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An invitation is going out for a fundraiser for Nassau Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) who's preparing to run for state Senate in the 8th district, the seat vacated Dec. 31 by veteran Sen. Charles Fuschillo.
It lists an interesting line-up of names as specially-invited guests -- including Richard Schaffer, chairman of the Democratic committee in Suffolk, into which the district extends,...Read more »
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, which runs the city's water system, most recently had Carter Strickland as commissioner. He was appointed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2011.
In trade circles, rumors have been circulating that a former DEP commissioner, Al Appleton, may be returning to the agency, which he served during the Dinkins administration. In recent...Read more »
Nassau Minority leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) last week wrote to County Executive Edward Mangano and Comptroller George Maragos, both Republicans, to say Democratic legislators “are extremely concerned” that former GOP Assemb. Robert Barra is working for the county as a part-time golf-course attendant 1 at the same time he serves as the full-time Valley Stream Village Clerk.
Newsday reported...Read more »
ALBANY — A Republican New York State senator said he’s opposed to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to provide more college programs to prisoners paid for by taxpayers.
“I support rehabilitation and reduced recidivism, but not on the taxpayer’s dime when so many individuals and families in New York are struggling to meet the ever-rising costs of higher education,” said Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo).
Grisanti...Read more »
ALBANY — Most New York voters support legalizing small amounts of marijuana even for nonmedical use and overwhelmingly support making medical marijuana legal, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.
The poll found 88 percent of voters support the legalization of marijuana for medical use, which is used in many other states to treat nausea, pain and other symptoms related...Read more »
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reached a milestone last week: 20 years as leader of the Democrat-controlled chamber.
Silver (D-Manhattan) is the second-longest tenured speaker on record. He needs two more years to tie the late Oswald D. Heck, a Schenectady Republican who ran the house from 1937 to 1959. Heck, incidentally, was the last speaker from upstate New York.
Silver hasn’t said...Read more »
After decades of research, some government policymakers still debate and agonize over what treatment works for the highly publicized scourge of opiate abuse.
Reached last week, Henry Bartlett, who directs a statewide coalition of opiate treatment programs, said in battling chronic long-term opiate addiction, “medicines like Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Vivitrol, combined with counseling,...Read more »
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to issue municipal ID cards with the aim of helping undocumented immigrants function in society has political punch. It comes seven years after ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s failed bid to do the same with state drivers’ licenses -- and amid renewed talk of reforming federal immigration laws.
The city’s Human Resources Administration, in charge of public...Read more »
Rep. Pete King (R-Seaford) is headed back to New Hampshire, this time joining other long-shot presidential hopefuls at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference on the weekend of March 14.
Also scheduled to be at the Nashua, N.H. conference hosted by the New Hampshire Republican State Committee are Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum...Read more »
Democratic leaders said they may consider not fielding a candidate to run against Republican Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio in November after his oath of office controversy last week.
Vecchio was reappointed by the town board last week, but still has to face a special election in November unless special legislation is passed in Albany that would allow him to serve out his full four year...Read more »