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If comedian-activist Randy Credico goes through with his threat to challenge Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a Democrat primary, Cuomo will benefit handsomely.
Why? Because of the state’s campaign-finance laws.
State law limits an individual to contributing no more than $41,100 to a gubernatorial candidate in a general election. But donors can add $19,700 if the candidate has to compete in an...Read more »
So far, policy clashes between Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio seem to suit the public-relations goals of both. De Blasio pursues his campaign vows by pushing a pre-K tax on top earners and a higher minimum wage for the city while curbing charter schools. By resisting these, fellow Democrat Cuomo -- whose only serious election challenge would come from a Republican -- takes the opportunity...Read more »
In 2005, then-U.S. attorney Chris Christie won the conviction of a former Mercer County, N.J., official for defrauding the public of its right to his "honest services." The official had an interest in a firm with a county contract. Christie based several corruption cases on the controversial federal "honest services" law.
Clearly, the public got more than a share of dishonest service last...Read more »
The New York City Citizens Union, founded in 1897, registered last month as a political committee with the state Board of Elections.
Why now? Dick Dadey, executive director, explains that the group asked the board if this was required -- since the Citizens Union sends its members election candidate evaluations, although it doesn't contribute funds or troops to campaigns. The board answered...Read more »
John P. Cahill, ex-Gov. George Pataki’s former chief of staff and current law partner, weighs a run for attorney general against incumbent Eric T. Schneiderman, a source close to the maybe-candidate said Cahill would have to get the GOP nomination without a primary.
“The only way John goes is if there’s a clear field,” the ally said. “He does not need to be dragged to the right [by a rival]....Read more »
Nassau Comptroller George Maragos must pay a $5,000 fine for failing to keep his campaign fund accounting straight in his failed 2012 U.S. Senate run, the Federal Election Commission disclosed Friday. The FEC filed a complaint after finding Maragos misreported his personal loans to his campaign in the first three months of 2012.
Before the June primary, Maragos reported lending his campaign...Read more »
Democrats have picked Nassau civic activist Patricia Maher to challenge Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who is also considering a possible presidential bid.
Jay Jacobs, Nassau Democratic chairman, said he deferred to Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer on the selection since King’s district is now predominantly in Suffolk. Schaffer said Maher, who lives in East Meadow, was chosen because...Read more »
The Bellone administration has put in for a waiver to hire Larry Slatky, a top Nassau health official, for up to $50,000 to negotiate a contract with Hudson River Healthcare to run the rest of Suffolk’s health centers.
Slatky is executive vice president of operations of NuHealth System, the $545 million public benefit corporation that runs the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow...Read more »
A former Bellone administration spokesman who left his $97,000 a year job late last year when he declined to meet the Suffolk residency requirement will not be joining the county's Industrial Development Agency after all.
Anthony Manetta, Suffolk IDA executive director, said the former aide, Tim Ruggeri, told him he decided not to take the $77,000 a year job, even though the agency has no...Read more »
Brookhaven Republican chairman Jesse Garcia for the first time disclosed last week that he quietly underwent 18 months of chemotherapy in 2008 and 2009 for chronic lymphatic leukemia while running the town party.
Garcia made the disclosure in an e-mail in which he is soliciting donations for him and his eight year old son J. Alex who together are shaving their locks as part of a St. Baldrick's...Read more »