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Reps. McCarthy, Israel back Suozzi for county executive

U.S. Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) and Steve Israel

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Two Democratic members of Nassau’s delegation in Congress have endorsed Thomas Suozzi for county executive. Reps. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) announced their endorsement on Friday, becoming the first two members of Congress to back a candidate in the Democratic primary between Suozzi and East Hills businessman Adam Haber. “Tom Suozzi will bring renewed vision and...

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New state push to ban use of cell phones by young drivers

A driver uses a cell phone in a

(Credit: AP)

There's a renewed push at the State Capitol for a bill that would prohibit the use of cellphones -- including hands-free devices -- by drivers who hold learner's permits. The State Senate passed the measure Thursday, and lawmakers expect it to be in the mix of legislation as they move to the homestretch of the 2013 legislative session. The primary sponsor, Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset), said...

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Nassau primary: Haber takes to the airwaves on Suozzi clients

Democratic candidate Adam Haber has released the first radio advertisement of the Nassau county executive campaign – a one-minute spot that criticizes his opponent, Thomas Suozzi, for representing catering hall owners embroiled in a dispute with wait staff over back tips. The ad, “Tom the Tip Taker,” will begin running on Friday on WCBS Radio 880 during the morning rush hour. The campaign declined...

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NYC: How Kelly came to greet Memorial Day parade watchers

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly joins in

(Credit: Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Inc.)

Politicians of all stripes showed up to march, as is a regional tradition, in the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade on Monday. Among those who shook hands and greeted guests, apart from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his team, was Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. He's not a politician, at least not yet. Some observers thought it seemed as if Kelly were in campaign mode. We'll know soon whether...

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Att. Gen. Holder turns to ex-Schumer aide for damage control

The beleaguered U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is turning to a spokesman trained by Sen. Chuck Schumer - known for his aggressive and often canny news media strategies - to help him ride out what looks like a rough series of Congressional hearings on a series of Republican charges. Brian Fallon, 31, who has been with Schumer for six years will start later this summer, the Wall Street Journal...

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Skelos voices optimism on LIPA proposal

The State Legislature’s top Republican said Wednesday lawmakers are “75 percent of the way there” toward working out terms for an overhauled Long Island Power Authority. For what it’s worth, Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) sounded more optimistic about resolving the issue than Assembly Democrats who have criticized Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to dramatically shrink LIPA and...

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Brooklyn Assemb. becomes 2nd Dem to call for Silver resignation

Assemb. Inez Barron has become the first female Democrat to call for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign in the wake of his handling of a sexual harassment scandal. Barron (D-Brooklyn), in a press release distributed Tuesday, said Silver’s actions amounted to an “unacceptable attempt to cover up the allegations of sexual harassment brought by two female employees” against former Assemb....

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How L.I. Assembly delegation voted on marijuana decriminalization bill

The State Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana by a vote of 80-60, largely along party lines. The measure (details here) faces long odds in the State Senate. It's also uncertain how much force Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will put behind the issue. Below is how Long Island Assembly members voted. Nassau County

Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook)...

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NYC: New Kelly-for-mayor drive and the power of positive polling

Turns out that the polls taken last week on Ray Kelly were carried out by Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway who has told reporters that the results show the police commissioner would be well situated for a mayoral race. Kelly still hasn't indicated he'd run, either by trying to gain the Republican nomination or on some other line. One report of the results is here. He purportedly shows well...

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Nassau Dem committee tries turning tables on Haber in catering hall kerfuffle

Adam Haber, Nassau County executive candidate, in the

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Democratic County executive candidate Adam Haber took aim at party officials on Tuesday for hosting their annual convention at Chateau Briand, a Carle Place catering hall embroiled in a lawsuit over the nonpayment of tips to servers. But, Democratic Party Leader Jay Jacobs claims Haber is being hypocritical as he was scheduled to host a fundraiser at another catering hall embroiled in the same...

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