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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.

Schumer and Cuomo fall, Trump rises in NY voter polls

Sen. Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo both took a slide and their sparring partner in the White House rose from the depths in polls of New York voters released by Siena College this week. Among New Yorkers polled by Siena, 52 percent had a favorable opinion of Schumer and 39 percent had a unfavorable [...]

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Marlborough Dems hold forum for NY19 candidates

Six Democrats competing to run against Republican Rep. John Faso for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat will introduce themselves to voters and answer questions at a candidates forum at Malboro High School on Saturday. The event, sponsored by the Marlborough Democratic Committee, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the auditorium [...]

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Potential Dem challenger for Bonacic opens campaign committee

Rosendale Councilwoman Jen Metzger announced Thursday that she may challenge Republican Sen. John Bonacic for the Senate seat he has held for the last 19 years. Metzger, a Democrat elected to a second term on the Rosendale Town Board in November, created a campaign committee to run for the 42nd Senate District on Wednesday, and [...]

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Lawmakers reschedule primary to avoid Rosh Hashanah

Primaries for state and local offices will take place on a Thursday instead of a Tuesday this September, a scheduling shift lawmakers made to avoid a conflict with Rosh Hashanah. The state Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to move the primary to Sept. 13 from Sept. 11. The Assembly did the same thing about a [...]

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Gardiner Dems, Ulster comptroller endorse Ryan in NY19 Dem race (updated)

Pat Ryan, one of six Democrats vying to challenge Republican Rep. John Faso, announced that the Gardiner Democratic Committee and Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach have endorsed him. Ryan is a Kingston native and West Point graduate who served two tours as an Army officer in Iraq and has since started two technology companies. He [...]

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Gunther confirms she’ll seek reelection

An aide to Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther confirmed Friday that she plans to run for another Assembly term when elections are held for all 213 Legislature seats are held this fall. Other legislators representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties had verified through their spokesmen that they plan to run again for a Times Herald-Record article published [...]

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Maloney seeks House probe over former Trump aide

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has asked a House panel to investigate the White House’s handling of an aide who quit this week following news reports that he had been accused of beating his two former wives and that the administration knew of those allegations throughout his tenure. Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat, worked in the [...]

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Faso cheers military spending increase in budget deal

Rep. John Faso joined most Republicans in support of the shutdown-ending budget deal that the House passed early Friday morning, praising its increase in military funding and other elements while acknowledging it won’t help the nation’s “looming debt crisis” by raising spending caps. “Today’s budget deal is a step forward that allows Congress to move [...]

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GOP senators endorse their colleague in governor’s race

Three of four Republican senators representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties have endorsed their colleague, Sen. John DeFrancisco, in his competition with two other Republicans vying to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo. DeFrancisco’s campaign touted the endorsements this week of 13 of the Senate’s 31 Republicans, including John Bonacic, George Amedore and James Seward. DeFrancisco is [...]

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Maloney blasts Senate budget deal as two-party “pay-off”

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced he will vote against the bipartisan Senate deal to resolve the latest budget standoff in Congress, calling it a reckless escalation of spending that will worsen the federal deficit – right on the heels of deficit-widening tax cuts. The Cold Spring Democrat issued a statement blasting the “budget-busting” deal as [...]

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