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The state Senate gave final passage Tuesday to a bill that would create a pathway for the Montaukett Indian Nation to become a state-recognized tribe. The Senate approved the measure, 62-0, without debate.
The Assembly passed the measure last week, meaning it will now go to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for signature or veto.
Here's more background on the issue....Read more »
A bid by Suffolk and Nassau counties to gain state permission to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to cover lingering debts is dead, a key lawmaker said Tuesday.
The proposal drew significant political opposition and state lawmakers said they could not reach an agreement on the initiative — which would have allowed each county to issue bonds up to $500 million. Backers...Read more »
The Legislature’s top Republican said Tuesday a proposal to allow video slots at off-track betting facilities on Long Island is very much alive as lawmakers try to finalize a casino bill at the State Capitol.
“I’m relatively optimistic,” Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) said, referring to the Island being a part of New York’s plans to expand gambling. Skelos made the prediction...Read more »
Council Speaker Christine Quinn earned plaudits for being on the scene and trying to help during and after the destruction wrought by superstorm Sandy last fall. She's going with a commercial now with testimonials from Breezy Point residents.
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A little like the guys who used to sell Chesterfield cigarettes saying it soothed the T-zone, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has done some past salesmanship he'd probably just as soon forget. Remember the days when he used to go to baseball games with UFT president Randi Weingarten and both would testify to the mature cordiality of their relationship?
That was then, this is now. Bloomberg calls a...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to strengthen abortion rights basically hasn’t gone anywhere since Republicans declared it off limits in January.
Cuomo has proposed a state law that would keep in place current abortion rights under the landmark Roe v. Wade if the decision were ever reversed. No sooner than Cuomo proposed it did Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) say the Senate...Read more »
Nassau County Executive candidate Adam Haber will wage a third-party run if he loses the September Democratic primary, according to New York State Liberal Party Chairman Jack Olchin, who has endorsed the East Hills businessman.
Olchin said Haber promised him during an endorsement interview that he would remain in the county executive race and run on the Liberal line if he does not defeat former...Read more »
Suffolk Legis. DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) has requested an update from State Police on the investigation of the body of a little boy found buried in his family’s Farmingdale backyard last October.
In a letter sent to State Police on Monday, Gregory, chairman of the county Legislature’s Human Services Committee, asked for more information on the progress of the case to “allay any concerns...Read more »
State legislators gave final passage Monday to a bill to allow Long Beach to borrow $12 million to help recover from superstorm Sandy.
The State Senate, in a 56-0 vote, approved the measure, which would permit Long Beach to issue bonds to help it cover lingering debts. The Assembly passed the bill in April.
“The City of Long Beach was one of the most devastated areas affected by...Read more »
Previous reports about Hillary Clinton aide and Anthony Weiner spouse Huma Abedin doing outside consultant work while on the State Department payroll got new exposure with word that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is making further inquiries about the arrangement from his perch as ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Here’s the relevant Politico update.
Clinton, of course,...Read more »