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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.

Faso supports stronger ties with Israel after visit

Rep. John Faso voiced support for strengthening U.S. ties with Israel and pessimism about a “sustainable peace” with the Palestinians this week after returning from a seven-day visit to Israel with fellow House members from both parties. The Kinderhook Republican said he and his colleagues met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli defense and [...]

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Treasurer paroled after serving a year for campaign thefts

Former campaign treasurer and New Windsor Republican chairman Carmen Dubaldi was paroled from prison this month after serving a year for stealing $120,000 from the campaign accounts of Sen. Bill Larkin, former Orange County Executive Ed Diana and former Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt, now the Orange County clerk. State prison records show Dubaldi, who was sentenced [...]

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Faso, Maloney statements on Charlottesville violence

Rep. John Faso issued a statement on Monday specifically condemning the white supremacist groups involved in violent clashes in Virginia last weekend, after a barrage of criticism of President Trump for blaming “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” instead of singling out obviously repugnant participants. Faso, a Kinderhook Republican whose district includes Ulster and [...]

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Faso will hold town hall in Ulster this month

Rep. John Faso announced Friday that he’ll hold a town hall gathering in Esopus at the end of the August congressional recess, a moderated event at which attendance will be limited to 200 people. The forum follows a tumultuous political season in which other Republican Congress members have faced heated criticism at similar gatherings in [...]

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Faso plans veterans event in Sullivan next week

Rep. John Faso plans to be at the SUNY Sullivan campus with staff members and various experts for four hours next Thursday to help veterans find health care, jobs and other services. The Veterans Assistance Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the community college’s student union, at 112 College Road [...]

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Maloney plans three-day fundraising “retreat”

For big-dollar campaign donors, this has got to sound better than a rubber-chicken dinner in D.C. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is inviting supporters to what amounts to a destination wedding for the congressional fundraising world: a three-day “retreat” in his Hudson Valley district in October, in the midst of leaf-peeping season. An early announcement for [...]

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Sutz and Palermo will vie in Dem primary for Woodbury supervisor

Woodbury Supervisor David Sutz and town Councilman Frank Palermo will square off in a Democratic primary for a two-year supervisor term on Sept. 12, a contest that probably will decide the race since no Republican candidate is running. Sutz, a former Woodbury village trustee, was elected supervisor in 2015, ousting Republican Ralph Caruso after his [...]

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EPA will hold public session on Hudson River PCB cleanup

Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand last week cheered an upcoming public meeting on the status of removal of toxic PCBs from the upper Hudson River as another opportunity to hear and question officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, which is in charge of the cleanup. The two-hour session will take place at the John [...]

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Faso backs bipartisan House proposal to mend Obamacare

Rep. John Faso was among 43 House members from both parties supporting a set of ideas this week to improve the Affordable Care Act and stabilize the individual market for health insurance under the terms of that 2010 law, which Republicans in Congress struggled and failed to repeal and replace this year. Faso, a Republican [...]

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Group that backs vet candidates endorses Davis for county executive

A four-year-old organization that supports veterans and national service alumni who run for office announced Monday its endorsement of Patrick Davis, an Iraq War veteran and 2004 West Point graduate who’s running for Orange County executive. “Pat Davis comes from a background of service and sacrifice, and our political system needs more leaders like him, [...]

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