On Tuesday, November 8th, voters on the East End of Long Island had an important environmental decision to make on their ballots: whether or not to extend the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) in the five East End towns. Voters have spoken and the results showed a resounding desire to extend the CPF, the vital 2% real estate transfer tax that protects and preserves local farmland, water quality and open space. This ballot initiative to extend the CPF from 2030 to 2050 is important because of the environmental risks of inaction on the initiative were enormous. The revenue generated from the CPF goes toward protecting land and water out across Suffolk County, and by voting yes on Proposition 1, East End...| read more ››
Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo discussed the 2016 presidential election at a media availability in Syracuse. Audio is available here.
A rush transcript is available below:
Reporter: About Donald Trump. Are you walking back on comments you previously made? You said Trump could be good for New York, but you also said he was un-New York.
Governor Cuomo: You need to separate two different facts. Number one, I have grave philosophical differences with the positions that Donald Trump laid out in the campaign. That is not going to change, that is not going to go away. I also think that dialogue and that debate is a healthy one for this country. This state of New York has a proud legacy...| read more ››
Voters in New York encountering problems Tuesday during the general election can call an Election Day hotline for help, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.
Schneiderman said his office has created the hotline to help troubleshoot and resolve a range of issues and barriers encountered by voters at the polls, according to a Friday news release.
Schneiderman urged voters experiencing problems or issues at the polls to call the hotline at 800-771-7755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time on Tuesday between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
His office has operated the hotline since November 2012. Since then, his office has fielded hundreds of complaints from voters across the state and worked with local election officials and others to promptly address...| read more ››
The 1st Congressional District starts on the East End of Long Island and reaches all the way to denser western Suffolk towns. It includes some of the most expensive real estate in the world, as well as working farms, a major research university and many working-class hamlets stung hard by a lack of opportunity.
It’s a district narrowly won by Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. In 2014, it turned out an incumbent Democrat to elect Lee Zeldin, a Republican.
Zeldin, disappointingly, is not representing it very well, not respecting its diversity of views and people. All too often, he has aligned himself with the most archconservative groups in his party.
In 2015, Zeldin was the only member of New...| read more ››
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told an audience of more than 1,000 Long Island business and political leaders Tuesday that he will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president, citing her experience, temperament and — in a jab at GOP nominee Donald Trump — her “stamina.”
Powell, speaking at the Long Island Association fall luncheon in Woodbury, was harshly critical of Trump, arguing that the New York businessman was “not qualified” to serve as commander and chief and had sold Americans a “bill of goods” that he cannot deliver.
“He insults us every day,” said Powell, who served as secretary of state under Republican President George W. Bush.
“He has insulted America in one way almost every day,” Powell...| read more ››