Republicans appear poised to unseat three Democratic New York State senators from Long Island and may have won two local open seats, but party officials say the races are too close to call since absentee ballots have yet to be counted.
New York State Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove), who ousted his predecessor 13 year ago, is running in a three-way Democratic primary for Nassau County executive this fall.
Advocates and citizens frustrated with the avalanche of corruption scandals on Long Island and statewide are rallying and organizing other grassroots efforts aimed at pressuring lawmakers into being more ethical and transparent. Local good government groups picketed this week outside the Long Island office of New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), urging him to allow passage of ethics reforms for Albany lawmakers before the legislative session ends June 16. And a New York City-based nonprofit this week announced that it’s suing LI municipalities that fail to turn over financial documents in a statewide citizen-led transparency initiative recently started in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Prosecutors summed up their theory of the case while defenders tried to poke holes in the testimony.
"Find it curious that [state] senate Republican is reaching out to me directly."
"One step at a time. Haha. Your dad prob needs to make a call."
Today, Sheldon Silver got justice, and at long last, so did the people of New York."
"The last thing I wanted to do is alienate...the senator."