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Breaking Point

Tide turns for Skelos, Silver?

Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver might have a little extra bounce in their step after the Justice Department announced Thursday afternoon it will not retry former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on corruption charges.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a major official corruption ruling in June, said prosecutors went too far in criminalizing conduct of elected officials acting on behalf of constituents.

Despite their sentencings, the two former Albany leaders have been allowed to remain out of prison while a federal appeals court decides whether the McDonnell ruling has an impact in their cases.

Rita Ciolli

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Talking Point

Big bucks on Long Island

Chalk up another No. 1 for Long Island: Northport’s police chief was the highest-paid local government employee in New York last year, according to a report released Thursday by the Empire Center, a conservative tax watchdog group.

William L. Ricca was paid $345,659 in the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Empire Center reported.

Northport Village Clerk Donna Koch said that amount probably includes a one-time-only payout, as Ricca was promoted in September 2015. His unused vacation and sick time would have been paid to him before he started as police chief.

Ricca was a Northport Village police lieutenant with more than 30 years in law enforcement when he took over for longtime Chief Eric “Ric” Bruckenthal, who retired.

In a village of 7,400 people, that’s $46 per person toward Ricca’s 2015-16 compensation.

Anne Michaud

Pencil Point

First dabs at being our cartoonist

Point subscribers get the first look at this week’s caption contest from cartoonist Matt Davies. Click here to send us a caption for this cartoon (and to vote for your favorite).


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