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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.

Schmitt, Hoovler plan public talk in Woodbury on opioid crisis

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt and Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler plan to host a roundtable discussion next week about the opioid epidemic. The talk is open to the public and will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodbury Senior Center at 16 County Route 105 in Highland Mills. Schmitt’s office said speakers will […]

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Cuomo signs bill allowing Ulster towns, villages to raise conservation funds

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Friday that enables Ulster County towns and villages to tax property sales and use the proceeds to buy land or development rights as a conservation measure. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, and Sen. Jen Metzger, D-Rosendale, simply added the word “Ulster” to a 2007 law […]

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Maloney says Trump’s conduct “left us no alternative” to impeachment (updated)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said Tuesday that President Trump’s misuse of military aid for his own political benefit and his obstruction of “lawful investigations of his misconduct” had left Congress no choice but to impeach him as a way of holding him accountable. In a statement after the release of the House Intelligence Committee’s report […]

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Delgado proposes to ban campaign donations from opioid makers

Rep. Antonio Delgado announced a new bill in November to prohibit campaign contributions to federal candidates from the political arms of any pharmaceutical companies that make opioids. The Rhinebeck Democrat said he was co-sponsoring the bill with Rep. Max Rose, a Staten Island Democrat, and argued it would blunt the influence of drug manufacturers as […]

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Cuomo signs Metzger bill shielding employees’ reproductive decisions

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill sponsored by Sen. Jen Metzger that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers or prospective employees for their beliefs and decisions regarding contraception and abortion. The Assembly had passed the “Boss Bill” in five previous years, but the Senate had taken no vote on it while Republicans controlled that […]

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Palm Tree elects write-in justice candidates

The Town of Palm Tree appears to have its first elected judges: two lawyers from outside the Hasidic community whose names were written in at the Nov. 5 election with the endorsement of the Anash political party. Richard Croughan got 683 votes and Stephen Hunter got 676, according to the Orange County Board of Elections’ […]

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Skoufis bill mandating campaign ad disclosure signed into law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill sponsored by Sen. James Skoufis that requires all political ads and mailings identify who paid for them so opponents can no longer lob anonymous attacks at candidates and elected officials. Those ads and materials must now bear a “paid for by” message, just as federal campaign materials are […]

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Biden leads Dem field in NY poll

Joe Biden has gained ground and Elizabeth Warren has slid among Democratic voters in New York in a Siena College poll released this week that asked for their preference in the Democratic presidential field. Support for the former vice president in New York rose to 24 percent from 21 percent in a poll Siena took […]

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Cuomo signs Metzger bill to raise pension cap for volunteer responders

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill by Sen. Jen Metzger that increases the maximum pension amount that a volunteer fire department and ambulance corps can offer its members for each year of service as a recruiting too. The bill, unanimously approved by both the Senate and Assembly in June and signed by Cuomo on […]

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Schmitt holds ceremony to honor veterans

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt organized a ceremony in Goshen Tuesday night to recognize 16 veterans from the 99th Assembly District who will be featured on a portable “wall of honor” that will be mounted in various places around the district for the next year. “I am honored to be able to host this inaugural Veterans’ Hall […]

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