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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.

House approves opioid bill with Maloney, Faso pieces

Both Reps. John Faso and Sean Patrick Maloney got proposals they pushed for included in a bill combating the opioid crisis that sailed through the House on Thursday. For Faso, a Kinderhook Republican, it was a measure intended to curb the mailing of deadly synthetic opioids like fentanyl from China and other countries by enabling [...]

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Assembly passes single-payer health plan again (updated)

A perennial bill to institute single-payer health insurance coverage for all New Yorkers cleared the Assembly for the fourth year in a row in a party-line vote on Thursday. The Democratic proposal would replace the hodgepodge of private and public medical insurance with universal government coverage, funded with federal money already going into programs such [...]

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Three Dems spend $700K in leadup to NY19 primary

Three of the seven Democrats competing in a June 26 primary to challenge Republican Rep. John Faso each spent more than $700,000 on TV ads, mailings and other campaign expenses in a little over two months, according to financial reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday. The top spenders from April 1 to [...]

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Coates joins Dem race for 104th Assembly district

A former Poughkeepsie councilman and school board president has joined the field of Democrats looking to succeed the late Frank Skartados as assemblyman for the 104nd District. Ralph Coates, director of the after-school Liberty Partnership Program in Newburgh, announced his candidacy on Thursday for an Assembly district that consists of the cities of Newburgh, Poughkeepsie [...]

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Cuomo leads Molinaro by 19 points in Siena poll

Gov. Andrew Cuomo leads Marc Molinaro, the Republican candidate for governor, by 19 percentage points in a Siena College poll released Wednesday, which shows the two-term Democrat dominating in New York City, ahead by a large margin in the suburbs, and trailing the Dutchess County executive among upstate voters. Asked who they would vote for [...]

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Assembly GOP demands oversight of “lump sum” spending

The Assembly’s Republican minority is pushing a one-house bill in the closing days of this year’s session to impose stricter oversight of how the state doles out economic development money and budgetary “lump sums.” Among other provisions, the bill would require the state comptroller, budget director and attorney general to review every pending grant to [...]

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Rhodes finishes tour of all 163 towns in 19th District

  Congressional candidate Gareth Rhodes completed his mission to visit all 163 towns in New York’s 19th District with a stop on Monday in its least populated town : Hardenburgh, a patch of the Catskills in western Ulster County with just over 200 inhabitants. Rhodes, a 29-year-old Ulster County native and one of seven Democrats [...]

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Super PAC reserves $1 million in TV ad time for Faso

A Super PAC aligned with House Republican leaders announced this week it had reserved $1 million in TV air time for this fall for commercials to support Rep. John Faso, a swing-district freshman who has seven Democrats vying in a primary this month to challenge him. Faso is one of 10 Republican incumbents for which [...]

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Senate bill targets drivers who pass stopped school buses

Senate Republicans are promoting a bill that would let school districts put cameras on the stop arms of school buses to help catch drivers who illegally pass stopped buses. Violators could be fined $250 under the bill, which was first introduced five years ago and has never passed in either the Senate or Assembly. Sen. [...]

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Gillibrand touts bill to stop border agents from separating families

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced a new bill on Friday that she and her and her fellow Senate Democrats introduced to try to stop the Department of Homeland Security from taking immigrant children away from their parents at the Mexican border. “Like millions of Americans, I am sickened that the Homeland Security Department has been tearing [...]

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