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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.

GOP town supervisor endorses Skoufis

State Sen. James Skoufis, a Cornwall Democrat gearing up for his first Senate re-election run with no announced opponent yet, wheeled out an early, cross-party endorsement on Tuesday from New Windsor Supervisor George Green, a Republican who returned to office in January. “Senator Skoufis has been and will continue to be a champion for New Windsor’s residents,” Meyers […]

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Poll finds weak support for NY’s bail reforms

A Siena College poll taken after a wave of negative publicity surrounding New York’s newly implemented bail reforms found that 49 percent of New Yorkers viewed those changes as bad for the state and only 37 percent saw them as good. Disapproval was particularly heavy in the suburbs, where 64 percent of poll respondents took […]

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Skoufis reports huge campaign warchest after one year in Senate

State Sen. James Skoufis has amassed one of the largest campaign accounts in the Hudson Valley in his first year as a senator and has no declared Republican challenger yet as he prepares for his first re-election run. The Cornwall Democrat, a former assemblyman who succeeded the late Republican Sen. Bill Larkin last year, reported […]

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Metzger reports $216,000 on hand for re-election race

State Sen. Jen Metzger gathered another flood of mostly modest campaign donations in the last six months and kicked in $20,000 of her own money, while snubbing contributions from businesses and industry groups, according to the financial report her campaign filed on Wednesday. The bulk of her income during that period was the $107,000 she […]

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Metzger joins Dem push to amend bail reform (updated x2)

State Sen. Jen Metzger has added her support to two Democratic bills modifying state bail reforms that took effect and have prompted a torrent of criticism from law enforcement officials and Republicans. The Rosendale Democrat announced Wednesday she had become a co-sponsor for a bill several Long Island senators introduced last week that would restore […]

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Ryan endorses Buttigieg

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan declared his support on Tuesday for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, calling him “the right leader to unify and heal our country again.” “I’m confident he will guide the return of our nation to smart, effective, and compassionate leadership,” Ryan said in a statement. “Pete and I share a strong […]

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Cuomo calls for changes in NY’s “unsustainable” Medicaid system

Gov. Andrew Cuomo sounded the alarm about New York’s growing Medicaid costs in his State of the State speech on Wednesday, forecasting a major political challenge ahead as his administration and state lawmakers seek to close a $6 billion deficit in the next three months. And the third-term Democrat tethered county governments and their taxpayers […]

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Dem group airs early TV ad for Delgado

Rep. Antonio Delgado is one of 17 House Democrats featured in a volley of new TV ads focused on health care, the potent issue that helped propel Delgado and other freshmen to victory and their party to power in the 2018 elections. The commercials were paid for by a Democratic group called House Majority Forward, […]

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NY teens can now “pre-register” to vote at age 16

A new state law that took effect on Jan. 1 allows 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote and requires school boards to adopt policies to encourage students to pre-register or register if they’re 18. Under the law, teens who pre-register will automatically be registered as voters when they turn 18, without having to go […]

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Schmitt cheers ICE detention of suspect in fatal hit-and-run

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt applauded the announcement by federal authorities on Friday that they had taken into custody an undocumented immigrant who had been charged with fleeing from a fatal car accident in Stony Point last month. Jorge Flores-Villalba, a 27-year-old Mexican who had entered the U.S. illegally, was picked up Monday by Immigration and Customs […]

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