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Sen. Charles Fuschillo to resign from State Senate

New York State Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. (July

(Credit: James Escher)

Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr., a key member of the Long Island Senate delegation since 1998 and an influential Republican lawmaker, resigned effective at midnight Tuesday night to take a job with a nonprofit.

Fuschillo, (R-Merrick), leaves after nearly 16 years in office to become chief executive of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York City. His sudden departure surprised...

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Judge upholds most of NY gun law, strikes down seven-bullet limit

ALBANY -- A federal court on Tuesday upheld most of New York's SAFE Act gun control measure adopted nearly a year ago, but struck down a key provision that limited ammunition magazines to seven bullets.

Chief U.S. District Judge William Sketny in Buffalo agreed with gun owner groups including the State Rifle & Pistol Association that the magazine provision in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's law...

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Cuomo to accused pols: Deny, resign or face expulsion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday two assemblymen accused of sexual harassment must deny the charges or resign.

In an unusually harsh statement released late in the day, Cuomo called the accusations repugnant and said “enough is enough. It’s a new year, let’s start with a clean slate.”

The governor referred to assemblymen Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan) and Dennis Gabryszak (D-Buffalo).

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Ex-Hempstead clerk makes website's 'worst-boss' list

Former Town of Hempstead Clerk Mark Bonilla at

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Former Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla was the 48th-worst boss in the United States in 2013, claims career website eBossWatch.

It was a rough year for Bonilla, a former rising star in the Nassau Republican party who was sentenced to 300 hours of community service for official misconduct in October.

eBossWatch, which said in a statement that it "enables people to anonymously rate...

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NIFA approves more county funding to Mondello law firm

A NIFA board today approved Nassau County's 2014

(Credit: News 12 Long Island)

The Nassau Interim Finance Authority has approved increased funding for two contracts that the county has with a Garden City law firm affiliated with county Republican chairman Joseph Mondello.

At its final meeting of the year, NIFA's board last night OK’d amendments to the existing contracts between the Republican controlled county and Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, for which...

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Ex-AIG head Greenberg files complaint against Schneiderman

Former American International Group CEO Hank Greenberg, under investigation for fraud, has accused New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of trashing him in public statements.

Greenberg filed a complaint Monday with the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics against Schneiderman and spokesmen Matt Mittenthal and Damien LaVera. Greenberg accused them of violating state public...

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Critic reappointed to revamped LIPA board

Matthew Cordaro (Nov. 12, 2013)

(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

One of the most outspoken critics of the revamped Long Island Power Authority has been reappointed to its board of trustees.

Matthew Cordaro has been reappointed to the board by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), the Speaker’s office confirmed Monday. Cordaro, a board member since February, has questioned whether a LIPA downsized by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo can handle its responsibilities.

Cordaro...

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Silver: Accelerate minimum-wage hike [UPDATED]

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is proposing that New York’s minimum wage rise faster than scheduled, to $9 an hour by the end of 2014.

Under a law passed this year, the minimum wage will rise 75 cents an hour to $8 on Wednesday. The next increase under the law would move the minimum wage to $9 an hour by Dec. 31, 2015.

Silver (D-Manhattan) would accelerate that rise to $9 an hour by...

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Ethics board opens up, just a bit

The state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics, long criticized by good-government groups for its closed-door sessions, is agreeing to open up -- a bit.

 In a meeting Monday, Commissioner George Weissman recommended that the public get JCOPE's meeting agendas sooner. Some agendas are released just hours before a meeting.

  Weissman's recommendation was a first met with silence...

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Albany: Cuomo credit scramble extends to Thruway rest areas

At least they didn’t call it “historic.”

During a slow, holiday news week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office touted the opening of a “Taste NY” store at the Chittenango rest area on the NYS Thruway between Utica and Syracuse.

The administration, which likes to pepper its major news releases with “historic,” “landmark” and similar adjectives, routinely finds no item too small to plug. During...

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