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Farley pledges to support term limits (updated)

Republican congressional candidate Chele Chiavacci Farley announced this week that she had signed a pledge to support legislation that would limit House members to six years in office and senators to 12. “I believe enacting term limits for members of Congress is one of the most important things we can do to make Congress work […]

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Delgado warchest tops $2M after big fundraising haul

Rep. Antonio Delgado reported Friday that has campaign had raked in $773,000 in the last three months of 2019, leaving him with $2.1 million on hand for a race in which no serious challenge has been mounted. Delgado, a Democratic freshman from Rhinebeck whose sprawling district includes Ulster and Sullivan counties, was a prodigious fundraiser […]

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Oppenheimer endorses Fine in Dem contest for NY-17 seat

Allison Fine, a Westchester County resident vying with at least three other Democrats to run for retiring Rep. Nita Lowey’s seat, announced an endorsement on Thursday from former state Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, a fixture in Westchester politics for more than three decades. “As someone who worked alongside Nita for years, I can think of no […]

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Maloney campaign will report $534K haul in fourth quarter

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s campaign said Wednesday it will report this week its biggest fundraising quarter in more than two years and a $754,000 balance as of Jan. 1 for his upcoming bid for a fifth term in Congress. According to his campaign, the Cold Spring Democrat raised $534,000 in the last three months of […]

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Skoufis bill would expand rules to form new villages (updated)

A new bill by state Sen. James Skoufis would raise the threshold and add new requirements for incorporating new villages in New York, a consequential step that can be done with little more than 500 inhabitants and a vote by the adults in that area under state law. A proposal introduced last week by the […]

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Metzger-Jacobson bill would expand SUNY “free tuition” program

State Sen. Jen Metzger and Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson have reintroduced their bill from last year that would allow part-time and vocational students at New York’s public colleges to seek Excelsior scholarships, also known as the state’s “free tuition” program. Those scholarships, which cover any remaining tuition costs after other aid forms are exhausted, are available […]

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Schmitt led local Assembly members in fundraising

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt led in campaign fundraising among the six Assembly members representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties with almost $63,000 in contributions since July, according to financial disclosure reports filed this month with the state Board of Elections. Schmitt, a New Windsor Republican starting his second year in Albany, had nearly $80,000 in his […]

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GOP town supervisor endorses Skoufis

State Sen. James Skoufis, a Cornwall Democrat gearing up for his first Senate re-election run with no announced opponent yet, wheeled out an early, cross-party endorsement on Tuesday from New Windsor Supervisor George Meyers, a Republican who returned to office in January. “Senator Skoufis has been and will continue to be a champion for New Windsor’s residents,” Meyers […]

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Poll finds weak support for NY’s bail reforms

A Siena College poll taken after a wave of negative publicity surrounding New York’s newly implemented bail reforms found that 49 percent of New Yorkers viewed those changes as bad for the state and only 37 percent saw them as good. Disapproval was particularly heavy in the suburbs, where 64 percent of poll respondents took […]

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Skoufis reports huge campaign warchest after one year in Senate

State Sen. James Skoufis has amassed one of the largest campaign accounts in the Hudson Valley in his first year as a senator and has no declared Republican challenger yet as he prepares for his first re-election run. The Cornwall Democrat, a former assemblyman who succeeded the late Republican Sen. Bill Larkin last year, reported […]

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