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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.

Maloney seeks research grant to fight crop-destroying bug

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is helping researchers seek additional federal funding to study how to stop an invasive insect species that emerged last year as a new threat to Orange County’s onion crop. The Cold Spring Democrat this week released a letter he sent to a Department of Agriculture official in support of a grant [...]

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Faso ranks 18th in House for bipartisanship bills

Rep. John Faso ranked 18th in bipartisanship out of 435 House members in an annual scoring of how often those representatives co-sponsor bills by colleagues from across the aisle and attract opposite-party co-sponsors for their own bills. The “Bipartisan Index” is calculated each year by the Lugar Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank founded by [...]

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Rhodes pledges to offset his campaign’s carbon emissions

Gareth Rhodes, a Democrat traveling New York’s 19th Congressional District in a Winnebago for his bid to challenge Republican Rep. John Faso, announced this week that his campaign will buy “carbon offsets” to erase its carbon footprint. Rhodes, a 29-year-old Ulster County native and law student, is one of seven Democratic candidates set to compete [...]

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Assembly votes again to close LLC loophole

Assembly members from both parties voted overwhelmingly last week to close a notorious loophole in New York’s campaign contribution limits, the third time in four years they have moved the fate of the LLC loophole into the Senate Republicans’ court. New York currently lets businesses evade the state’s $5,000 corporate donation limit and dump virtually [...]

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Republican wins Assembly race to succeed Pete Lopez

Schoharie Town Supervisor Chris Tague narrowly won a three-way race in a special election on Tuesday for an open Assembly seat in a district that includes the Town of Saugerties in Ulster County. Tague, a Republican, will represent the 102nd Assembly District until the end of the year to finish the unexpired term of Peter [...]

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Cynthia Nixon joins CPV opponents at plant rally

Cynthia Nixon, the actress and activist waging a Democratic primary run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, joined protesters outside the Competitive Power Ventures power plant in Wawayanda on Saturday to denounce the recently completed plant and the fracked natural gas it will use, and to tout her support for moving toward all renewable energy in New [...]

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Faso supports expanded work mandate for food stamp recipients (updated)

Reps. John Faso and Sean Patrick Maloney voted on opposite sides on Wednesday as the House Agriculture Committee passed a Republican farm bill that Democrats oppose, at least partly because it would tighten the work requirements for people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – the anti-poverty program formerly known as food stamps. More [...]

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O’Donnell raises $150K for NY18 congressional run

Orange County Legislator Jim O’Donnell has raised about $150,000 and lent $50,000 of his own money for his bid to unseat Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a three-term Democrat with more than $3 million in his campaign account. O’Donnell, a Republican and retired police commander from Goshen, reported virtually no expenses in his first three months [...]

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Delgado maintains lead in campaign funds in NY19 race

Antonio Delgado remains the leader in campaigns funds in the crowded race for New York’s 19th Congressional District, reporting a bigger account after the first quarter of 2018 than six rival Democrats and the Republican congressman they are vying to challenge. Unlike in the two previous quarters, when two Democrats both outraised him, Rep. John [...]

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Working Families Party backs Metzger for Senate

Rosendale Councilwoman Jen Metzger, one of two Democrats looking to challenge Republican state Sen. John Bonacic, announced Monday that she has gotten the endorsement of the labor-backed Working Families Party in her bid for the 42nd Senate District seat. “Jen Metzger proves that you don’t need to make a false choice between principled, progressive values, [...]

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