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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.

No charges in de Blasio campaign finance probe with Ulster ties

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced this week it would bring no criminal charges in an investigation into complaints that aides to Mayor Bill de Blasio had funneled large campaign donations through Democratic committees in Ulster and other counties in 2014 to support Democratic state Senate candidates and bypass the state’s limits on how much [...]

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Cahill, Seward wield dueling bills to legalize ride-hailing upstate

Two state lawmakers representing parts of Ulster County are again playing key roles in the prolonged push to legalize Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services upstate, each as chairman of an insurance committee and sponsor of a bill laying out the rules for how those companies would operate in New York. The version introduced by [...]

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Assembly Dems offer changes to Cuomo tuition proposal

Assemblymen James Skoufis of Woodbury and Kevin Cahill of Kingston are among a group of Democrats urging their conference leaders to modify Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for free tuition at SUNY and CUNY by raising the income threshold for those who would qualify, enabling households with a combined income of up to $175,000 to claim [...]

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Neuhaus plans 2017 campaign kickoff

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus has scheduled a fundraiser in April that will also serve as the kickoff for his campaign to win a second term in office this November. The event will take place at the Palacio Conference Center in Goshen on the evening of April 6, right after Neuhaus delivers his annual State [...]

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Larkin holds fundraiser for 2018 campaign

Despite uncertainty in the political world last year about whether state Sen. Bill Larkin would run for a 14th Senate term, the 89-year-old lawmaker is set to hold a campaign fundraiser in Orange County tonight to fatten his coffers for yet another re-election race in 2018. Invitations to the reception at Anthony’s Pier 9 in [...]

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Skoufis touts bill to support full-day kindergarten in 6 districts

Assemblyman James Skoufis advocated on Thursday for a bill he’s cosponsoring that would provide state funding to a handful of school districts in New York that still have half-day kindergarten classes and would use the aid to help pay for the transition to full-day programs. The Woodbury Democrat and the bill’s main sponsor, Ken Zebrowski [...]

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Republican senators propose rescinding SAFE Act regs outside NYC

Sen. James Seward other Republican state senators promoted their support this week for a bill that would continue their efforts to rescind new gun regulations imposed by the SAFE Act in 2013, this time with the caveat that the rules could remain in effect in New York City. Everywhere else in New York outside the [...]

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Two-house bill would undo change in STAR tax-relief program (updated)

A bill introduced first in the Assembly and then in the Senate last week would reverse a major change made last year in the STAR program and help homeowners snarled in the ensuing fiasco make the transition back to the longstanding method in which the state provided that tax relief. (Update: the Assembly passed the [...]

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Sussman still mulling county executive bid; Skoufis rules out running

Less than nine months before Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus faces re-election for the first time since he took office in 2014, it remains unclear which Democratic candidate will be on the ballot to challenge him. Assemblyman James Skoufis, a Woodbury Democrat who won a third term in November and whose profile has risen since [...]

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Assembly Republicans propose increase in college tuition aid

Assembly Republicans this week laid out their alternative to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “free tuition” proposal, suggesting the state expand both eligibility and dollar amounts for New York’s existing tuition grant program and let taxpayers deduct part of their student-loan payments from their income taxes. Dubbed “the Affordable College for All Initiative,” the concept – it [...]

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