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Faso urges long-term budget deal as deadline approaches

Rep. John Faso and other members of the bi-partisan “Problem Solvers Caucus” sent a letter to Democratic and Republican leaders in both houses of Congress this week to urge them to reach a long-term budget deal instead of a stopgap solution before the Dec. 8 deadline for a government shutdown. The 39 House members who [...]

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New law entitles disabled students to graduate with peers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill by Assemblyman James Skoufis that requires school districts to allow students with disabilities to attend graduation ceremonies with their classmates if they earn certain credentials but haven’t gotten a diploma yet. Skoufis, a Woodbury Democrat, sponsored the bill to help children with disabilities who stay in [...]

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Bipartisan praise for Hinchey as a fighter and environmental champion

Sen. Charles Schumer and former Rep. Maurice Hinchey both made their political debuts in 1974, elected to the New York Assembly in a Democratic wave that flipped the Republican-controlled chamber in the midst of the Watergate scandal and a backlash against President Nixon’s party. Of all the elected officials praising Hinchey after his death on [...]

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Poll finds 28 percent support for GOP tax plan in Faso’s district

A poll conducted in Rep. John Faso’s district on behalf of the League of Conservation Voters found far more opposition than support for the Republican tax plan wending its way through Congress. According to results announced on Tuesday, 28 percent of the 250 voters surveyed in New York’s 19th Congressional District supported the tax code [...]

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Dems want to close LLC loophole in Pay-to-Play law

Three Democrats who are departing the Orange County Legislature have suggested tightening the county’s restrictions on campaign donations on a final wish-list of items before they leave office at the end of the year. In a memo to the Legislature’s attorney on Monday, Jeff Berkman of Middletown asked, on behalf of himself and Matt Turnbull [...]

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Faso solicits input on tax overhaul from businesses, local officials

Rep. John Faso held two conference calls on Thursday afternoon to discuss the potential impact of Republicans’ tax overhaul plans with business leaders and elected officials in his congressional district, his office said afterward. Each call lasted 30 to 45 minutes, a spokesman said. The Kinderhook Republican plans to solicit input next from the public [...]

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Palm Tree support was broad in KJ and outside it

The idea of separating a slightly enlarged Kiryas Joel from the Town of Monroe was nearly as popular in the Monroe areas outside the Hasidic village as it was inside it in Tuesday’s referendum. Overall, the proposal to turn Kiryas Joel into the Town of Palm Tree passed with a resounding 83 percent of Monroe [...]

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One KJ bloc backs Neuhaus, the other stays neutral

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus stands to pick up roughly a couple thousand votes in Kiryas Joel for his re-election bid today, despite his efforts to tie his opponent to the Hasidic community in the closing days of the campaign. Anash, the majority party in Kiryas Joel, declined to endorse either the Republican incumbent or [...]

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On the ballot Tuesday: stripping corrupt politicians of their pensions

On the back of the ballot in county and local elections in New York on Tuesday is a referendum voters shouldn’t have to think too long about. The proposal is an amendment to the state constitution that would allow a judge to revoke or reduce a public employee’s state pension if he or she has [...]

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Faso, Maloney seek better data on Lyme cases

Reps. John Faso and Sean Patrick Maloney are among a dozen House members from both parties asking the administration for better tracking of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses and the government’s programs to combat them. In a letter on Oct. 27 to the Department of Health and Human Services’ acting director, Eric Hargan, the House [...]

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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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