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Maloney continues push for House tampon purchases

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney took his recent push for tampon availability in congressional offices to the top this week, writing a joint letter with Rep. Grace Meng asking House Speaker Paul Ryan make sure such purchases are reimbursable. The Cold Spring Democrat first sounded the alarm last week after a congressional finance office refused to [...]

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Three building trade unions endorse Skoufis for Senate

Assemblyman James Skoufis announced the endorsements of three building trade unions on Friday in his campaign for the 39th Senate District seat Bill Larkin is vacating. The Woodbury Democrat said that Teamsters Local 445, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 373 and Laborers Local 754 all backed him, joining a fourth trade union - International Union of Operating [...]

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Basile proposes providing lawyers for the poor in civil cases

Stony Point councilman and state Senate candidate Tom Basile on Tuesday proposed expanding the guarantee of legal representation in New York by requiring the state to provide lawyers for poor people in civil cases, in addition to criminal cases. “If you’re a mother involved in a landlord-tenant dispute or need an order of protection against [...]

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Anagnostakis proposes school-funding task force

Orange County legislator and state Senate candidate Mike Anagnostakis called on Monday for the creation of a task force to find a better way to fund New York’s public schools, blaming school taxes for homeowners leaving the state and Senate Republicans for failing to solve the problem. Anagnostakis, one of two Republicans competing to run [...]

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Anagnostakis backs gun bills blocked by Senate GOP

Orange County Legislator Mike Anagnostakis took aim this week at the Senate Republican conference that he hopes to join for “shamefully” blocking Democratic-sponsored, gun-safety bills that he said he supports. Among the proposals was a bill that would allow judges to issue “extreme risk protection orders” to keep guns out of the hands of people [...]

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Basile proposes tax credit for donations to union training programs

Stony Point councilman and Senate candidate Tom Basile has proposed creating a state tax credit for businesses and individuals that make donations to trade unions to help pay for training and apprenticeship programs. Basile, one of two Republicans running for the 39th Senate District seat that Bill Larkin is vacating, said his proposed credit would [...]

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Skoufis pitches merged primaries and other reforms

Assemblyman James Skoufis pitched several election reforms for his Senate campaign this week, including early voting and the consolidation of New York’s state and federal primaries. Skoufis, the Woodbury Democrat running for the 39th Senate District seat that Bill Larkin is vacating, made his announcement on Tuesday as New York was holding its congressional primaries, [...]

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DCCC adds Delgado to “Red to Blue” candidate list

Two days after his primary victory in New York’s 19th Congressional District, the House Democrats’ campaign arm has made Antonio Delgado one of its top prospects for the fall, adding him to a list of 55 challengers they will help try to unseat Republican House members. The Rhinebeck attorney won a seven-way race on Tuesday [...]

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Maloney pans second defeated GOP immigration bill

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, part of bipartisan majority that soundly defeated on Wednesday what had been billed as a compromise immigration bill, dismissed it afterward as a Republican “dumpster fire” that would waste billions on the Mexican border wall President Trump wants. “This thing is not a compromise,” the Cold Spring Democrat said in a [...]

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Maloney, Faso split on farm bill

Rep. John Faso cheered the passage of a five-year farm bill that squeaked through the House in a 213-211 vote with only Republicans in support last Thursday. In a statement on Friday, Faso, R-Kinderhook, applauded the element that helped cause a stark partisan divide on the bill – an expansion of the work requirements for [...]

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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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