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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.

GOP lawmaker praises Cuomo proposal for domestic terrorism law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a domestic terrorism law in New York got applause from across the aisle on Friday from Assemblyman Brian Miller, who said he worries the country’s divisions have festered into “full blown hatred and violence.” Miller, a second-term Republican from New Hartford whose distended district includes seven towns in Orange, Ulster […]

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Farley makes NRCC’s “On the Radar” list

Chele Chiavacci Farley was one of 43 Republican congressional candidates listed on Friday as promising contenders for the party in potentially competitive districts in 2020. Farley, who plans to challenge Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney for New York 18th Congressional District seat, made the “On the Radar” lineup for the House Republicans’ campaign arm, the […]

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Lawmakers applaud signing of Harper’s Law

State lawmakers voiced appreciation this week for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing a furniture-safety bill that’s meant to prevent devastating accidents like the one that killed a 3-year-old Monroe girl for whom the law was named. Harper’s Law requires dressers and other furniture taller than 27 inches to come with straps or other devices that fasten […]

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Two GOP candidates file papers for NY-19

Two more Republicans have registered as candidates for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat in 2020, expanding the field of potential challengers who hope to take on Rep. Antonio Delgado to three. One new contender is Oneonta resident Tony German, described in published reports as a retired, two-star general and former adjutant general of the […]

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House Dems urge McConnell to convene Senate to take up gun bills

Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney and Antonio Delgado joined nearly all of their fellow House Democrats in signing a letter that urges Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to summon senators back from their August recess to pass two gun-control bills in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. The bills would lengthen the […]

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GOP candidate opens campaign account for NY-19 race

Ulster County resident Mike Roth is the first Republican to signal interest in challenging freshman Rep. Antonio Delgado next year for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat, announcing his candidacy on Facebook on Aug. 3 after creating a fundraising committee with the Federal Election Commission a week earlier. The Wawarsing resident declared on Facebook that […]

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Metzger starts hike-bike-kayak tour of Senate district

State Sen. Jen Metzger is inviting constituents to join her on a hike in Wurtsboro on Monday, the first in a series of multi-modal jaunts she plans to take in the 42nd Senate District this summer to highlight the abundance of outdoor recreational sites in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. “I’m excited to share with […]

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Schmitt touts “immaculate” quarters for ICE detainees in Goshen

On the heels of two protests outside the Orange County Jail over the detained immigrants being held there for federal authorities, Assemblyman Colin Schmitt announced that he toured the jail’s ICE detention areas and found them “immaculately kept.” He said the amenties include “large flat screen TVs, computers with internet and color printing capabilities, exercise […]

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New group seeks Democratic women candidates

A new political group has been formed to recruit Democratic women to run for office at all government levels in the Hudson Valley and raise campaign funds for them. Democratic Women of the Hudson Valley is led by three officers from Orange County who have long been active in local politics: Mickey Morgano, who is […]

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Skoufis plans listening sessions in 39th District

State Sen. James Skoufis will speak with constituents at Betty’s Country Kitchen in Washingtonville on Tuesday, the first of 10 “Skoufis on Your Street” sessions he plans to hold at eateries and other businesses in the 39th Senate District. The Washingtonville visit starts at noon and is scheduled to last an hour and a half, […]

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