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Governor Cuomo Taking "See How it Goes" Approach to Possible LIRR Strike

by Associated Press
LIRR Train.

ShellyS, Flickr

Anxiety is growing among the nearly 300,000 daily riders caught in the middle of a labor dispute involving the Long Island Road.

   Unions have threatened a strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday unless they get a new contract.

   No talks were scheduled Tuesday between the unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. That's the agency that operates the LIRR.

   Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is taking a "see how it goes" approach to the dispute.

Democrats Question NY Gubernatorial Candidate for Work with Media Company

by Associated Press
Rob Astorino at Press Conference.

New York District US Army Corps of Engineers, Flickr

Democrats criticized Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Friday over work he does for a national media company, saying it may violate ethics rules in Westchester County, where Astorino is county executive.

   Astorino makes about $30,000 a year advising Townsquare Media on radio station programming. He is a former radio producer who was elected county executive in 2009.

   Mike Morey, spokesman for an anti-Astorino group organized by Westchester Democrats, said the county charter requires the executive to be a full-time staffer.

NY's Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones Intact

by Associated Press, Michael Virtanen
Planned Parenthood Protestors

ProgressOhio, Wikimedia

New York's attorney general told police Thursday that legal buffer zones around abortion clinics are intact in 22 of the state's counties despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 35-foot protest-free zone outside clinics in Massachusetts

Deadline Arrives for New York Casino Applications

by Associated Press
Casino.

Markus Ortner, Flickr 

Forget fax machines or email attachments - developers hoping to build casinos in New York state are using boxes, binders and trucks to submit their proposals to gambling regulators.

   Monday afternoon is the deadline for applications for one of up to four upstate casino licenses expected to be awarded this fall.

   Contenders include local investors and international gambling companies. The applications are detailed and long, with multiple copies required.

LIRR Contract Talks End Early - Strike Talk Grows

by Associated Press
LIRR.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Flickr

A union leader says a strike next month is more likely after talks with the management of the Long Island Rail Road ended abruptly Friday.

Newsday reports the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and union leaders met for less than two hours before negotiations ended.

Christopher Natale of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen says his members are preparing for a strike.

NY Governor Cuomo Invokes Gumby

by Associated Press
Gumby

Jesse Dybka, Flickr

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has again compared himself to Gumby when describing his approach to negotiations.

   The Democratic governor told reporters Wednesday that he "is a veritable Gumby" when it comes to his ability to strike a compromise.

   His comments were in reference to ongoing talks with lawmakers about authorizing medical marijuana in New York state.

Representative Charles Rangel and State Senator Adriano Espaillat Take the Stage for a Debate

by Kris Venezia
Rep. Rangel

Azi Paybarah, Flickr 

A recent Siena College/New York Times poll showed 84-year old Representative Charles Rangel with a narrow lead over state Senator Adriano Espaillat. 

The two are fighting for the 13th Congressional District which encompasses parts of Upper Manhattan and the western Bronx. At a debate Wednesday night at Lehman College in the Bronx, Espaillat focused much of his discussion on improving housing conditions and immigration reform in the predominantly Latino district. 

He said Congress needs someone who understands the issues immigrants face. 

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