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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.

Cuomo blasts “double taxation” for New York in GOP tax bill

Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his speech at an annual grants ceremony in Albany on Wednesday to uncork another scorching criticism of the Republican tax bill headed to a final vote next week and the new burden it would place on New York and other high-tax states. Cuomo, there to announce the latest distribution of state [...]

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GOP assemblyman rips Cuomo for annual grant awards

A Republican assemblyman from Dutchess County unloaded on Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an op-ed column on Friday, following a ceremony in Albany in which the Democratic governor celebrated the latest winners of an annual competition for state economic development funding. Kieran Michael Lalor, whose district is directly across the Hudson River from Newburgh, gave a [...]

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Maloney waged last-ditch push to preserve net neutrality

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney was on the front lines of a partisan fight over internet control on Wednesday, making a final pitch on the House floor for a bill that would have stopped the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission from quashing “net neutrality” the next day. “They’re about to ‘fix’ something that is not broken,” the [...]

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Renewed push for Child Victims Act will target Larkin, Bonacic

Advocates for legislation to extend New York’s unusually short time limit for adults who were sexually abused as children to sue and seek criminal charges announced a renewed push to enact the stalled Child Victims Act in 2018 and listed senators John Bonacic and Bill Larkin among their upcoming campaign targets. Senate Republican leaders have [...]

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Final push nearly emptied Neuhaus’ campaign account

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus had less than $20,000 left in his campaign account for a short period after a torrent of spending in the final weeks of his successful re-election race last month against Democratic challenger Patrick Davis. The financial report his campaign filed on Monday shows $163,492 in expenses since Oct. 23, including [...]

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Maloney blasts GOP for hypocrisy on tax bill and Roy Moore

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney delivered a short, fiery speech on the floor of the House of Representatives this week to accuse his Republican colleagues of hypocrisy for supporting both a deficit-expanding tax bill and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who’s accused of sexually harassing and assaulting teenagers. The Cold Spring Democrat called the tax bill, [...]

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Ryan highlights military background in campaign video

Congressional candidate Pat Ryan has released a campaign video in which he describes his service as an Army officer in Iraq and how his experience with antiquated Army technology inspired him to design better equipment when he returned to civilian life in the U.S. Ryan, one of six Democrats vying to challenge Republican Rep. John [...]

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Skoufis-Larkin bill aims to expand ranks of organ donors (updated)

New Yorkers could opt to become organ, tissue and eye donors by checking a box when they apply for sporting licenses or renew them under a bill that Assemblyman James Skoufis and state Sen. Bill Larkin are sponsoring. Skoufis, a Woodbury Democrat, introduced legislation on Oct. 20 that would add a question to applications for [...]

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Praise for Cuomo and a notable absence at Woodbury announcement (updated X 2)

Elected officials from both parties were there to cheer on Wednesday in Harriman as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the start of a $150 million interchange upgrade that Woodbury officials have sought for many years. State Sen. Bill Larkin, a Cornwall-on-Hudson Republican who represents the area, stood with Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, a Forestburgh Democrat, to make [...]

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Gunther presses Charter CEO on broadband access

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has sent a letter to the head of cable provider Charter Communications on behalf of residents in rural parts of her district who don’t have broadband service and still rely on clunky, outdated dial-up internet connections. In a letter to Charter’s CEO and chairman, Thomas Rutledge, the Forestburgh Democrat points out that [...]

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