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Cardone announces campaign for Monroe supervisor

Monroe Councilman Tony Cardone announced this week he plans to run for Monroe town supervisor this fall and has the support of the town Republican Committee and that of the United Monroe citizens group, which backed him in his 2015 run for Town Board. Cardone, who owns the Fran’s Hallmark card store in Monroe, served [...]

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Skoufis bill would include disabled students in graduations

The state Assembly unanimously approved a bill this week by Assemblyman James Skoufis that would require school districts to establish policies to ensure that students with disabilities can participate in high school graduation ceremonies. The bill, A1595, is geared toward students who receive a skills and achievement commencement credential instead of a diploma, and who [...]

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Neuhaus honored for economic development push

The agency charged with luring new businesses to Orange County honored County Executive Steve Neuhaus as its “most valuable player” on Thursday, in recognition of his involvement in economic development efforts since he took office in 2014. “Steve’s commitment to making Orange County a place where businesses don’t just survive but thrive has become an [...]

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Democrats condemn report on Hudson River cleanup

Democrats and environmental groups went ballistic on Thursday after the release of a report by the federal Environmental Protection Agency on the state of the Hudson River, which concluded that no further cleanup was needed after an epic dredging project to remove toxic PCBs that General Electric and other manufacturers dumped in the river decades [...]

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Orange County Dems endorse candidate slate for November

Orange County Democrats endorsed political newcomer Patrick Davis as their county executive candidate on Wednesday night, and also backed candidates for county clerk, district attorney and 14 of 21 Legislature seats at their convention at the Holiday Inn in the Town of Wallkill. Davis, a West Point graduate and Iraq war veteran who lives in [...]

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Faso, Maloney both tout new hurdle for Hudson anchorages

Reps. Sean Maloney and John Faso fired off dueling press releases on Wednesday to announce new bill language that would add as much as another year of additional scrutiny to a controversial proposal to create 10 new parking spots for barges on the Hudson River. Both congressmen, who represent neighboring districts with affected stretches of [...]

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Senate bill allows property-tax waiver for fully disabled vets

For the fourth time in six years, the state Senate passed a bill this week that would allow school districts, counties and other taxing jurisdictions to charge fully disabled veterans no property taxes. The proposal, approved without any dissent, was one of several bills related to military service that senators passed on Wednesday to coincide [...]

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Dems rip GOP health bill anew after CBO report (updated)

Rep. Sean Maloney blasted the House Republicans’ health care bill as a “Trojan horse” bearing tax cuts for the rich, following the Congressional Budget Office’s release of a report finding the Obamacare replacement would leave 23 million fewer Americans with health insurance a decade from now. “It turns out that this bill is worse for [...]

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Orange County GOP endorses candidates for fall races

“Team Orange” is up for re-election, former party chairman Bill DeProspo is running for judge, and 16 candidates have come forward to run for 21 Legislature seats. That is the upshot of the Orange County Republican Committee convention at Kuhl’s Mountain House in Middletown on Tuesday. Committee members endorsed the threesome that ran together for [...]

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Assembly Dems pass universal health coverage bill

Assembly Democrats offered their rejoinder this week to Republicans’ efforts in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act: a 15-year-old bill to establish universal, single-payer health insurance for all New Yorkers. Their conference had passed the “New York Health Act” each of the last two years with no hope of the Republican-controlled Senate [...]

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    Chris McKenna covers Orange County government and politics for the Times Herald-Record. He has been a reporter at the newspaper since 1999. Read Full

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