing an Assembly sexual harassment scandal is hosting a fundraiser featuring the chamber leader as his “honored guest.”
Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) said Friday the fundraiser won’t impact his handling of the case, which focuses on once-powerful Assemb. Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn).
Lavine, who co-chairs the Legislative Ethics Committee,...Read more »
A Long Island senator who voted for the state’s comprehensive gun-control law now wants to repeal it.
Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) said the law, championed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as the nation’s toughest, “was a mistake.” The freshman senator said the bill was rushed – the Senate acted on it just hours after it was printed – and that it went too far in limiting assault...Read more »
'Don't misunderstand us."
That seems to sum up the messages Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his top aides are sending this season as his various proposals and actions meet their expected doses of scrutiny and criticism.
The approach differs from Gov. Eliot Spitzer's political sermonizing or the undisciplined responses of the executive chamber under Gov. David A. Paterson. In the hard transactions...Read more »
Suffolk’s Government Operations Committee approved a one-year residency waiver for County Executive Steve Bellone’s newest spokesman Tim Ruggeri, a Long Island native who lives in Brooklyn — but not before one legislator raised concerns about the hire in light of last year's county layoffs.
“I know that we had layoffs of people in the Police Department in public information...Read more »
New York City Comptroller John Liu took part in a mayoral candidates' forum with four other Democratic hopefuls and two Republican would-be nominees. Rather than have his rivals raise the issue -- which they might not have since he's in single digits in the polls -- Liu twice mentioned that his campaign funds have been under investigation by the FBI. His point in doing so seemed to be that the probe,...Read more »