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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.

Maloney touts gains for Hudson Valley growers in bipartisan farm bill

A little over a month after speaking in Orange County about how stalled farm-bill negotiations could hurt local growers, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney returned to the wood-paneled cider tasting room at Soons Orchard on Friday to celebrate the resounding approval this week of a five-year farm bill renewal with bipartisan support in Congress. “This bill [...]

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Delgado hires former Hinchey aide as district director

Antonio Delgado, the incoming congressman for New York’s 19th District, named a Greene County resident and former staffer for the late Rep. Maurice Hinchey to oversee his district offices and constituent services and represent him at local events after he takes office in January. Amanda Boomhower of Athens will be the newly elected Democrat’s district [...]

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Loss of stipends trims pay hikes for state lawmakers

State lawmakers heading back to Albany in January to start the 2019 legislative session will be greeted with a $30,500 hike in their base salaries, the first of a three-step pay bump that will total $50,500 and raise salaries to $130,000 by 2021. But the four-man appointed panel that approved that 64 percent raise on [...]

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Skoufis will lead Senate oversight committee with subpoena power

Incoming state Sen. James Skoufis was made chairman of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee this week, putting him at the helm of a government oversight panel with subpoena power when he takes office and Democrats assume control of the Senate in January. Skoufis, a Woodbury Democrat elected last month to succeed retiring Sen. [...]

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Faso touts his efforts in DC to cut costs in NY

In a farewell conference call with reporters on Thursday, departing Rep. John Faso spoke proudly about trying to combat from Washington during his two years in Congress two New York practices that he believes contributes to the state’s high costs and resulting exodus of businesses and people. One is the state’s longstanding Scaffold Law, which [...]

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Senate Dems spent $0 on Metzger’s winning race

The Senate Democrats’ campaign arm spent heavily on James Skoufis and other candidates this fall in what turned out to be a hugely successful bid to boot Republicans from power in a chamber they have ruled for most of the last half-century. But the campaign finance report filed this week by the New York State [...]

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Rabbitt congratulates Metzger after absentee count ends

In a Facebook message on Tuesday, Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt thanked her supporters and congratulated Jen Metzger on her victory in their 42nd Senate District race following the completion of the absentee-ballot count four weeks after the election. “In a close election, we wanted to make sure that everyone who took the time to [...]

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Satmar rebbe villifies Skoufis as “wicked and evil”

Assemblyman and senator-elect James Skoufis was castigated as a villain of biblical proportions this week, when Satmar Grand Rebbe Aaron Teitelbaum reportedly described him as a “wicked and evil man” during a fiery speech otherwise devoted to blasting state interference in religious schools. Teitelbaum, who leads the branch of the split Satmar movement that holds [...]

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Faso takes last whack at Scaffold Law from DC

Rep. John Faso has made a final stab at undercutting New York’s 133-year-old Scaffold Law before leaving Congress, suggesting in a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao that her department could preempt the law by requiring a “comparative negligence” standard for any construction projects getting federal grants. Inserting that requirement in federal contracts might accomplish [...]

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Maloney exits DCCC race after being hospitalized

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney withdrew this week from a four-way competition to lead the House Democrats’ campaign arm after announcing he had been hospitalized with a bacterial infection and would miss his caucus’ votes for leadership positions. Democrats started those closed-door elections on Wednesday and wound up electing Cheri Bustos of Illinois over the two [...]

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