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Christian M. Wade has covered politics and government for nearly 15 years. He cut his teeth as a journalist overseas, beginning in the West Indies and later China. He has reported for major U.S. news organizations such as the Associated Press, United Press International and most recently The Tampa Tribune, where he covered state and municipal government, including preparations for the 2012 Republican National Convention. He joined Newsday in March 2012.
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Not one to let an opportunity pass, state Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) is trying to parlay an on-air skirmish with CNN's Piers Morgan into some campaign dollars.
On Tuesday, the Republican lawmaker, known for his conservative views, sent an email blast to supporters patting himself on the back for putting "Piers in his place" and banging on his tin cup for contributions.
"Just...Read more »
If you're passing through New Rochelle in the next few weeks, you might want to be sure not to run any red lights. New Rochelle officials are studying several intersections to see whether they are dangerous enough to warrant the installation of red light cameras to crack down on traffic scofflaws. To install the controversial traffic control devices the city would need state legislative approval...Read more »
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) raised more than $500,000 in the first quarter of 2013, an eye-popping haul for a freshman lawmaker.
Maloney, 46, defeated Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth last November. He was one of 82 freshmen joining the 435-seat House, where Republicans continue to hold a 233-200 advantage despite losing a net eight seats in November.
“I’m overwhelmed...Read more »
The election is more than eight months away, but Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster has already drawn her first challenger for the city's top job.
Frank Catalina, a Republican, lawyer in private practice and former Peekskill city attorney, filed paperwork last week with the New York state Board of Elections seeking his party's nomination to run for mayor in the November election.
Catalina,...Read more »
With its cracked asphalt, crumbling sidewalks and stone walls, the gateway to Peekskill from Route 6 -- otherwise known as Main Street -- doesn't do much to instill civic pride. But city officials say they are hoping to change that blighted image and are considering a proposed face-lift along Main Street, from High Street to Hamilton Avenue. The project would add pedestrian-friendly amenities, including...Read more »
The Mount Vernon Ethics Board met briefly behind closed doors Tuesday night with City Council members to discuss the volunteer board's ongoing probes of alleged ethical violations by Mayor Ernie Davis' senior staff.
Council members went into executive session shortly after convening the work session and spoke with four members of the Ethics Board for about 10 minutes. Board members left abruptly,...Read more »
Assemb. Annie Rabbitt (R-Greenwood Lake) is taking aim at the state's tough new gun control laws, creating an online petition drive to repeal the package of legislation passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
In particular, Rabbitt is chafing at the provision that calls for a new statewide gun registry -- estimated to cost $36 million to create -- and another provision...Read more »
After several rounds of layoffs, the City of Peekskill's employees have seen their workload increase so much that the city is considering closing down City Hall an hour early every day to give them more time to do their jobs without distractions from the public.
The proposal, pitched by Acting City Manager Brian Havranek, would close City Hall at 4 p.m. during the week to allow workers more...Read more »
On Tuesday, the Yonkers City Council will be abuzz with a controversial pair of ordinances that, if approved, would allow residents to keep beehives and chicken coops in their backyards.
Council President Chuck Lesnick, a Democrat, is pushing the move, arguing that beehives and chicken coops, like organic gardens, are increasingly popping up in urban backyards and that the city should be encouraging...Read more »
As Beltway lawmakers weigh new gun restrictions in the wake of the Newtown massacre, a former congressional candidate plans to hold a "gun appreciation day" rally in White Plains on Saturday to protest tougher gun control.
Frank Morganthaler, a Hawthorne conservative who ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey in the November elections, is organizing the rally, which...Read more »