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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.

Metzger calls Senate Dems’ bail plan “just and protective of all New Yorkers”

State Sen. Jen Metzger was one of eight Democratic senators who helped craft a proposal to alter the state’s controversial new bail policy that they hope will answer concerns about public safety while retaining the goal of ending discrimination against poor defendants. “For the past several weeks, I have been participating in a Senate bail […]

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State lawmakers press DOT commissioner on Route 17 widening

The state transportation commissioner got an earful during a recent budget hearing from lawmakers pushing for the addition of a third lane on Route 17 to ease growing tourist traffic on a central artery through Orange and Sullivan counties. Four of the region’s legislators – Sens. James Skoufis and Jen Metzger and Assemblymen Jonathan Jacobson […]

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Maloney, Delgado tout House bill to bolster unions

Hudson Valley Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney and Antonio Delgado touted their support for a bill passed by the House on Thursday that would strengthen union protections for workers and allow government fines against employers who violate labor laws. The vote on the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, or PRO Act, split along party lines […]

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Senate passes bills to combat opioid crisis

A bill by state Sen. Jen Metzger to crack down on doctors who over-prescribe narcotic painkillers was one of 17 bills the Senate passed on Tuesday to address the opioid epidemic in various ways. Metzger’s bill, approved unanimously, would simply add a clause to state law to require the state Health Department to monitor its […]

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Law enforcement leaders, Republicans protest bail reform at Capitol

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler and three Republican assemblymen representing parts of Orange County took part in a large rally in Albany on Tuesday in opposition to the state’s elimination of bail for many crimes while suspects are awaiting trial. Police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys and Republican lawmakers held the protest in the Capitol […]

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Farley pledges to support term limits (updated)

Republican congressional candidate Chele Chiavacci Farley announced this week that she had signed a pledge to support legislation that would limit House members to six years in office and senators to 12. “I believe enacting term limits for members of Congress is one of the most important things we can do to make Congress work […]

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Delgado warchest tops $2M after big fundraising haul

Rep. Antonio Delgado reported Friday that has campaign had raked in $773,000 in the last three months of 2019, leaving him with $2.1 million on hand for a race in which no serious challenge has been mounted. Delgado, a Democratic freshman from Rhinebeck whose sprawling district includes Ulster and Sullivan counties, was a prodigious fundraiser […]

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Oppenheimer endorses Fine in Dem contest for NY-17 seat

Allison Fine, a Westchester County resident vying with at least three other Democrats to run for retiring Rep. Nita Lowey’s seat, announced an endorsement on Thursday from former state Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, a fixture in Westchester politics for more than three decades. “As someone who worked alongside Nita for years, I can think of no […]

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Maloney campaign will report $534K haul in fourth quarter

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s campaign said Wednesday it will report this week its biggest fundraising quarter in more than two years and a $754,000 balance as of Jan. 1 for his upcoming bid for a fifth term in Congress. According to his campaign, the Cold Spring Democrat raised $534,000 in the last three months of […]

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Skoufis bill would expand rules to form new villages (updated)

A new bill by state Sen. James Skoufis would raise the threshold and add new requirements for incorporating new villages in New York, a consequential step that can be done with little more than 500 inhabitants and a vote by the adults in that area under state law. A proposal introduced last week by the […]

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