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Maloney presides over vote on bill to enshrine LGBT rights in federal law

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney gave an impassioned speech from the floor and then presided over a House vote on Friday on a bill that would fully establish LGBT rights in federal law and prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The House approved the Equality Act in a 236-173 vote, with eight Republicans […]

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Skoufis bill on disclosing municipal well use gets final approval

A bill proposed by Sen. James Skoufis in response to concerns over Kiryas Joel’s new well in Cornwall and approved by the Senate in March cleared the Assembly this week and will be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for approval or rejection. The legislation, first introduced last year when Skoufis was an assemblyman and passed […]

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Stefanik endorses Farley for Congress

Rep. Elise Stefanik, the New York congresswoman who’s pushing to raise the low number of Republican women in Congress, endorsed Chele Chiavacci Farley this week for next year’s race for New York’s 18th Congressional District seat. “Chele Farley brings intelligence, energy, and determination to her race for Congress,” Stefanik said in a press release from […]

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Bill would let Orange municipalities tax property sales for land conservation

A state bill introduced Thursday at the request of the Orange County Legislature would entitle any town or city in Orange to impose a tax of up to 2 percent on property sales and use the proceeds to buy land or development rights, if authorized by voters in that municipality. The bill is very short, […]

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Anagnostakis seeks state probe of past interest owed to county nursing home

Orange County Legislator Mike Anagnostakis announced this week that he’s asking the state Comptroller’s Office to investigate what became of past interest earned by the county’s nursing home, following the recent pledge by county officials to pay the home $600,000 in interest for last year alone. The decision to forward those earnings acted as a […]

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Metzger bill would halt fossil-fuel plans and chart path to green energy

A new bill by state Sen. Jen Metzger would put a moratorium on state permits for gas-fired power plants, oil pipelines and other fossil-fuel infrastructure until the state has plotted a course to using only renewable energy sources by 2030 if possible or by 2040 at the latest. Metzger, a Rosendale Democrat who led the […]

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Brabenec rips move to grant licenses to undocumented immigrants

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, R-Deerpark, issued a preemptive rebuke this week as Democrats reportedly moved closer to passing legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to qualify for driver’s licenses. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told reporters after Democratic members discussed the issue in private on Tuesday that his conference had enough supporters to approve the measure, and […]

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Independent candidate plans another bid for Maloney seat

A middle-school science teacher from Goshen who ran for Congress as an independent in 2014 – and peeled off more than 4,000 votes in a close race between the major-party candidates – has announced plans to run again next year for the seat held by Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. Scott Smith, a former Middletown […]

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Metzger bill sets labeling standards for New York-grown food

A bill introduced by state Sen. Jen Metzger and unanimously approved by the Senate on Tuesday would set standards for which food and drinks can be touted as locally made to appeal to consumers who want to support New York growers and food businesses. The legislation, which originated in the Assembly a year ago, would […]

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Town judge knocked off ballot by fellow Dem

A Monroe town justice who’s running for state Supreme Court may have lost his fallback plan to seek re-election as town justice after a fellow Democrat who collected signatures for him and filed his petition then got that very petition invalidated. Steven Milligram, a trial lawyer who’s finishing his second term as a municipal court […]

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