Author Archives: Chris McKenna

Trump, Schumer agree: new Canada policy will hurt NY dairy farmers

Amid the acrimony in Washington, New York’s senior U.S. senator heartily agreed with President Trump on one point this week: that new trade policies soon to take effect in Canada will hurt American dairy farmers by restricting the import of their milk. Sen. Chuck Schumer, leader of the Senate Democratic minority, praised Trump on Wednesday [...]

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CPV opponents confront Percoco after court appeance

Opponents of the power plant under construction in Wawayanda gave a former close aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo a perp walk he’s unlikely to forget as he left federal court in Lower Manhattan on Thursday after a brief appearance about the corruption charges he faces. The former aide, Joe Percoco, was charged in September with [...]

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Faso introduces bill to end NY counties’ Medicaid costs

Rep. John Faso introduced a bill this week to stop New York State from sharing Medicaid costs with its counties, pressing forward with a proposal that was attached last month to failed legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act and that provoked a heated, week-long clash with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The bill – the “Property [...]

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Cuomo, Faso go another round over Medicaid

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a group of House Democrats rekindled last week’s fight over New York’s Medicaid cost-sharing on Thursday by announcing a forthcoming bill that would raise the state’s Medicaid funding so it could then relieve county governments of the portion they pay. The previous week, Rep. John Faso, the Republican freshman whose district [...]

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Faso bucked GOP to defend online privacy rule

Rep. John Faso was one of 15 House Republicans to join Democrats on the losing side of a vote this week to repeal a federal rule that would stop internet providers from selling customers’ online browsing histories and other confidential information. The Republican-controlled House voted 215-210 on Tuesday to rescind the regulation, which the Federal [...]

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Cuomo and Faso wage war over Medicaid measure

A remarkable sideshow to this week’s drama in Washington over the House Republicans’ proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act was the daily slugfest between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rep. John Faso over an amendment that was intended to shore up the support of New York’s House Republicans. The addition, announced Monday night, applied only [...]

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Multiple STAR proposals in play in state budget talks

Perhaps the biggest issue involving New York’s STAR tax-relief program in budget negotiations under way in Albany is whether – and when – the state will reverse last year’s botched change in how new homeowners receive that tax break. But several other potential alterations are on the table as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders [...]

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No charges in de Blasio campaign finance probe with Ulster ties

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced this week it would bring no criminal charges in an investigation into complaints that aides to Mayor Bill de Blasio had funneled large campaign donations through Democratic committees in Ulster and other counties in 2014 to support Democratic state Senate candidates and bypass the state’s limits on how much [...]

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Cahill, Seward wield dueling bills to legalize ride-hailing upstate

Two state lawmakers representing parts of Ulster County are again playing key roles in the prolonged push to legalize Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services upstate, each as chairman of an insurance committee and sponsor of a bill laying out the rules for how those companies would operate in New York. The version introduced by [...]

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Assembly Dems offer changes to Cuomo tuition proposal

Assemblymen James Skoufis of Woodbury and Kevin Cahill of Kingston are among a group of Democrats urging their conference leaders to modify Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for free tuition at SUNY and CUNY by raising the income threshold for those who would qualify, enabling households with a combined income of up to $175,000 to claim [...]

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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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