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Paul LaRocco joined Newsday in November 2010, covering the Town of Oyster Bay, City of Glen Cove and the nearby incorporated villages. In the fall of 2011, he began writing about Suffolk County government and politics. Before coming to Newsday, LaRocco worked as a reporter at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., and The Record-Journal in Meriden, Conn.
ALBANY _ Republican Rob Astorino on Wednesday slammed Donald Trump as running a circus in his latest flirtation with a run for governor
Astorino and Trump now each claim support from a majority of Republican county chairmen statewide who could pick a nominee to run against Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
But Republican leaders are now torn between the celebrity of Trump in his latest...Read more »
ALBANY — AT&T Inc. allowed the federal government to conduct wiretaps on just under 36,000 customers in the first six months of 2013, according to a report released after pressure from New York State’s comptroller.
AT&T’s “transparency report” shows the company facilitated the wiretaps under the federal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office...Read more »
Congressional candidate Frank Scaturro this morning announced that his campaign has picked up the endorsement of the former governor of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
Luis Fortuño, who held office from 2009 through 2012, said in a statement that Scaturro – a New Hyde Park Republican seeking to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy in the 4th district – would support “a fiscally responsible, pro-growth...Read more »
In the latest 'House of Cards' episode on Netflix, the character who plays one of the House caucus leaders, a California Congressman, dismisses wine from a Long Island colleague's district as tasting like urine, "compared to what we have in Napa."
Linked here is a good summary of the plot and dialogue.
The Long Island colleague is purportedly Tim Bishop-like, or at least his fictional...Read more »
ALBANY – A college program for prisoners, which supporters say has turned hundreds of felons into productive citizens while saving taxpayers millions, faces growing opposition by state Republicans who say scarce resources are needed for law-abiding students.
While the state spends $60,000 a year to keep a prisoner incarcerated and 40 percent of those released return to prison, the current...Read more »
ALBANY -- Discord within New York's powerful ethics board, which has long been criticized for its secrecy, spilled into a public session Tuesday in which some commissioners complained about recent secret meetings that they felt violated state law and the board's pledge of transparency.
One member of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, Marvin Jacob, argued that conducting private meetings...Read more »
Grant Lally, a Mineola attorney who once worked on George W. Bush’s 2000 Florida recount battle, has announced he will challenge Democratic Rep. Steve Israel in the November general election.
Lally, 52, of Lloyd Harbor, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1994 and 1996 against then-Rep. Gary Ackerman, could face a GOP primary from Stephen Labate, an Iraq War veteran who lost to Israel in...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who's running for re-election this year, is due to swing through Nassau County on March 31 to attend the $600-per-head spring dinner of the county Democratic committee -- putting him on an invitation jointly with chairman Jay Jacobs. At the risk of understatement, those two haven't always seen eye to eye.
Retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) is to be honored. Nassau...Read more »
ALBANY — New York’s highest court handed Nassau County a loss Tuesday in denying its bid to no longer reimburse taxpayers when individuals and businesses successfully challenge their property tax assessments.
The county had sought to push that cost down to local governments, school districts and special districts. The cost can be substantial, often involving massive property assessments owned...Read more »
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 »