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Cuomo signs bill allowing adoptees their birth records

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Thursday that allows adult adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates with the names of their birth parents, a cause that advocates had pursued in Albany for more than 25 years and that a pair of Orange and Ulster residents had championed. Both were given seats of honor […]

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Anti-impeachment ads target Maloney, Delgado

Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney and Antonio Delgado were among 37 House Democrats targeted by digital ads this week by a conservative group opposed to the impeachment of President Trump. The American Action Network says it spent $2 million on the ads, which coincided with the start of televised impeachment hearings on Wednesday and enable like-minded […]

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Absentee count for tight Ulster DA race starts Monday

Ulster County election officials have around 2,800 absentee and affidavit ballots to begin opening and counting on Monday to determine the outcome of a district attorney race separated by only three votes on Election Day. The contestants in the neck-and-neck contest to succeed retiring District Attorney Holley Carnright are Democrat Dave Clegg and Republican Michael […]

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Skoufis proposes lifetime health coverage for kidney donors

A new bill by state Sen. James Skoufis aims to encourage kidney donations by offering donors free health insurance for life, paid for by the state. The legislation is meant to close a huge gap in the number of New Yorkers awaiting kidney transplants and those willing to sacrifice a kidney. More than 8,000 people […]

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Metzger bill raises farm tax credit to help retain workers

State Sen. Jen Metzger announced a new bill this week to increase an existing tax credit for farmers to bolster their finances and help them attract and retain employees. Current law allowed farmers a $500 refundable credit this year for each worker who put in 500 or more hours, an amount that is set to […]

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Farley releases internet campaign ad

Republican candidate Chele Chiavacci Farley released her first internet ad this week for her 2020 campaign against Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney for the 18th Congressional District seat. “Congress has come to a grinding halt with partisan bickering and obstructionism,” Farley said in the 2 minute, 49 second video. She goes on call the next […]

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Ulster DA candidates await absentee ballot count after nearly tied vote

The contest to succeed Holley Carnright as Ulster County District Attorney came about as close as it could get on Tuesday, with Republican Michael Kavanagh leading Democrat Dave Clegg by just three votes out of almost 50,000 cast in the race. Kavanagh, chief assistant district attorney in Carnright’s office, finished the day with 24,969 votes, […]

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Delgado, Gillibrand propose block grants for rural areas

Rep. Antonio Delgado and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bill last month that would fund $50 billion in block grants for rural areas to spend on broadband service, affordable housing, water and sewer improvements and other efforts to boost their economies. The Rebuild Rural America Act would authorize five-year, renewable grants to rural regions that […]

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Cahill bill on emergency room charges signed into law

Patients whacked with emergency room bills after being taken to a hospital outside their insurance network will now have those charges negotiated by the hospital and their insurer under a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and signed last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The legislation expands a practice known as independent dispute resolution that […]

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Schumer urges feds to finish study on school-bus cameras

Sen. Chuck Schumer pressed a federal agency this week to complete a study it started four years ago to evaluate the effectiveness of mounting cameras on school buses to catch and fine drivers who endanger children by illegally passing stopped buses. New York endorsed that deterrent this year with a law that allows counties to […]

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