Spin Cycle

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Nassau: Weitzman pounds Maragos on document disclosures

Former Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman blasted Comptroller George Maragos for failing to turn over public records that were requested from his office on June 24, pointing out that the Freedom of Information Act requires government agencies to turn over the vast majority of government documents requested by the public. "What is George Maragos hiding? Apparently he believes he is above...

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Suozzi decries Mangano 'Tea Party' stances

Democratic Nassau county executive candidate Thomas Suozzi issued a statement Monday attempting to tie Republican County Executive Edward Mangano to the looming federal government shutdown. Suozzi, a Democrat, said Mangano “continues to proudly proclaim that he’s a conservative Tea Party Republican.” The statement then lists Democratic-sponsored gun control legislation that...

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Rep. Peter King: I'll Vote No on GOP Spending Measure

Rep. Peter King has battled the tea party within the GOP for the past couple of years over budgetary and national security policy. His strong disagreements with tea party favorites Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas - whom King called "a fraud" - and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky have led him to test the waters for a lonely, long-shot run for president. Today, the veteran Seaford Republican said...

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Cuomo cites 'lunacy' of shutdown debate

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. (Sept. 21, 2013)

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he had watched "the lunacy that's going on in Congress" this weekend over the federal government shutdown, contrasting it to what he called the more functional politics in Albany. "Government is about finding the commonality, finding the compromise. Government is about moving forward," Cuomo said in front of about 20 North Fork...

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Rep. Israel to House GOP: Say yes to face-saving deal

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) says the Democrats are

(Credit: Bloomberg News)

As the clock ticks down to a partial government shutdown, Rep. Steve Israel said he has persuaded House Democratic leadership to offer the Republican House leadership a face-saving deal that would accept a smaller funding level than Democrats want. Democrats have said they want a funding level of $1.043 billion, but Israel said his party should accept the Republican level of $986 billion -- to...

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Peter King, Chris Christie go uninvited by 'Value Voters' summit

A spokesman for The Value Voters Summit, billing

(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) has hit another bump in his maybe, maybe no, road to the White House. The Value Voters Summit, billing itself as "the premier conservative event of 2013," will hold its annual meeting in Washington from Oct. 11 to 13. The gathering is best known for its presidential straw poll, to be held again this year. Among Republicans invited to speak -- and pose for the...

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Casino support depends on how you ask

A video slot machine at the Resorts World

(Credit: Resorts World Casino)

Do New York voters support casinos? Depends greatly on


you ask. In a poll released Monday, Siena College says when it asked voters whether they favored a constitutional amendment to allow up to seven non-Indian-run casinos in New York, they were evenly divided, 46 percent to 46 percent. But, when callers read the actual, rosy wording of the ballot question voters will see...

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Bellone quip: "Who says I'm running again?"

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said he does not see the county curing its structural budget imbalance until 2016. The Democratic county executive made the comment in a recent budget briefing with reporters. If Bellone’s projections bear out, it would put the straightening of county finances into the first year of a second term. Asked the polticvial implicaitons of such a timetable, Bellone...

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Suffolk: Dem Martinez spent $115G beating Dem Montano

Democratic challenger Monica Martinez spent $114,950 in winning her primary against veteran Legis. Rick Montano, $69,200 of it from the Islip Democratic Committee, according to data from the Suffolk Board of Elections. The Islip Democrats, who transferred money to no other race, in turn got $110,000 from the campaign committees of County Executive Steve Bellone, who gave $50,000, the Suffolk County...

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Suffolk: Horsley's legislative leadership extended to December

Deputy Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley's temporary reign as legislative leader is being extended again. The majority Democratic caucus agreed Friday that the veteran Babylon lawmaker should remain at the helm of the Suffolk County Legislature until year’s end and will formally elect him to the $118,033-a-year post as presiding officer at the Oct. 8 meeting. Horsley, who is now paid $104,400 a year...

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