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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.

Lawmakers vote to allow ward system for school boards

State lawmakers passed a bill this week that would enable school districts to create wards for the election of school board members, an idea that supporters in Pine Bush School District and Sullivan County have promoted since 2015 as a way to limit the ability of voting blocs to control boards. The bill, approved in [...]

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Lawmakers replenish campaign cash in Albany

With the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session in Albany this week, the New York Public Interest Research Group distributed its latest list of campaign fundraisers that state lawmakers held in the capital while debating funding and legislation their donors are so keenly interested in. Here are the events that senators and Assembly members representing [...]

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Senate Republicans snub child sex abuse bill

The latest push to extend New York’s short statute of limitations on child sex-abuse cases fizzled in Albany at the hands of Senate Republicans this week, when Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan refused to let the Senate vote on a bill that the Assembly overwhelmingly approved and that Gov. Andrew Cuomo supported. State lawmakers ended [...]

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Rift in Albany endangers renewal of Orange, Ulster sales tax rates

A normally routine renewal of the sales tax rates in Orange, Ulster and many other New York counties has gotten gnarled in politics in Albany, raising the possibility that state lawmakers will end this year’s session today without extending rates that expire Nov. 30. The Assembly approved those two-year rate extensions for all counties in [...]

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Bill targeting abuse on school buses may fizzle in Assembly

A bill that stems from a bus monitor’s assault on two Pine Bush School District students with severe autism has passed the Senate but may die in the Assembly after being inserted into other legislation with little time left in the session to get the Senate on board. The proposal, now incorporated into A8485 and [...]

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Larkin is “reviewing” bills on child sex abuse (updated x 2)

Sen. Bill Larkin said through his spokesman that he’s “reviewing a number of proposals” to help survivors of sexual abuse, a long-running cause that the Assembly, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Democrats have embraced, and that now hinges on Senate Republicans in the last two days of this year’s legislative session. The Assembly overwhelmingly approved [...]

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Senate touts bills to protect children

With a renewed push for the state Senate to pass child sex abuse legislation before the 2017 session ends next week, Senate Republicans on Thursday touted 13 other bills their chamber has passed – mostly this week, and mostly with little or no opposition – that they said would protect children. The bills included: new [...]

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Cuomo has 43 percent approval rating in new poll

A new poll by Marist College and NBC 4 New York found that 43 percent of New York voters approved of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job performance, his highest approval rating in almost three years but well below where he stood with voters in his first three years in office. More than 50 percent of voters [...]

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Senate passes latest round of opioid/heroin legislation

The state Senate approved at least 13 bills on Tuesday and Wednesday to address various aspects of the ongoing epidemic of heroin and opioid pill addiction. The legislation consisted of four new bills and nine proposals the Senate approved in previous years – as many as four times – and brought back because the Assembly [...]

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Faso cheers House bill undoing Dodd-Frank regulations

Rep. John Faso applauded the House passage on Thursday of a Republican bill that would cancel some regulations on the financial industry that a Democratic-led Congress enacted in 2010 in response to the 2008 meltdown. The Financial CHOICE Act was approved on Thursday in a 233-186 vote, with only Republicans in support and every Democrat [...]

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