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Faso bucked GOP to defend online privacy rule

Rep. John Faso was one of 15 House Republicans to join Democrats on the losing side of a vote this week to repeal a federal rule that would stop internet providers from selling customers’ online browsing histories and other confidential information. The Republican-controlled House voted 215-210 on Tuesday to rescind the regulation, which the Federal [...]

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Cuomo and Faso wage war over Medicaid measure

A remarkable sideshow to this week’s drama in Washington over the House Republicans’ proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act was the daily slugfest between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rep. John Faso over an amendment that was intended to shore up the support of New York’s House Republicans. The addition, announced Monday night, applied only [...]

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Multiple STAR proposals in play in state budget talks

Perhaps the biggest issue involving New York’s STAR tax-relief program in budget negotiations under way in Albany is whether – and when – the state will reverse last year’s botched change in how new homeowners receive that tax break. But several other potential alterations are on the table as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders [...]

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No charges in de Blasio campaign finance probe with Ulster ties

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced this week it would bring no criminal charges in an investigation into complaints that aides to Mayor Bill de Blasio had funneled large campaign donations through Democratic committees in Ulster and other counties in 2014 to support Democratic state Senate candidates and bypass the state’s limits on how much [...]

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Cahill, Seward wield dueling bills to legalize ride-hailing upstate

Two state lawmakers representing parts of Ulster County are again playing key roles in the prolonged push to legalize Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services upstate, each as chairman of an insurance committee and sponsor of a bill laying out the rules for how those companies would operate in New York. The version introduced by [...]

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Assembly Dems offer changes to Cuomo tuition proposal

Assemblymen James Skoufis of Woodbury and Kevin Cahill of Kingston are among a group of Democrats urging their conference leaders to modify Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for free tuition at SUNY and CUNY by raising the income threshold for those who would qualify, enabling households with a combined income of up to $175,000 to claim [...]

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Neuhaus plans 2017 campaign kickoff

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus has scheduled a fundraiser in April that will also serve as the kickoff for his campaign to win a second term in office this November. The event will take place at the Palacio Conference Center in Goshen on the evening of April 6, right after Neuhaus delivers his annual State [...]

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Larkin holds fundraiser for 2018 campaign

Despite uncertainty in the political world last year about whether state Sen. Bill Larkin would run for a 14th Senate term, the 89-year-old lawmaker is set to hold a campaign fundraiser in Orange County tonight to fatten his coffers for yet another re-election race in 2018. Invitations to the reception at Anthony’s Pier 9 in [...]

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Skoufis touts bill to support full-day kindergarten in 6 districts

Assemblyman James Skoufis advocated on Thursday for a bill he’s cosponsoring that would provide state funding to a handful of school districts in New York that still have half-day kindergarten classes and would use the aid to help pay for the transition to full-day programs. The Woodbury Democrat and the bill’s main sponsor, Ken Zebrowski [...]

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Republican senators propose rescinding SAFE Act regs outside NYC

Sen. James Seward other Republican state senators promoted their support this week for a bill that would continue their efforts to rescind new gun regulations imposed by the SAFE Act in 2013, this time with the caveat that the rules could remain in effect in New York City. Everywhere else in New York outside the [...]

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