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Assembly Dems pass universal health coverage bill

Assembly Democrats offered their rejoinder this week to Republicans’ efforts in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act: a 15-year-old bill to establish universal, single-payer health insurance for all New Yorkers. Their conference had passed the “New York Health Act” each of the last two years with no hope of the Republican-controlled Senate [...]

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As Curlie Dillard mulls OC Legislature reelection bid, former Newburgh Councilwoman to seek seat

Ailing Democratic Orange County Legislator Curlie Dillard is unsure if he will be healthy enough to represent the City and Town of Newburgh for a second term, and former Newburgh Councilwoman Gay Lee has declared her candidacy for the seat. Dillard, a former Newburgh councilman who won the District 4 Legislature seat in 2013, will [...]

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Sussman trades jabs with Neuhaus after forgoing race

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus lobbed a strong insult at a political rival last weekend after Michael Sussman announced he won’t run for county executive this year, telling the Mid-Hudson News that the attorney and Democratic activist was less popular than “sewer treatment plants” and “life-altering diseases.” That line, and one that followed about Sussman’s [...]

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Four Orange legislators will forgo reelection

Four Orange County legislators – the current Republican and Democratic leaders, and the last two Democratic leaders – plan to bow out this year when elections are held for all 21 county Legislature seats. Chris Eachus, a New Windsor Democrat who’s been on the Legislature for 12 years and led the Democratic caucus in 2014 [...]

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Maloney predicts big changes in 2018 elections

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney had some advice for fellow Democrats about reconnecting with voters in the wake of last year’s elections during his interview with the Times Herald-Record editorial board on Tuesday. Maloney pointed out that he won re-election in November in a district that Donald Trump won, and argued that New York’s 18th District [...]

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Dems hold 9,000-voter enrollment edge in Orange

Registered Democrats outnumbered Republicans by about 9,000 voters in Orange County at the end of March, a tiny increase in the enrollment edge held by a party that used to be so deep in the minority that Republicans commanded a 17,000-voter advantage as recently as 20 years ago. That lead gradually diminished, and Democrats first [...]

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House bill renews fight over NY counties’ Medicaid costs

Call it Round 3 in the bout between Rep. John Faso and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over relieving New York counties of their share of the state’s Medicaid costs. The conflict started in March, when Faso championed an amendment to the Obamacare replacement bill that was intended to secure the votes of balky Republicans in New [...]

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Senate passes bill to limit leadership terms

The state Senate passed a bill this week that would let leaders and committee chairmen in both the Senate and Assembly serve no more than eight years in those positions, the third time it has tried to codify for both chambers a limit it adopted for its own house through a rule change in 2009. [...]

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Assembly passes environmental bills for Earth Day

The state Assembly passed several environmental-themed bills this week on their first work days after Earth Day last Saturday. A few were non-controversial and cleared the chamber with little opposition. One, co-sponsored by James Skoufis, D-Woodbury, and Frank Skartados, D-Milton, would require the owners of ships and trains carrying crude oil through New York and [...]

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Senate passes eight bills to fight heroin/opioid crisis

The state Senate passed a raft of legislation on Monday to combat the heroin and prescription-pill epidemic by outlawing a whole new crop of drugs, including those developed in labs with slight variations from banned drugs in order to circumvent the law. Among the drugs targeted in six separate bills were new derivatives of fentanyl, [...]

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