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Brabenec rips proposal to let inmates vote

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec grabbed the driver from his rhetorical golf bag on Wednesday after a Democratic senator from Brooklyn introduced a bill that would allow jail and prison inmates to register to vote and cast ballots while behind bars. The proposal by Sen. Kevin Parker would eliminate a section of state law that prohibits felons […]

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Cuomo signs Metzger bill on extended primary hours

Democratic voters in Sullivan, Ulster and 47 other New York counties will get an additional six hours to vote in the presidential primary next April under a bill sponsored by Sen. Jen Metzger that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed on Wednesday. The Metzger bill corrected an oversight in language in this year’s state budget that moved […]

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Farley blasts closed-door impeachment inquiry

Republican congressional candidate Chele Chiavacci Farley denounced House Democrats on Friday for gathering testimony for their impeachment inquiry behind closed doors, and praised Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham for his resolution demanding due process for President Trump. Farley, who plans to challenge Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney next year for the 18th District seat, accused Democrats […]

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Maloney endorses Port Jervis mayor for fourth term

Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker got a boost for his re-election bid on Friday from Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who held a conference call to endorse Decker and called him “exactly the kind of partner I need at the local level to get things done.” Decker, a Democrat who has been mayor of Port Jervis […]

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Skoufis visits Bangladesh with NY Senate delegation

State Sen. James Skoufis was one of five New York senators who visited Bangladesh this week for what his spokeswoman described as a multi-purpose trip that included a stop at a refugee camp and meetings about climate change and a potential exchange program. The Cornwall Democrat, who was scheduled to begin the long return trip […]

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Delgado bill expands eligibility for Medicare drug subsidies

Rep. Antonio Delgado co-sponsored a bill this month that would effectively lower prescription drug costs for some Medicare recipients by exempting retirement income when determining eligibility for federal subsidies that cover out-of-pocket expenses. “Skyrocketing prescription drug costs are crushing our upstate seniors and holding back our local economies,” the Rhinebeck Democrat said in a statement. “Saving […]

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New law will change ballot layout next year

The design of New York’s election ballots will change next year under a law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday that orders a slew of modifications to simplify the layout and make them easier for voters to read. The law takes effect after next July 1, which means it will apply to ballots for […]

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Ryan, Molinaro vow to join lawsuit against EPA over Hudson cleanup

County executives from across the aisle and across the Hudson River announced this month that their counties – Ulster and Dutchess – will file a supporting brief in the state’s lawsuit demanding the federal government order more PCB dredging in the Hudson. State Attorney General Letitia James brought the case against the Environmental Protection Agency […]

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Candidate enters race to take on Metzger in 2020 (updated)

The former owner of a local school-bus company plans to challenge state Sen. Jen Metzger for the 42nd Senate District seat next year. Mike Martucci of Wawayanda opened a campaign fundraising committee for the seat on Thursday. He’s not enrolled in either political party, but presumably would run as a Republican against Metzger, a Rosendale […]

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Delgado campaign reports $1.5M on hand

Rep. Antonio Delgado raised $636,000 in the third quarter and had more than $1.5 million in his campaign account as of Sept. 30, a giant lead for the freshman Democrat in a district that Trump won by seven points in 2016 and Republicans have targeted as a 2020 pickup opportunity. Of the three Republicans who […]

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