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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.

Richard Gere for Congress?

The New York Post’s gossip page reported on Friday that actor Richard Gere was “being talked up in Democratic circles” as a possible replacement for Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in New York’s 18th Congressional District race if Maloney wins a primary for attorney general next month. That was indeed a rumor that had been [...]

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State construction unions back Skoufis in Senate race

Assemblyman James Skoufis announced Friday the endorsement of the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council for his Senate run, signifying the backing of an organization that represents more than 200,000 unionized construction workers. Skoufis’ campaign said he was one of only five state candidates the group has endorsed. Skoufis, a Woodbury Democrat competing [...]

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NYSUT endorses Brabenec for re-election

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec was the only Republican state lawmaker in the area endorsed on Wednesday by the statewide organization for teachers’ unions, which otherwise went with Democrats or stayed neutral in state Senate and Assembly races. “Public education will continue to remain one of my top priorities, and that includes providing more latitude in the [...]

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Statewide law enforcement group backs Skoufis for Senate

Assemblyman and Senate candidate James Skoufis announced Wednesday that the New York State Union of Police Associations has endorsed him in for the 39th Senate District race. In a July endorsement letter supplied by Skoufis’ campaign, Anthony Solfaro, president of the Newburgh-based organization, said that his group was backing the third-term assemblyman for his support [...]

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Basile touts two law enforcement endorsements

Republican Senate candidate Tom Basile has picked up endorsements from two law enforcement groups, one from the union representing Orange County sheriff’s deputies and another from an organization for police officers who live or work in Orange. “We are confident we can trust Tom Basile to be there for us during these challenging times,” Michael [...]

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GOP blocks attempt to close LLC loophole

Republican lawmakers blocked a Democratic effort last week to close a loophole in Orange County’s campaign finance law by bringing a surprise resolution to Legislature floor. The Democratic minority has been trying since last year to add three words to the county’s 2013 Pay-to-Play Law to make clear that campaign donations from limited liability companies [...]

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Malick wages write-in primary for Reform line in Senate race

Democratic Senate candidate Pramilla Malick announced this week that she’s waging a write-in primary for the Reform Party ballot line after being denied permission by party leaders to run on that and two other third-party lines. Malick said she filed an opportunity-to-ballot petition to force a primary against Republican Annie Rabbitt for the Reform line [...]

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Sussman plans Green Party meeting

Civil rights attorney Michael Sussman, a longtime Democratic activist who has switched to the Green Party and is running for attorney general as a Green Party candidate, has scheduled a meeting in the Town of Wallkill on Tuesday to discuss organizing an Orange County chapter of the Green Party. The gathering is at 7:15 p.m. [...]

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Skoufis pitches ethics reforms

Assemblyman James Skoufis this week announced a string of ethics reforms he supports as part of his Senate campaign, addressing problems with campaign contributions and state grants that have lingered in Albany and played a role in its litany of corruption scandals. Those reform priorities included banning or limiting outside pay for state lawmakers; closing [...]

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Basile proposes doubling state funds for local road repairs

Republican Senate candidate Tom Basile has proposed doubling the amount of state aid for local road repairs by devoting a greater share of the revenue New York collects through gas taxes. Basile, a Stony Point councilman running for the 39th District seat that Bill Larkin is vacating, suggesting raising annual spending to $1 billion from [...]

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