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'Save New York' panel suddenly saving cash?

As it released its annual report last week, the state ethics commission enacted more disclosure rules governing lobbyists and money.

For some critics, it was a year too late.

The timing reinforced the fact that one of the biggest decisions the panel has made in its short life was this: Last year, it set an effective date for disclosure rules that allowed the “Committee to Save New York,”...

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Mayor Mike's rhetorical staple: My way or the 'die-way'

With nine months to go as New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg has made a habit of saying citizens will die if he isn’t heeded on legislation.

His national push for expanded background checks for gun buyers is but one example.

A bill he opposes for a new NYPD monitor “will put the lives of New Yorkers and our police officers at risk,” he asserted.

When a court voided his big-soda...

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Exec Bellone says Suffolk spent less on outside lawyers

Despite cutbacks to the county attoney staff, Bellone administration officials say they have also reduced the amount spent on outside lawyers.

Deputy County Executive Jon Schneider said the county costs for outside counsel dropped from $1.36 million in 2011 to $837,000 in 2012. The county uses outside attorneys for specialty cases like medical malpractice and litigation where there are conflicts...

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Suffolk: Rep. Israel hires Horst from Bellone office

Katie Horst, part of a local power couple who are a local version of James Carville and Mary Matalin, has left the Bellone administration to become district director for Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills).

Horst, a Democrat who had worked for the past year as a county executive assistant, joined Israel’s staff last month.

Horst is married to Bill Faulk, a long-time legislative aide to Edward...

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B'khaven hires well-connected firm to defend nursing-home ruling

The Democratic Bellone administration has filed a lawsuit claiming a recent Brookhaven zoning board decision on the county nursing home was made out of “purely political motivation.” But the GOP-controlled town has hired a well-connected Democratic firm to defend them.

Brookhaven hired Twomey, Latham, Shea and Kelly to battle county lawyers over the board’s 6-0 vote to deny the county a special...

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Islip's Greene eyes a comeback with legislative run

Former Republican Islip Town board member Pamela Greene has taken a first step toward a political comeback.

Greene, laid off last year by the Bellone administration as head of Suffolk’s real estate office, was screened by the town GOP last week and during the previous weekend by county Conservatives for the county's 8th District legislative seat.

“We had very good conversations,” said...

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Nassau: No county post for lame-duck Freeport mayor

Contrary to insider buzz, defeated Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick will not be joining Nassau Executive Edward Mangano's administration, a source close to Mangano told Newsday.

Rumors circulated that Hardwick, defeated by Robert Kennedy in a March 19 village election, would be hired by Mangano for a post in Nassau's Department of Parks, Recreation & Museums - where Hardwick worked under...

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County exec candidate Haber: 'I'm the new guy'

?Ed Mangano needs to spend half-a-million dollars so

(Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan)

During his initial 30-minute campaign speech at Thursday night’s session of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club, Adam Haber — the multimillionaire Democratic hopeful for Nassau County executive — did not speak against his party competitor for the job, former County Executive Thomas Suozzi.

Instead, he steadily bashed the post’s Republican incumbent, Edward Mangano.

But that changed...

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Trapped in a plane 11 hours, but court dismisses lawsuit

New York?s top court has dismissed a lawsuit

(Credit: AP)

New York's top court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a JetBlue passenger who sued the airline for false imprisonment and emotional distress after travelers were forced to sit on a plane at Kennedy Airport for 11 hours with little food or water while the flight was delayed by a snowstorm.

In refusing to hear the passenger's case, the Court of Appeals upheld a midlevel court ruling that federal...

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Lasting images from the Capitol's wee hours: Vampires and kumquats

Joan Gralla of our Albany bureau filed of this atmospheric snapshot from the woozy wee hours in the state Legisalture. Here it is, a bit late, for entertainment’s sake:

New York State senators latched onto kumquats — a small bitter orange fruit grown mainly in California and Florida — to convey their objections to various aspects of the $136 billion budget they enacted a couple of hours before...

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