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Three Dems seek to run for Ulster County executive

Three Democrats are now angling to succeed Ulster County Executive Mike Hein in what could be two or three or competitions this year, first to finish Hein’s term after he leaves office and then win a four-year term in the general election in November. Hein, a Democrat who has led the county for a decade, [...]

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Maloney named to House intelligence committee

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has been appointed to the House committee that oversees the FBI and CIA and that is expected to dig deeper into Russian interference in the 2016 elections with Democrats now in control of the House. Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat elected to his fourth term in November, invoked 9/11 and the [...]

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Three Dem bills to boost voter turnout await Cuomo’s signature (updated)

Three Democratic bills intended to increase voter participation in New York are set to be signed into law by Jan. 25 after state lawmakers approved them on this year’s first day of legislative action and immediately delivered them to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The bills will establish a 10-day early-voting period, starting this year with the [...]

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Skoufis bill would require renaming of Independence Party

Sen. James Skoufis of Woodbury is one of two Democrats sponsoring a bill that would deflate one of the state’s power brokers by stopping the Independence Party from continuing to use a name that misleads voters by giving a non-partisan appearance to the candidates who run on its line. The brief proposal, introduced on Tuesday, [...]

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NY may allow property-tax extensions for unpaid federal workers

A bill approved almost unanimously by the state Assembly on Tuesday would let counties and municipalities extend property-tax payment deadlines for federal employees who are furloughed or working without pay because of the partial government shutdown. The bill would allow local governments to pass resolutions to delay the due dates until 90 days after the [...]

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Primary date move starts NY political season in February

The return of June primaries in New York for the first time since 1974 will mean an accelerated timetable for candidates to file their election petitions, starting this year with county and local races. State lawmakers voted on Monday to consolidate state and federal primaries in June, eliminating the September primary for state, county and [...]

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Brescia removes Anagnostakis as committee chairman

Orange County Legislator Mike Anagnostakis, a Town of Newburgh Republican who has clashed with his party at times and recently announced his departure from the caucus, has been removed as chairman of a committee he led for five years in what he denounced on Friday as an act of “political retribution.” A list of committee [...]

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Maloney, Delgado back House Democrats’ leadoff reform bill

Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney and Antonio Delgado joined 216 other House Democrats this month in co-sponsoring a 571-page leadoff bill for their newly empowered caucus that combines pent-up priorities such as forcing public disclosure of “dark money” campaign donors, ending gerrymandering and requiring states to allow early voting. The bill, dubbed the “For the People [...]

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Four new mid-Hudson lawmakers start work in Albany

Four new state senators and Assembly members representing parts of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties took their seats in Albany on Wednesday at the start of a legislative session with a large turnover in the region’s delegation. Democratic senators James Skoufis and Jen Metzger filled the seats long held by Republicans Bill Larkin and John [...]

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Brescia remains Orange Legislature chairman for 2019

Orange County lawmakers reelected Steve Brescia as their chairman this month, giving the longtime Montgomery mayor and Orange’s longest-serving county legislator his sixth year at the helm of a Republican-dominated Legislature. Brescia succeeded fellow Republican Michael Pillmeier as chairman in 2014 after Pillmeier retired and now commands a 21-seat chamber on which Republicans widened their [...]

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