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Cahill seeks 13th Assembly term

State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill announced Thursday he plans to run again for the Assembly seat he has held since 1998. The Kingston Democrat represents the 103rd Assembly District, which takes in much of Ulster County and two Dutchess County towns and has a huge Democratic enrollment edge of more than 2-to-1. No one ran against […]

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Farley campaign: NY-18 is still a swing district

A spokesman for Chele Chiavacci Farley’s congressional campaign argued this week that New York’s 18th district is still “reliably purple” in spite of its growing Democratic enrollment edge and that it will go more heavily for President Trump than before if Bernie Sanders is his opponent this fall. “President Trump won the district in 2016 […]

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Republican enters race for Amedore’s Senate seat

A retired state trooper has declared his candidacy for the state Senate seat that Republican George Amedore is vacating in a sprawling district that takes in a chunk of Ulster County. Richard Amedure issued a campaign announcement on Friday that touted his experience as a trooper, veteran, small farmer and member of the Planning Board […]

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Metzger opposes Medicaid cost shift to counties

State Sen. Jen Metzger says she won’t support Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to require counties to cover any annual Medicaid cost increases over 3 percent, an idea that could raise their Medicaid bills again after the state held them flat for several years by absorbing the higher costs. “A Medicaid cost-shift to county and city […]

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Maloney gets Independence Party endorsement

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s campaign announced he has gotten the Independence Party’s endorsement for the third election in a row, all but assuring the Democrat that additional ballot line this fall. Maloney, who has represented New York’s 18th Congressional District since 2013, will seek a fifth House term this fall, challenged by Republican candidate Chele […]

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Metzger calls Senate Dems’ bail plan “just and protective of all New Yorkers”

State Sen. Jen Metzger was one of eight Democratic senators who helped craft a proposal to alter the state’s controversial new bail policy that they hope will answer concerns about public safety while retaining the goal of ending discrimination against poor defendants. “For the past several weeks, I have been participating in a Senate bail […]

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State lawmakers press DOT commissioner on Route 17 widening

The state transportation commissioner got an earful during a recent budget hearing from lawmakers pushing for the addition of a third lane on Route 17 to ease growing tourist traffic on a central artery through Orange and Sullivan counties. Four of the region’s legislators – Sens. James Skoufis and Jen Metzger and Assemblymen Jonathan Jacobson […]

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Maloney, Delgado tout House bill to bolster unions

Hudson Valley Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney and Antonio Delgado touted their support for a bill passed by the House on Thursday that would strengthen union protections for workers and allow government fines against employers who violate labor laws. The vote on the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, or PRO Act, split along party lines […]

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Senate passes bills to combat opioid crisis

A bill by state Sen. Jen Metzger to crack down on doctors who over-prescribe narcotic painkillers was one of 17 bills the Senate passed on Tuesday to address the opioid epidemic in various ways. Metzger’s bill, approved unanimously, would simply add a clause to state law to require the state Health Department to monitor its […]

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Law enforcement leaders, Republicans protest bail reform at Capitol

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler and three Republican assemblymen representing parts of Orange County took part in a large rally in Albany on Tuesday in opposition to the state’s elimination of bail for many crimes while suspects are awaiting trial. Police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys and Republican lawmakers held the protest in the Capitol […]

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