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NY Ethics board threatens to release Lopez report

The state ethics panel declared Tuesday it would release its sexual-harassment allegations report involving Assemb. Vito Lopez in mid-May if lawmakers fail to release it themselves. But the warning clashes with legislators’ promise to withhold the report until a special prosecutor determines whether criminal charges should be filed against the once-powerful Brooklyn politician. The state Joint...

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Cuomo inks book deal after downplaying aspirations

HarperCollins announced that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo?s book,

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A major publisher announced Tuesday it has signed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to a book deal, just hours after he tried to downplay his presidential prospects. HarperCollins said Cuomo’s book would be a “full and frank look at his public and private life” and “profound moments” of his term in office. It is slated to be published in 2014; terms weren’t disclosed. “He will reveal the story of his history...

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Islip GOP backs Musumeci over Greene

Islip Republicans have passed over former town board member Pamela Greene and instead named Anthony Musumeci to run for the open Eighth District legislative seat against the son of exiting Presiding Officer William Lindsay (D-Holbrook). “Obviously, it was a difficult decision. Both screened fabulously,” said Frank Tantone, Islip Republican chairman. “But it was decided to go with the younger contender...

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Cuomo court pick to go before Senate panel Tuesday

The state Senate will grill Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s nominee for New York’s top court on Tuesday. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 61, of Manhattan, who is currently a justice on the mid-level Appellate Division bench, will be reviewed by the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee.  Abdus-Salaam would become the first African-American female to serve on the New York Court of Appeals. She would replace...

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Bill backing statehood study fails in Suffolk Legislature

A measure backing a state bill for a study on making Long Island a state failed last week in the Suffolk County Legislature. The home rule message was for a bill introduced by state Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) to create a commission to study the feasibility of creating a state of Long Island, and to authorize a nonbinding referendum on statehood in Nassau and Suffolk in November 2015....

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Fiore-Rosenfeld screens with Dems

A day after prosecutors confiscated his town computers, Brookhaven Town board member Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld appeared before the town Democratic screening committee seeking renomination. Democratic chairman Anthony Parlatore said Fiore-Rosenfeld, of East Setauket, appeared Thursday and told the committee he has done nothing wrong. “They seem to be satisfied with his answers,” Parlatore said. “Right...

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Mangano hires Joanne Maglione, who was Michael Venditto opponent

Joanne Maglione, who ran on the Democratic line against Republican Michael Venditto last fall to fill the Nassau legislative seat of the late Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt, has been hired by the administration of Republican County Executive Edward Mangano. Maglione, a registered Republican from Massapequa Park who practices law under her maiden name of Oweis, started two weeks ago as a $95,000-a-year...

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Cuomo poll numbers slip

A Siena College survey found that just 42

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Two recent polls show Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s broad political appeal dipping, especially upstate. Last week, a Siena College survey found that just 42 percent of upstate residents said they would vote for Cuomo in 2014, compared with 52 percent who preferred “someone else.” A few days later, Marist College reported that 39 percent upstate said they would back Cuomo; 33 percent said they wouldn’t...

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Tracey Bellone unlikely to become a Suffolk parks trustee

It doesn’t look like Tracey Bellone will become a Suffolk parks trustee after all. A resolution that would have changed the qualifications for park trustees, qualifying her to become a board member, was defeated in the county Legislature last week. The name of Bellone, Babylon’s deputy parks commissioner and the wife of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, initially had been put forward...

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Cuomo: I go to great lengths not to engage in presidential politics

In another careful response about 2016, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday he’s not talking about running for president and not waiting to see if Hillary Clinton runs. On the Capitol Pressroom, a public radio program where the governor is a frequent guest, Cuomo first said “no” when asked if he has decided not to run for president in 2016 if Clinton were to run. But the governor went on to add: “There...

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