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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.

Senate passes bill to limit leadership terms

The state Senate passed a bill this week that would let leaders and committee chairmen in both the Senate and Assembly serve no more than eight years in those positions, the third time it has tried to codify for both chambers a limit it adopted for its own house through a rule change in 2009. [...]

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Assembly passes environmental bills for Earth Day

The state Assembly passed several environmental-themed bills this week on their first work days after Earth Day last Saturday. A few were non-controversial and cleared the chamber with little opposition. One, co-sponsored by James Skoufis, D-Woodbury, and Frank Skartados, D-Milton, would require the owners of ships and trains carrying crude oil through New York and [...]

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Senate passes eight bills to fight heroin/opioid crisis

The state Senate passed a raft of legislation on Monday to combat the heroin and prescription-pill epidemic by outlawing a whole new crop of drugs, including those developed in labs with slight variations from banned drugs in order to circumvent the law. Among the drugs targeted in six separate bills were new derivatives of fentanyl, [...]

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Skoufis calls bid to speed STAR checks “lipstick on a pig”

Assemblyman James Skoufis this week panned the Cuomo administration’s plan for fixing its botched conversion of the STAR tax-relief program, and argued the only remedy is for the Senate to join the Assembly in voting to rescind the change – and then be ready to override the governor’s veto. “My opinion: this is the definition [...]

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Trump, Schumer agree: new Canada policy will hurt NY dairy farmers

Amid the acrimony in Washington, New York’s senior U.S. senator heartily agreed with President Trump on one point this week: that new trade policies soon to take effect in Canada will hurt American dairy farmers by restricting the import of their milk. Sen. Chuck Schumer, leader of the Senate Democratic minority, praised Trump on Wednesday [...]

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CPV opponents confront Percoco after court appeance

Opponents of the power plant under construction in Wawayanda gave a former close aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo a perp walk he’s unlikely to forget as he left federal court in Lower Manhattan on Thursday after a brief appearance about the corruption charges he faces. The former aide, Joe Percoco, was charged in September with [...]

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Faso introduces bill to end NY counties’ Medicaid costs

Rep. John Faso introduced a bill this week to stop New York State from sharing Medicaid costs with its counties, pressing forward with a proposal that was attached last month to failed legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act and that provoked a heated, week-long clash with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The bill – the “Property [...]

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Cuomo, Faso go another round over Medicaid

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a group of House Democrats rekindled last week’s fight over New York’s Medicaid cost-sharing on Thursday by announcing a forthcoming bill that would raise the state’s Medicaid funding so it could then relieve county governments of the portion they pay. The previous week, Rep. John Faso, the Republican freshman whose district [...]

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Faso bucked GOP to defend online privacy rule

Rep. John Faso was one of 15 House Republicans to join Democrats on the losing side of a vote this week to repeal a federal rule that would stop internet providers from selling customers’ online browsing histories and other confidential information. The Republican-controlled House voted 215-210 on Tuesday to rescind the regulation, which the Federal [...]

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Cuomo and Faso wage war over Medicaid measure

A remarkable sideshow to this week’s drama in Washington over the House Republicans’ proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act was the daily slugfest between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rep. John Faso over an amendment that was intended to shore up the support of New York’s House Republicans. The addition, announced Monday night, applied only [...]

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