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Metzger opposes NYSEG proposal to hike rates

State Sen. Jen Metzger is urging the state Public Service Commission to reject a request by New York State Electric and Gas Corp. to raise electrical delivery rates by 23 percent, a proposal she said would add $10.20 on average to customers’ monthly bills. In a seven-page letter released Thursday, the Rosendale Democrat argued the […]

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Man who intervened in Monsey attack to receive Senate award

State Sen. David Carlucci will award the New York State Senate Liberty Medal on Sunday to Josef Gluck for his bravery and quick thinking during the brutal attack in Monsey over Hanukkah in which five people were slashed with a machete. Gluck escorted a small child out of harm’s way and threw a coffee table […]

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Brabenec announces Assembly re-election run

Assemblyman Karl Barbenec will hold a campaign kickoff in Port Jervis on Saturday to announce his plans to seek a fourth term. The Deerpark Republican represents the 98th Assembly District, which takes in six towns and the City of Port Jervis in Orange County and part of Ramapo in Rockland County. He was the Deerpark […]

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Maloney calls U.S. killing of Iranian general a “dangerous gamble” (updated)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney offered a tempered statement on the U.S. drone strike in Iraq on Thursday that killed an Iranian military commander, saying Qassim Soleimani had caused countless deaths through terrorism but warning that his assassination was a dangerous escalation of the conflict with Iran. Here’s the full statement by the Cold Spring Democrat: […]

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Metzger introduces bill to codify NY’s fracking ban

State Sen. Jen Metzger announced a new bill on Tuesday that would enshrine in law the prohibition on hydraulic fracturing that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration imposed by regulation in 2014 without going through what was then a politically divided Legislature. Metzger, a Rosendale Democrat, chose the five-year anniversary of Cuomo’s fracking ban to […]

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Farley blasts impeachment vote

Republican congressional candidate Chele Chiavacci Farley condemned the House Democrats’ vote to impeach President Trump on Wednesday as a partisan maneuver with no legal basis and the fulfillment of a Democratic quest since Trump took office. Farley, who plans to challenge Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney next year for New York’s 18th Congressional District seat, […]

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Two Skoufis FOIL bills await Cuomo decision

Two bills sponsored by state Sen. James Skoufis that would strengthen access to public records were delivered this week to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and are awaiting his decisions to sign or veto them. Both proposals were approved by the Legislature during the session that ended in June, by unanimous votes in the Assembly and with […]

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House Dems vote to repeal 2017 cap on state and local tax deduction

The House approved a bill on Thursday that would remove the $10,000 federal cap on state and local tax deductions that Republicans included in their 2017 tax overhaul and that both Democrats and Republicans from high-tax states like New York and New Jersey have opposed. The proposal, which would raise the cap to $20,000 for […]

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Maloney, Delgado tout bill to lower prescription drug costs

Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney and Antonio Delgado cheered the House passage on Thursday of a bill that would cap prescription drug expenses and seek to lower them for seniors by allowing Medicare to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies. The bill, named after the late Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings, was approved in a party-line vote of […]

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GOP candidate announces 2020 run for Orange County Court judge

A former chief assistant county attorney declared her candidacy this week for the Orange County Court seat that Judge Robert Freehill will vacate next year after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. Hyun Chin Kim, who worked in the Orange County Attorney’s Office for 13 years and ultimately supervised all civil litigation for the […]

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