Spin Cycle

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Five weeks -- that’s how long Congress is out for the August recess. But Long Island’s congressional lawmakers swear they’ll be working by meeting with constituents and local leaders. It is an election year, after all, but some get to travel: Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) has an eight-day trip to Israel (referring to the House, Rep. Israel said, “I’m going from one war zone to the other”).

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) heads to Russian, Iraq and Kazakhstan. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) goes to New Hampshire and South Carolina to spread the “Pete King GOP message.”

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But Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) will spend his entire time in the district. And New York’s Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will travel around the state and take some time off with their families.