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Former GOP mayoral candidate backing Kolb for governor

The following is an expanded version of the third item of my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions: Staten Island Republican state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who lost to Mayor de Blasio in November, says she is throwing her support for governor behind her Assembly GOP leader, …

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GOP: Mayer a hypocrite over sexual harassment

The following is an expanded version of the fourth item from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions: A state assemblywoman planning to run for a key vacant state Senate seat in Westchester County  is being accused by political foes of hypocrisy when it comes to …

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Cuomo tries to project business as usual during Percoco trial

The following is the fifth item from my “Albany Insider” column that was cut for space in Monday’s print editions: The trial of Gov. Cuomo’s long-time aide and confidante Joseph Percoco may be causing consternation behind closed doors, but the public image the governor sought to project …

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Omarosa Manigault to join ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ cast

From one reality show to another. Omarosa Manigault-Newman is poised to compete in “Celebrity Big Brother” after being booted from Trump’s White House under disputed circumstances in December. A promo that aired Sunday night during the Grammys featured the ousted Office of Public Liaison communications …

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Cuomo, N.Y. officials reach deal on Lavern’s Law

Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders have struck a deal for the medical malpractice bill known as Lavern’s Law to be signed into law. Cuomo plans to sign the bill this week after the legislature votes this week to make amendments to the version it passed in June. …

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