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New Nassau legislator says he still enjoys job despite county troubles

Michael Venditto, the new 12th District legislator.

(Credit: Handout, 2012)

It's been three months since Michael Venditto, 31, son of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, gave up his $94,000 job as counsel to the Hempstead Town Board to become the Republican county legislator from Massapequa, for less than half his salary. Since then, service agencies staged protests at the legislature over budget cuts; lawmakers have yelled at each during heated debates; the county has...

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Fallout widens from appellate ruling on Nassau taxes

As passed along by Newsday's Celeste Hadrick, Frank Moroney, senior adviser to Nassau's GOP legislative majority, said Wednesday night that counsel is reviewing the Appellate Division decision that knocks down the county's pass-along of school-tax refund obligations. Democratic legislative minority leader Kevan Abrahams was more expansive. He said: “The Democratic caucus voted against the unconstitutional...

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Dems tout court's nixing Nassau bid to shed tax-refund costs

From Newsday's Celeste Hadrick and Jo Napolitano: A state appeals court Wednesday rejected Nassau's attempt to shift the cost of property tax refunds to school districts and towns in a decision that could cost the county $80 million a year.

A four-judge Appellate Division panel unanimously ruled that Nassau's repeal of the "county guaranty" violates the New York Constitution and...

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Cuomo: Fla. fundraising not about 2016

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has two upcoming fundraising trips to Florida, including one that features a Paul Simon concert. But he says it’s not about raising money to run for president in 2016. “It’s about raising money. That’s what it’s about,” Cuomo told reporters Wednesday at the State Capitol. “It’s not about the music, I can tell you that. Paul Simon is great, but . . . ” Cuomo already has stockpiled...

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Haber challenges Suozzi to 18 debates before Nassau Democratic primary

The race for Nassau County Executive, already expected to be the most expensive ever, could also be most extensively debated. Roslyn School Board member Adam Haber has challenged his only declared opponent, former County Executive Thomas Suozzi, to a marathon 18 debates across Nassau County prior to the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. The proposal calls for three debates per month from March through...

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Nassau comptroller receives financial reporting award

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos’ office was recognized on Wednesday for “excellence in financial reporting” by the Government Finance Officers Association. The Nassau comptroller’s office has won the award 28 consecutive years, including the past three with Maragos at the helm. Other counties, including Suffolk, also receive the award. “During these difficult economic times, where municipalities...

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LI pols can't get direct answer on LIPA-privatization data

It was clear Wednesday that Long Island lawmakers are itchy to know when they’ll see the financial figures a consultant and the Cuomo administration are using to recommend privatizing the Long Island Power Authority.

The answer: not soon. “When are we going to see those [financial] models?” Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) grilled New York Power Authority President Gil Quinones. “We...

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Assemb. Dov Hikind gets the 'Daily Show' treatment

To no surprise, Assemb. Dov Hikind garnered national attention after a photo surfaced of him wearing blackface. Hikind (D-Brooklyn) was the subject of not one but two segments on "The Daily Show."  In one piece headlined "Crazy Stupid Dov," host Jon Stewart focused on "how a guy who routinely and loudly demands apologies every time his group gets slighted...

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Quinn leads Dems in NYC primary poll

Christine Quinn speaks onstage at the Michael Kors-Golden

(Credit: Getty Images)

A new poll released Wednesday shows New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn continues to gain steam in the Democratic primary for mayor. Quinnipiac University found that 37 percent of Democratic voters surveyed said they would support Quinn, putting her well ahead of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (14 percent), former Democratic mayoral candidate William Thompson (11) and City Comptroller...

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Lindsay son explores run for father's seat

The son of Suffolk Legislative Presiding Officer William Lindsay has taken his first official step toward running for his father’s seat. The younger Lindsay, also named William, filed papers Feb. 19 forming a campaign committee for the 8th District, the seat his father has held for the past 11 years. The elder Lindsay, a Democrat from Holbrook, cannot seek re-election because of the county’s term-limit...

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