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Influential Cuomo ally closing shop

One of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s strongest and effective allies is disbanding. The Committee to Save New York, a business-based consortium that raised $17 million to help Cuomo advance his agenda during his crucial first two years in office, is shutting down, said spokesman Michael McKeon. Formed in late 2010 at the governor’s urging, the Committee to Save New York quickly became one of the biggest...

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NYC: Thompson adviser dissects 'irreconcilable' polls, again

The uber-analytic consultant Bruce Gyory has penned another memo to mayoral candidate Bill Thompson's campaign manager Jonathan Prince. Obtained by Newsday, the latest piece dissects and contrasts recent public polls -- and the conflicts in the snapshot stories that they tell. For an interesting chunk of insider-ish discussion, here's the text: On August 16th , I sent you a memo analyzing the Siena/NYT...

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NYC: A look at Hynes challenger's record as federal prosecutor

With Manhattan lawyer Kenneth Thompson running against incumbent Charles J. Hynes for Brooklyn District Attorney,  it becomes fair to ask how the challenger fared in his one major stint as a prosecutor.    Thompson, who became prominent two years ago as the attorney for hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, the alleged victim in the sexual assault case against French politician Dominique...

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New AMNY-News 12 poll shows an anti-Spitzer backlash in NYC

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's initial sky-high poll numbers against Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer have fallen to earth, according to the latest numbers, which show the two Democratic candidates virtually tied now. "I don't think this is pro-Stringer. This is all anti-Spitzer," said pollster Mike Berland. "I think we're seeing the white voters rejecting Spitzer." He...

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NY top court to review local 'fracking' bans

New York’s top court will step in to the debate over natural gas drilling when it hears two cases involving town bans on a drilling technique called horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The Court of Appeals said Thursday it would hear appeals by companies trying to overturn bans in Dryden (just outside Ithaca) and Middlefield (which contains part of the village of Cooperstown). Typically,...

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NYC: Q poll sees de Blasio surge, launching new expectation game

Now, the Quinnipiac poll has Bill de Blasio surging to 36 percent among Democrats for the Sept. 10 primary, with Christine Quinn at 21 percent and Bill Thompson at 20 percent, and Anthony Weiner at 8 percent, barely leading John Liu. If de Blasio reaches 40 percent when the actual vote is counted, he avoids a runoff against the next highest candidate. But by raising that possibility, Quinnipiac...

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Mayor Mike's Council conflict: 'Deadly pandering' v. 'effective speaker'

After the New York City Council last week overrode his vetoes of two controversial police-related bills, Mayor Michael Bloomberg branded the action "election-year politics at its worst and political pandering at its most deadly." That's some pretty grim talk, suggesting as it does that anyone who took part in passing the legislation threatens the people's safety. Council Speaker Christine...

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Flanagan endorses Vecchio in Smithtown supervisor race

Smithtown Town Hall

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) endorsed Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio this afternoon for re-election outside of town hall. Vecchio will face Smithtown councilman Robert Creighton in a republican primary election on Sept. 10. "We have worked together for 11 years since I've been in Senate. It's always been a good strong, positive working relationship," said Flanagan...

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State: Pharmacy violations spark Medicaid rejection

The state has denied a Manhasset pharmacy’s participation as a Medicaid provider after inspectors found expired drugs, no running hot water and general unsanitary conditions, an official said Tuesday. Mercaldo Apothecary Inc., doing business as Maclennan Pharmacy on Plandome Road in Manhasset, has been rejected as a Medicaid provider, according to state Medicaid Inspector General James Cox. A Mercaldo...

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Cute children: a county executive candidate's campaign ad standby

If Tom Suozzi’s new campaign ad – featuring precocious young children and jaunty music – looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it before from a Democratic county executive candidate on Long Island. Suozzi, the former Nassau County executive who is seeking to reclaim his old seat, released his latest television ad, titled “Counting,” on Monday. In it, cute children (alternately set in a classroom,...

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