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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.

Ryan, Molinaro vow to join lawsuit against EPA over Hudson cleanup

County executives from across the aisle and across the Hudson River announced this month that their counties – Ulster and Dutchess – will file a supporting brief in the state’s lawsuit demanding the federal government order more PCB dredging in the Hudson. State Attorney General Letitia James brought the case against the Environmental Protection Agency […]

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Candidate enters race to take on Metzger in 2020 (updated)

The former owner of a local school-bus company plans to challenge state Sen. Jen Metzger for the 42nd Senate District seat next year. Mike Martucci of Wawayanda opened a campaign fundraising committee for the seat on Thursday. He’s not enrolled in either political party, but presumably would run as a Republican against Metzger, a Rosendale […]

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Delgado campaign reports $1.5M on hand

Rep. Antonio Delgado raised $636,000 in the third quarter and had more than $1.5 million in his campaign account as of Sept. 30, a giant lead for the freshman Democrat in a district that Trump won by seven points in 2016 and Republicans have targeted as a 2020 pickup opportunity. Of the three Republicans who […]

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Plurality of upstate voters favor Trump impeachment in Siena poll

A Siena College poll released Tuesday found that 49 percent of upstate New York voters support impeaching President Donald Trump and removing him from office, with 43 percent in opposition and 8 percent undecided. Statewide, the split on removal was 55-38 percent, a 17-point spread widened by support in heavily Democratic New York City. Suburban […]

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Schmitt named to water-quality task force

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt has been appointed to an Assembly Republican task force that will look at ways to protect water quality and provide state funding for water and sewer projects. “From the very beginning of my term a top concern and priority of mine has been addressing water quality problems and water crises in my […]

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Metzger questions need for new Danskammer plant

State Sen. Jen Metzger sent Orange County legislators a letter this month to rebut arguments in support of a proposed replacement for the Danskammer power plant in the Town of Newburgh and underscore the state’s mission to transition to entirely renewable energy sources by 2040. The Rosendale Democrat, whose district includes part of Orange County, […]

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Four mid-Hudson Dems get top scores on environmental report card

Sen. Jen Metzger and Assembly members Kevin Cahill, Aileen Gunther and Jonathan Jacobson all had perfect scores on Environmental Advocates’ report card on how New York’s legislators voted on 35 bills the group supported in the 2019 session. The report card graded all 63 senators and 150 Assembly members on their votes, with legislation ranked […]

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Orange DA urges residents to condemn NY’s “reckless” bail changes

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler invoked the hit-and-run accident in the Town of Highlands in which a motorcyclist was killed this week as a prime example of the pitfalls of bail reforms enacted this year that soon will limit the instances in which judges can jail criminal suspects. Hoovler said the SUV driver accused […]

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New party endorses Orange County candidates

A new political party that has homed in on local races across New York announced its endorsements this week of nine candidates in various Orange County races who will run on that party’s independent ballot line in November, in addition to their major-party lines. The candidates backed by the SAM Party of New York include […]

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Orange GOP renews party leadership

Orange County Republican Committee members chose their leaders for the next two years at their biannual reorganization meeting on Thursday, extending the tenures of Chairwoman Courtney Greene and three other party officers. In addition to Greene, who has been chairwoman since 2014, the party kept Ben Ostrer as its first vice chairman, Michael Ventre as […]

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