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Apr
8
2018

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday rallied Suffolk Democrats to retake the state Senate and defeat Republican members of Congress, highlighting his administration’s progressive record against Republican policies coming out of Washington.

Facing a Democratic primary against actress Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo railed against President Donald Trump and a Republican Party that he said had been taken over by “extreme conservatives” on immigration, the...read more »

Apr
7
2018

They were once known as the Long Island Nine — a solid all-Republican bloc of state senators from Nassau and Suffolk that held tremendous clout for decades on issues from school aid to road construction.

“Years ago, getting a red [Senate] seat in Albany was a mark of prestige for Republicans,” said Desmond Ryan, longtime business lobbyist. “Having a chair in Albany was better than being a congressman. . . . Now it’s all changed. This...read more »

Apr
4
2018

The deal also intensifies the focus on the April 24 special elections, which include two Senate seats.

Democratic Assemb. Luis Sepúlveda is heavily favored to win the Bronx seat vacated by Rubén Díaz Sr., who won election to the New York City Council.

The other race, for the Westchester seat vacated by Democrat George Latimer, now the Westchester County executive, is considered more competitive. But Democrats expect that Assemb...read more »

Mar
1
2018
Suffolk County Water Authority chairman Jim Gaughran of Northport is taking a second shot at the state Senate seat currently held by Carl Marcellino. Gaughran, 61, a former Huntington councilman and Suffolk legislator, this week formed a campaign committee and kicked off what could be a rematch of a race he narrowly lost two years ago. Gaughran and Marcellino squared off two years ago in a race that went to a recount. Marcellino, a Republican...read more »
Feb
27
2018

Democrat Jim Gaughran, chairman of the Suffolk Water Authority, will seek a November rematch against Republican State Sen. Carl Marcellino after losing a close race two years ago.

Gaughran, 61, filed papers in Albany Monday forming a campaign fundraising committee for the November race against the 22-year Republican incumbent in the North Shore Fifth Senate District, which straddles the Nassau-Suffolk border.

“I am running...read more »

Jan
12
2018

While he lavished praise on Kemp Hannon (“He’s brilliant.”) and plugged the four other GOP members of Long Island’s State Senate delegation, Flanagan spent most of his time on his colleague from Oyster Bay. Marcellino, who was at the breakfast, is considered the most vulnerable of Long Island’s GOP senators in an expected rematch with Democrat Jim Gaughran, who came within a hair of winning in 2016.read more »

Dec
7
2017

The Republican-controlled State Senate is starting election season very early, mailing constituent flyers in at least two key suburban districts: the 5th, represented by Carl Marcellino, and the 40th, where Terrence Murphy sits.

This is as early as outreach has ever begun for an election that is 11 months away. It suggests high anxiety for the GOP, which cannot afford to lose a seat from its fragile governing majority of 31 Republicans...read more »

Oct
26
2016
Newsday picks Jim Gaughran to represent parts of Huntington and Oyster Bay.

Carl Marcellino has been a solid member of the New York State Senate for more than 20 years. In that time, he’s done some very good work, especially as a champion of the environment, most recently in securing $200 million in state funds that municipalities can tap for sewer upgrades and related water infrastructure improvements.

But nowadays, Marcellino, 73, is resting mostly on past accomplishments and the traditional policy positions...read more »

Oct
20
2016

Of course the presidential election has stolen the spotlight this campaign season and that is the most critical decision Americans will make November 8, but down ballot there is another important decision to make in the race for New York State Senate in the Fifth District, which includes Northport.

Republican incumbent Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) is being opposed by Democratic challenger James Gaughran, of Eaton’s Neck, a Northport...read more »

Oct
20
2016

Jim Gaughran, the Democratic opponent of Republican Sen. Carl Marcellino on Thursday is set to release an ethics reform package aimed at campaign finance reform and recalling elected officials whose actions impact taxpayers.

“Long Island voters are tired of the corruption and scandals that have rocked state government and yet Senator Marcellino has ignored his constituents and has actually benefitted from the corrupt state quo in...read more »

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