Spin Cycle

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Oslo mayor: Obama envoy pick from L.I. seems less than 'interested' in Norway

Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang on Sunday said in a nationally broadcast interview on Norway Broadcasting Corporation that he opposed the nomination of Long Island businessman George Tsunis to become U.S. ambassador to Norway, calling him an "unprofessional ambassador."

Stang, a member of the Conservative Party, criticized Tsunis for his fumbling performance in his confirmation hearing before the...

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Angie Carpenter seeks state opinions on planned merger of 2 offices

Though her own job is no longer in

(Credit: Mario Gonzalez)

Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter has written to both state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman seeking an opinion on whether its legal to merge her office with that of Suffolk comptroller.

Carpenter said she made her request after first writing County Executive Steve Bellone asking him to seek opinions from the state before signing legislation that...

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Klein, Koppell say they've filed petitions for key Senate primary

Senate co-leader Jeff Klein and rival Oliver Koppell filed petitions Monday to square off in a key Democrat primary in September.

 Klein (D-Bronx) said he's filed more than 9,000 petitions signatures - three times the number needed to get on the ballot. Koppell said he's filed 5,000. The district straddles Bronx and Westchester counties.

 Candidates have to file petition signatures...

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LI exec named to casino siting board

Kevin Law, chief executive of the Long Island

(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Kevin Law, president and CEO of the Long Island Association, has been appointed to the panel that will determine the locations of four upstate casinos.

The state Gaming Commission announced it tapped Law and Dennis E. Glazer, an attorney and husband of Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, to its five-member New York Gaming Facility Location Board which will select applicants...

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Top Bellone aide, an ex-Rikers captain, tapped as NYC deputy commissioner

Eric Toulon Jr. begins his new job July

(Credit: Suffolk County Water Authority)

Errol Toulon Jr., the Bellone administration's top law enforcement adviser, is exiting county government to return to the New York City Department of Correction where he is taking a $185,000-a-year job as first deputy commissioner.

Toulon, a $125,515-a-year assistant deputy county executive, departs after nearly two years overseeing the county’s new traffic court and Fire, Rescue and Emergency...

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Nassau Democrats pick candidate for new Family Court slot

Nassau District Court Judge Helen Voutsinas on Aug.

(Credit: Pablo Corradi)

Nassau Democrats have named Nassau District Court Judge Helen Voutsinas as their candidate for the new family court judgeship created in Albany last month.

Voutsinas, 40, of Freeport, earlier served as an assistant town attorney in North Hempstead and as deputy majority counsel to the Nassau Legislature. In 2006 she was president of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association.

A spokesman...

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State pols warn hour's late for LIRR pact, but keep remarks neutral

When three state senators held a news conference urging Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to intervene in the Long Island Rail Road labor dispute, they judiciously avoided offering opinions on tricky particulars -- such as what a fair wage deal might look like.

Appearing Wednesday at the Hicksville LIRR station, Sens. Jack Martins (R-Mineola), Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) and Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City)...

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6th AD: Ramos rival Serpa not yet an Independence member

Victoria Serpa labels herself as an Independence Party candidate running on the Republican line against Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-North Bay Shore), but the Brentwood resident is still officially listed at the Suffolk Board of Elections as a Democrat.

Serpa said she changed her voter registration to Independence Party membership last year, but unless she made the change by Oct 11, her enrollment...

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The week to come shapes election ballots as petitions are filed

New Yorkers will learn a lot about this fall’s political races over the next seven days.

Upstarts aiming to challenge party-backed candidates must submit petition signatures by Thursday to try to get on the ballot. On a statewide level, the question is whether Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu will file sufficient petitions to challenge Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lieutenant governor candidate Kathy...

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A midterm departure by DA Rice would alter Nassau ballot cycle

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice outside the

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Many local politicos know that if Democratic Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice wins a congressional seat, and thus vacates her current job by Jan. 3, the governor could then pick her replacement for the rest of 2015. An election for DA would follow in November.

But even some seasoned operatives didn't realize when contacted last week that a special election for DA would carry a full four-year...

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