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Chris McKenna

Chris McKenna covers Orange County government and politics for the Times Herald-Record. He has been a reporter at the newspaper since 1999.

Ulster Dems, GOP endorse county exec candidates next week

Ulster County’s Democratic and Republican committees are set to meet next week to endorse candidates for county executive with uncertainty about whether their contenders will run in both a special election to serve this year and in the November election to claim a four-year term. The vacancy arose this month with Mike Hein leaving the [...]

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Seward laments Amazon pull-out

Republican lawmakers representing the mid-Hudson chimed in with a variety of responses on Thursday to Amazon’s announcement that it would abandon its plans to open a giant operation in Queens because of stiff resistance from some community groups and elected officials. “This is a lost opportunity for New York State,” Sen. James Seward, a Republican [...]

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Slight majority of NYers support legal pot in Siena poll

A Siena College poll released this week found 52 percent of New York supporting pot legalization and 42 percent against it, a 10-point spread in favor as lawmakers weigh Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for legalizing and regulating the production and sale of adult-use cannabis. The poll found more supporters than opponents among Democrats and independent [...]

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Former Woodstock supervisor seeks to succeed Hein (updated)

Jeff Moran, who served two terms as Woodstock town supervisor from 2008 to 2012, has joined the field of Democrats seeking the party’s nomination to run for Ulster County executive to succeed Mike Hein, who left the post after 10 years to take a leadership job in state government. Moran said in an email on [...]

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Ryan touts endorsements in Ulster county exec race (updated)

Gardiner resident and recent congressional candidate Pat Ryan has announced the endorsements of two town Democratic committees and two town supervisors in Ulster County is his competition with the two other Democrats hoping to succeed Mike Hein as county executive. Ryan, who came in second in a seven-way primary for New York’s 19th Congressional District [...]

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Maloney supports “Green New Deal” to fight climate change

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, was one of 67 House Democrats to co-sponsor Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal,” a non-binding resolution introduced on Thursday that lays out goals for arresting global warming and creating jobs that has thrilled progressives and invited scorn from Republicans. “Climate change is a clear and present danger,” Maloney [...]

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Monroe judge enters state Supreme Court race (updated)

Monroe Town Justice Steven Milligram, a trial lawyer who has presided over municipal court cases in Monroe for the last seven years, opened a campaign fundraising committee on Wednesday to run for the state Supreme Court seat that Justice Sandra Sciortino must vacate after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 this year. Milligram, a [...]

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Ulster district attorney won’t seek re-election

Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright announced Wednesday that he won’t seek re-election this year, closing his career with a department he has led for the last 11 years. “I have known for many years a day would come when, if I am lucky, I’ll reach a point where I am offered a choice to [...]

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Sped-up petition period approaches for local, county candidates

Candidates for local office in all 24 towns and cities in Orange County will begin collecting petition signatures later this month to get on the ballot as New York jumps into a new political calendar that has started campaign season more than three months earlier than it used to begin. Among the Orange County town supervisors whose seats are [...]

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Maloney: funding shift for border wall could endanger West Point projects

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney warned Monday that funding for four capital projects at the U.S. Military Academy could be at risk if President Trump declares an emergency and orders the military to build the Mexican border wall that he’s been trying to get Congress to fund. Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat who represents West Point [...]

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