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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.

Police, business groups endorse Basile for Senate

Tom Basile, the Republican candidate for the 39th Senate District, announced endorsements this week from various law enforcement groups and business organizations. The supportive police groups included unions representing New York City police officers, captains, lieutenants and detectives, as well as the Orange County Shields, the Orange County deputies’ union, and the union for state [...]

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Orange County BOE extends hours to give out absentee ballots

The Orange County Board of Elections will extend its hours on two dates and open on two Saturdays to distribute absentee ballots to voters who will be out of the county for the Nov. 6 general election. Voters can pick up absentee ballots at the board office at 75 Webster Ave. in Goshen during regular [...]

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Maloney leads O’Donnell in campaign cash after AG run

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney had almost three times as much campaign money as his Republican challenger for the final month of their race for New York’s 18th Congressional District, despite Maloney diverting almost $2.4 million to his unsuccessful run for attorney general this summer and doing relatively little fundraising for Congress. Campaign finance reports filed [...]

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Women’s groups endorse Skoufis for Senate

Democratic assemblyman and Senate candidate James Skoufis announced endorsements on Tuesday from Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC, the National Organization for Women, and the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund. “Women can count on James Skoufis,” Sonia Ossorio, president of the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women, said in a campaign [...]

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Delgado outraises Faso by $2.8M in third quarter (updated)

Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado raked in $3.8 million in campaign funds in the third quarter of the year, almost quadruple the $1 million that Republican Rep. John Faso raised over those same three months, according to campaign finance reports the two candidates filed on Monday. As of Sept. 30, just over a month before the [...]

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NRA endorses Basile for Senate

Republican state Senate candidate Tom Basile announced on Monday the endorsements of the National Rifle Association and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, saying he had earned “A” grades on their questionnaires. “Tom Basile is the right man to represent Hudson Valley sportsmen and women,” George Kydon, an NRA-ILA FLA coordinator, said in [...]

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Reproductive rights group endorses Metzger for Senate

Democratic state Senate candidate Jen Metzger announced Monday the endorsement of the political arm of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, a Manhattan-based group that advocates for abortion and contraception rights in Washington and state capitals. “Jen Metzger understands the importance of access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion services, and is ready to fight for [...]

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Health care disputes dominate Faso-Delgado race for NY-19 congressional seat

The battle for New York’s 19th Congressional District has focused on Republican Rep. John Faso’s vote last year to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and a fierce dispute over how the House Republicans’ bill would have affected health premiums for older enrollees and coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions. At least four [...]

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Planned Parenthood slams Basile for GOP attack on abortion rights bill (updated)

Planned Parenthood went after Republican Senate candidate Tom Basile this week for a campaign mailer that accuses Democratic opponent James Skoufis of supporting a “radical expansion of abortion” for voting for the Reproductive Health Act as an assemblyman. The group called the claims in the mailer from the New York Republican State Committee a smear [...]

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Basile proposes tax relief for places with closed power plants (updated X 2)

Republican Senate candidate Tom Basile proposed on Thursday that the state fund $200 million a year to provide tax relief to school districts and municipalities that have lost revenue or been forced to pay settlements because a power plant closed or won a court case to cut its tax bills. Basile invoked the closure of [...]

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