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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.

Delgado backs Medicare buy-in proposal

Rep. Antonio Delgado has become the prime House sponsor of a bill first introduced in 2017 that would allow people under 65 to buy Medicare coverage – the “public option” for health insurance that was dropped from the Affordable Care Act before Democrats passed it in 2010. Delgado, the Rhinebeck Democrat who unseated Republican John […]

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Maloney says Mueller report shows unethical conduct by Trump

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said Thursday that his initial take on the newly released special counsel’s report before fully digesting it was that it clearly showed that President Trump’s “conduct has been improper, unethical, and unpatriotic.” “Those findings are no reason to celebrate,” the Cold Spring Democrat said in a statement. Maloney, a member of […]

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Cuomo expands scholarship opportunity for military families

Gov. Andrew Cuomo bypassed a partisan clash in the Legislature by ordering this week that the state expand eligibility for an existing scholarship program that allows the families of military service members who are killed or disabled in combat or combat training to attend any SUNY or CUNY college for free. Assembly Republicans had lambasted […]

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Farley announces $200K in donations, pledges

Republican Chele Chiavacci Farley announced Monday that she has collected more than $200,000 in campaign donations and pledged donations since launching her 2020 campaign for New York’s 18th Congressional District seat last week. Farley opened her account after the first-quarter reporting period and won’t report her campaign finances until July, after the second quarter ends. […]

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Maloney, Delgado pan EPA decision on Hudson cleanup

Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney and Antonio Delgado both denounced a decision announced Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency on the removal of toxic PCBs from the river that bisects each of their congressional districts. The EPA issued a “Certification of Completion of the Remedial Action” to General Electric, which dumped the chemicals into the Hudson […]

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Assembly GOP knocks Dems for blocking Gold Star scholarship bill (updated x2)

(Note: this post has been revised to reflect the fact that the bill would expand eligibility for an existing scholarship program, not create a new scholarship, as the press releases from all three Republicans implied.) Assembly Republicans teed off on their chamber’s ruling party this week after a committee tabled a recurring bill that would […]

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Farley is latest Hudson Valley newcomer to launch bid for Congress

Chele Chiavacci Farley’s move to Tuxedo Park from Manhattan before announcing her run for the 18th Congressional District this week makes her the latest Hudson Valley congressional candidate whose residency choices happened to coincide with political opportunities. Rep. Antonio Delgado, the Democratic freshman representing the neighboring 19th District, moved to Rhinebeck from Montclair, N.J. in […]

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Skoufis says he would have voted against Cuomo’s raise

State Sen. James Skoufis, who stepped out of the Senate chamber before his colleagues voted on a giant raise for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on April 1, clarified in a statement on Tuesday that he would have opposed the pay increase if he had been present for the roll call. “Of course I would’ve voted no,” […]

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Ryan, Hayes set to compete in two Ulster county executive elections

The matchup for two elections for Ulster County executive was set this week with Democrat Pat Ryan and Conservative Jack Hayes filing petitions for the November general election and no other candidates joining the race to force primaries. Ryan and Hayes already had been nominated by Ulster’s Democratic and Republican committees to run in an […]

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New Windsor rivals set for rematch after 14 years

The only two men to run one of Orange County’s largest towns for the last 32 years are set to square off again this year, for the first time since George Green unseated George Meyers as New Windsor supervisor in 2005. Both Georges filed Republican petitions for supervisor this week, setting the stage for a […]

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