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Larkin endorses O’Donnell for Congress

Republican 18th Congressional District candidate Jim O’Donnell touted this week the endorsement of state Sen. Bill Larkin, a fellow Republican who’s retiring this year after 40 years in Albany. “I’ve known Jimmy for 35 years, and there is no one more suited to lead us in Congress,” Larkin said in a campaign press release. “Jimmy [...]

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Maloney warns of local impact of farm-bill impasse

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, held a press conference at Soons Orchard in New Hampton on Thursday to warn that the recent expiration of the federal farm bill due to a political impasse endangers funding for non-controversial programs that help Hudson Valley farmers. Among the 39 “orphaned” programs whose authorization expired on Sept. 30 [...]

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Delgado outraises, outspends Faso again

After a three-month stretch in which Antonio Delgado raked in $3.8 million in campaign donations, almost four times more than Rep. John Faso, the Democratic challenger again outraised – and outspent – the Republican he’s trying to unseat over a 17-day stretch of October with the Nov. 6 election looming. Fundraising reports filed Thursday show [...]

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Skoufis presents agenda to help Newburgh as senator

Democratic assemblyman and state Senate candidate James Skoufis issued a litany of proposals on Wednesday to improve the City of Newburgh, laying out priorities for road work, school funding, drinking-water protection and other areas he said he will pursue if elected. His ideas included repaving Route 32 and replacing a temporary Route 32 bridge; helping [...]

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Metzger releases video opposing CPV power plant

Democratic state Senate candidate Jen Metzger on Tuesday renewed her call for the state to revoke its permits for the Competitive Power Ventures power plant in Wawayanda, and released a campaign video expressing health and environmental concerns about the plant and the fracked natural gas that powers it. The video features Greenville resident Catherine Frahme [...]

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Pay raise plans for state lawmakers delayed until after elections

The four men charged with making the politically charged decision of whether and how much to hike the salaries of all 213 state lawmakers, and who must do so by Dec. 10, have finally scheduled their first discussion after months of public silence and at least two fizzled meeting attempts. The date they chose is [...]

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Police, business groups endorse Basile for Senate

Tom Basile, the Republican candidate for the 39th Senate District, announced endorsements this week from various law enforcement groups and business organizations. The supportive police groups included unions representing New York City police officers, captains, lieutenants and detectives, as well as the Orange County Shields, the Orange County deputies’ union, and the union for state [...]

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Orange County BOE extends hours to give out absentee ballots

The Orange County Board of Elections will extend its hours on two dates and open on two Saturdays to distribute absentee ballots to voters who will be out of the county for the Nov. 6 general election. Voters can pick up absentee ballots at the board office at 75 Webster Ave. in Goshen during regular [...]

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Maloney leads O’Donnell in campaign cash after AG run

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney had almost three times as much campaign money as his Republican challenger for the final month of their race for New York’s 18th Congressional District, despite Maloney diverting almost $2.4 million to his unsuccessful run for attorney general this summer and doing relatively little fundraising for Congress. Campaign finance reports filed [...]

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Women’s groups endorse Skoufis for Senate

Democratic assemblyman and Senate candidate James Skoufis announced endorsements on Tuesday from Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC, the National Organization for Women, and the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund. “Women can count on James Skoufis,” Sonia Ossorio, president of the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women, said in a campaign [...]

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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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