Brian Foley

The Empire

Dem source: Dem aide 'shot with a pellet gun'

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Suffolk County police are not confirming the incident, but Anne Fenton, a Democratic operative working in a battleground state Senate race on Long Island emails this disturbing dispatch:

A [Democrat Brian] Foley volunteer was shot with a pellet gun this morning while he was putting up signs in Central Islip - the black pick up truck that the pellets came from had a Zeldin sign (police report has been filed). And one of our canvassers was stopped and frisked by Suffolk county police while out campaigning. He was frisked after he showed his ID and his Foley canvassing book.

"We're looking into the incident," a Suffolk County Police spokeswoman told me. "We don't have confirmation."

UPDATE: "It stings a lot," Pellet victim Francisco Hernandez tells Newsday.

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Senate Reaches Tentative Deal in MTA Bailout, But the Devil Is in the Details

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

New York Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says his Democratic caucus has a "framework" for an agreement on Governor Paterson's MTA rescue plan that would minimize fare hikes and service cuts. Last night he met with Long Island senators Craig Johnson and Brian Foley, who had been holding out on the plan.

Foley says one of the things that won him over was Smith's insistence on better oversight of the MTA, including a financial audit.

FOLEY: "If an when the forensic audit is completed, which will show the real expenses and real revenues for the MTA, that then we're gonna be able to make additional adjustments to the payroll tax and other payments that go to the MTA."

Foley and Johnson had been holding out primarily over the payroll tax in Paterson's plan. The governor has sought to placate suburban lawmakers with a proposal to reimburse school districts for the tax. It's not clear if they will instead push to exempt schools from the tax entirely.

Others, including Mayor Bloomberg, complain that though Paterson's plan would avert fare hikes and service cuts, it does nothing to address the agency's long-term capital needs. Paterson says the legislature may take up the capital plan later this year.

PATERSON: "The capital plan is not the issue if you are going over the bridges and the tolls are going up 30 percent, and if you live in a place where there'll be no service at all -- which is going to be the case if we don't address it -- that is the most immediate problem."