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Citizen Action endorses Delgado in NY19 race (updated)

The progressive group Citizen Action has chosen Rhinebeck attorney Antonio Delgado as its preferred candidate among the seven Democrats competing to challenge Republican Rep. John Faso for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat. “Citizen Action and its members are excited to be standing behind Antonio’s campaign,” Quintin Cross, lead organizer for Citizen Action’s Hudson Valley [...]

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Maloney is considering bid for attorney general (updated)

A source close to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said Wednesday that the third-term Democrat is considering running for New York attorney general in the wake of Eric Schneiderman’s resignation, a surprise this week that has set off a burst of competition for an office that was not on the political radar. The source said Maloney [...]

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Maloney, Faso respond to U.S. withdrawal from Iran nuke deal (updated)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney criticized the Trump administation’s announcement on Tuesday that the U.S. will withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, saying the deal halted Iran’s march toward having nuclear weapons and should be improved rather than discarded. “Sure, the deal’s not perfect – I’ve said that since it was brokered – but you [...]

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Assembly passes Child Victims Act in 130-10 vote

For the second year in a row, Assembly members from both parties overwhelmingly approved a bill that would give victims of child sexual abuse more time to seek criminal charges or bring lawsuits, and that Senate Republicans have blocked because of a provision the Catholic Church opposes. The Child Victims Act sailed through the Assembly [...]

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Cahill praises Larkin for his decades of service

Among the Democrats with warm words for Republican Sen. Bill Larkin after his retirement announcement on Thurday was Assemblyman Kevin Cahill of Kingston, who said in a statement that Larkin’s “decades of service have helped our communities in innumerable ways.” “Though we frequently found ourselves on opposite sides of various issues, working with ‘The Colonel’ [...]

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Cuomo and Faso trade shots on GOP food stamp proposal

In what is at least their fourth caustic battle by press release in the last year, Rep. John Faso and Gov. Andrew Cuomo went at it this week over a push by Faso and fellow House Republicans to expand work requirements for food stamp recipients and shift funding for food aid to job training programs. [...]

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Senate passes seven drug-related bills

The state Senate passed seven bills to crack down on drug offenses on Monday, including two that would make it easier to prosecute heroin dealers and another making it an additional crime to sell drugs within 1,000 feet of a treatment clinic. All of the bills passed overwhelmingly (two were approved unanimously) and had cleared [...]

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House passes FAA bill with two Maloney provisions

The latest bill authorizing funding for Federal Aviation Administration programs cleared the House of Representatives on Friday with two provisions that Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney sponsored, including one ordering an investigation into a $30 million federal contract that went awry in the wake of Hurricane Maria last year. The contractor in question was hired to [...]

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Report: CPV spent $430K on lobbying in 2017

A report this month by a nonprofit watchdog group found that Competitive Power Ventures spent $430,000 to lobby officials in Albany and Washington last year, after the Maryland-based company started building its Orange County power plant but while a federal corruption case and a gas-line dispute involving that plant were still looming. CPV’s lobbying bills [...]

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Maloney seeks research grant to fight crop-destroying bug

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is helping researchers seek additional federal funding to study how to stop an invasive insect species that emerged last year as a new threat to Orange County’s onion crop. The Cold Spring Democrat this week released a letter he sent to a Department of Agriculture official in support of a grant [...]

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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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