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Sussman still mulling county executive bid; Skoufis rules out running

Less than nine months before Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus faces re-election for the first time since he took office in 2014, it remains unclear which Democratic candidate will be on the ballot to challenge him. Assemblyman James Skoufis, a Woodbury Democrat who won a third term in November and whose profile has risen since [...]

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Assembly Republicans propose increase in college tuition aid

Assembly Republicans this week laid out their alternative to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “free tuition” proposal, suggesting the state expand both eligibility and dollar amounts for New York’s existing tuition grant program and let taxpayers deduct part of their student-loan payments from their income taxes. Dubbed “the Affordable College for All Initiative,” the concept – it [...]

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Senate passes bill to penalize state for late STAR checks

The state Senate voted unanimously on Monday for a bill that would require the state to pay interest to homeowners if it mails them their STAR checks late, a reaction to the debacle that ensued after the state made a major change last year in the two-decade-old tax relief system. The bill, sponsored by Republican [...]

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Skoufis supports United Monroe participation in KJ talks (updated)

Assemblyman James Skoufis issued a statement supporting the inclusion of United Monroe’s leaders in any private discussions among representatives of the Orange County Legislature, the Town of Monroe and the Village of Kiryas Joel about separating Kiryas Joel from Monroe by forming a new town consisting of Kiryas Joel and additional land. A petition to [...]

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Maloney revives bill to ensure adequate public defense

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced this week that he and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey have re-introduced legislation that would reinforce the constitutional right to a legal defense by allowing class action suits against states that fail to adequately provide public defenders for the poor criminal suspects. The two Democrats first introduced the Equal [...]

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Brescia rebuked for removing two Dems from committees (updated)

Audience members assailed Orange County Legislature Chairman Steve Brescia at the Legislature’s February session for his removal of two Democratic lawmakers from key committees, saying that Matt Turnbull and Jeff Berkman were serving their constituents by asking questions on those panels and that Brescia’s decision to remove them “reeks of political retaliation,” as one speaker [...]

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Rockland GOP chairman accuses Skoufis of duplicity on lawmaker pay raises (updated)

An anonymous source quoted in the Daily News this week claimed that Assemblyman James Skoufis rebuked Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a private gathering for blocking lawmakers’ expected raises, prompting both Cuomo — in this source’s account – and Rockland County’s Republican chairman to brand Skoufis a hypocrite for staunchly opposing any increase in the Legislature’s [...]

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Law to cancel or cut pensions of convicted officals clears second hurdle

Here’s a form of corruption control in Albany that almost everyone could agree on. On the same day this week, both legislative chambers passed for the second time a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow judges to revoke or reduce the state pensions of certain public employees convicted of a felony related to his or [...]

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Column invokes frallen CIA officer from Monroe

An opinion column published this week in the New York Times and other publications invoked the memory of Gregg Wenzel, a Monroe native who died overseas while working for the CIA, in a scathing denunciation of the speech President Donald Trump gave to a gathering of CIA officers at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va. [...]

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Republicans reprise “Blue Lives Matter” bills

Republicans are renewing their push to protect first responders and law enforcement by making attacks against them a hate crime with the “Blue Lives Matter” bills. A Senate bill (S1114A) reintroduced on Jan. 6., pushes to include employment as a first responder in the categories used to define hate crimes. This would include law enforcement, [...]

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