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EPA hires GOP assemblyman to oversee NY, NJ

An 11-year, Republican assemblyman whose district dips into Ulster County has landed a job as the Region 2 administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency,  overseeing EPA operations in New York and New Jersey as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Peter Lopez, who lives about 50 minutes west of Albany in Schoharie, was [...]

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Sullivan ends bid to run for Congress in ’18

    Sue Sullivan, an Ulster County resident and former hospital administrator who hoped to run for Congress next year, announced this week that she’s leaving the already crowded field of Democrats vying to challenge Rep. John Faso after learning the brutal fundraising demands of today’s campaigns. “I’ve made the decision to withdraw my candidacy [...]

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CSEA endorses Neuhaus for re-election

The union representing roughly 1,500 Orange County government workers endorsed County Executive Steve Neuhaus for re-election and praised him this week, burying their feud over Neuhaus’ effort to privatize the county nursing home after taking office in 2014. The Civil Service Employees Association announced its endorsement on Monday with complimentary statements from three CSEA leaders, [...]

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Lawmakers debate message to state on CPV power plant

Orange County lawmakers weighing what to stance to take on the clamor and regulatory conflict over the power plant being built in Wawayanda approved a resolution in committee that urges the state Department of Environmental Conservation to take any legal actions needed to protect public heath and the environment. The nearly completed Competitive Power Ventures [...]

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Cuomo warns of “devastating one-two punch” to health care in NY

Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned this week that New York faces two impending threats from Washington that would cripple the state’s health care system: a potential plunge in federal funding for indigent hospital care, and the latest attempt by congressional Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare. Cuomo said at a press conference in Manhattan on Tuesday [...]

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Conservative delegates meet on Rosh Hashanah to endorse judge candidate

Several Kiryas Joel residents who recently won primaries to participate in a judicial convention lost their chance to help the Conservative Party endorse a state Supreme Court candidate when the party scheduled its gathering for Thursday in the midst of Rosh Hashanah. In an unsual primary for convention delegates and alternates on Sept. 12, three [...]

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Dems knock Faso for proposed spending cuts

Two Democrats in a crowded field of candidates hoping to challenge Rep. John Faso next year issued statements on Thursday rebuking the Republican freshman for spending cuts House Republicans proposed in legislation they passed that day to fund the government for the 2018 fiscal year. Faso, whose district includes Ulster and Sullivan counties, praised that [...]

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Gillibrand joins push for single-payer health system

New York’s Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was one of 16 Democratic senators to announce their support this week for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” bill, a progressive dream for universal, public health insurance that has gained ground among Democrats. “Health care should be a right; it should not be a privilege once and for all,” Gillibrand [...]

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Navy SEAL who killed Bin Laden will speak at Neuhaus fundraiser

Robert O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL whose gunshots killed Osama Bid Laden in the raid on the Al Queda leader’s hideout in Pakistan in 2011, will speak at a campaign fundraiser for Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus next month. The Oct. 4 fundraiser at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor is the second military-themed campaign [...]

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Brabenec, Skoufis support Palm Tree proposal

Two assemblymen from opposite parties and neighboring districts both voiced their support for separating Kiryas Joel from Monroe by forming a new town before the Orange County Legislature voted on the proposal on Thursday. Karl Brabenec, the Deerpark Republican whose district includes Monroe, emailed his statement just as the Legislature began its 7 p.m. meeting, [...]

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