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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.

Maloney outlines economic aid proposal

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney released a list of priorities on Thursday that he said he and another Democrat will introduce as the House and Senate race to enact a sweeping package of aid and policies to soften the economic wreckage caused by the coronovirus pandemic. Maloney, D-Cold Spring, and Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts […]

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Candidates file petitions to meet deadline moved up by coronavirus outbreak

Candidates running for Congress and state Legislature in New York rushed their petitions to the state Board of Elections by Friday to meet a deadline that was sped up by almost two weeks to shut down all door-to-door activity as the coronavirus spreads. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had slashed the number of signatures they needed by […]

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Cuomo may alter candidate petition rules in response to virus outbreak

Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested on Friday that he may use his emergency powers during the coronavirus outbreak to adjust the laws for the petitions that candidates circulate to get their names on the ballot. “Normally you go door to door with a petition and you speak to the person who opens the door and you […]

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Schmitt cheers ruling on campaign finance panel

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt celebrated a state court decision on Thursday that overturned new rules that would have allowed candidates to claim public matching funds for small campaign donations and raised the bar for third parties to keep their ballot lines. A Niagara County judge ruled that the state Legislature improperly delegated its own authority by […]

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NY bill targets consumer price gouging during outbreak

Sens. Jen Metzger and James Skoufis are among the co-sponsors of a bill that would punish makers and sellers of hand sanitizer, surgical masks and other consumer medical goods for jacking up prices during the coronavirus outbreak. The proposal introduced in the Senate this month would strengthen New York’s existing ban on price gouging by […]

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Senate passes Metzger bill to create state guides for small businesses

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill by Sen. Jen Metzger on Wednesday that will require the state to publish an annual online compliance guide for small businesses to update them on taxes, permits and any other changes in laws and regulations that concern them. “Too often, small businesses are in the dark about regulations […]

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Skoufis cheers dismissal of “vindictive and frivolous” suit

State Sen. James Skoufis issued a statement on Monday applauding the recent dismissal of a federal lawsuit that had been brought against him last year by a Monroe resident who had been blocked from Skoufis’ Facebook page. “It’s reassuring to know that the courts were able to see through this vindictive and frivolous lawsuit,” Skoufis, […]

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Maloney criticizes late federal response on coronavirus testing

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney chided the Trump administration on Friday for taking too long to make and distribute the huge volume of test kits that medical labs and facilities will need to identify coronavirus cases as COVID-19 spreads in New York and across the U.S. Speaking at a press conference in Goshen, the Cold Spring […]

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Two candidates seek Senate seat Seward will vacate

A Schoharie County farmer and an Otsego County business owner and legislator are set to square off for the state Senate seat that retiring Republican James Seward is vacating and that includes four Ulster County towns in the broad area it covers. The Republican candidate is Schenuvus resident Peter Oberacker, owner of Form Tech Solutions […]

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College student plans Assembly run

A Republican college student from Beacon plans to challenge Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson for the seat Jacobson won two years ago in a heavily Democratic district. The prospective Republican candidate for the 104th Assembly District is Andrew Gauzza, whose Facebook page lists him as a government major at Manhattan College in the Bronx. Jacobson, a former […]

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