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Hein faced no approaching deadline from proposed term limits

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein’s recent appointment to run a state agency came just a couple weeks after he lost a battle with the county Legislature over a proposal to set 12-year tenure limits for Ulster’s elected officials – and just as Hein was starting his 11th year as county executive. But the countywide referendum [...]

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Cahill urges state to reconsider CVS-Aetna merger

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, the Kingston Democrat who leads the Assembly Insurance Committee, is urging state officials to reconsider their conditional approval of CVS-Health’s purchase of Aetna until the agreement is strengthened to protect customers and independent pharmacies. In a letter last month to Maria Vulla, the state superintendent of financial services, Cahill suggested a litany [...]

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McElduff announces candidacy for Surrogate Court judge (updated)

Timothy McElduff Jr. of Wawayanda announced Thursday that he’ll run this year to succeed Orange County Surrogate Court Judge Robert Onofry, who was re-elected to a 10-year term in November but must retire at the end of 2019 after turning 70. McElduff has been a lawyer for more than 20 years and is a partner [...]

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Schmitt opens Assembly district office in Chester

New Assemblyman Colin Schmitt has moved into his predecessor’s 99th Assembly District office in Chester and announced three staff members he has hired. Schmitt, a New Windsor Republican elected in November to succeed now-Sen. James Skoufis, will maintain Skoufis’s former district office at 11 Main St. and keep its phone number, 845-469-6929. He has hired┬áJane [...]

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Skoufis hires Anagnostakis as investigations aide (updated)

Democratic Sen. James Skoufis has tapped maverick Republican Mike Anagnostakis as a part-time aide and hired a full-time investigations chief for his staff as he prepares to lead a Senate committee he has vowed to dedicate to more aggressive oversight of state government. Anagnostakis, an Orange County legislator who initially campaigned for Senate last year [...]

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Outside pay limit for legislators would affect Amedore

The only state lawmaker out of 10 representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties who would be affected by the recently ordered limit on outside income is Sen. George Amedore, the Rotterdam Republican who represents part of Ulster and whose family has a lucrative home-building business. The same panel of appointees that awarded legislators $50,500 raises [...]

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Seward is named top Republican on budget panel

Sen. James Seward, a 32-year Republican senator who represents part of Ulster County, was named ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee for the coming legislative session, a prominent position in a caucus that lost eight seats in November and plunged into the minority for the first time in a decade. Sen. John Flanagan, the [...]

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Deadline looms for Chester, Newburgh, Roscoe school aid bills (updated)

The fate of three state bills that would spare three school districts in Orange and Sullivan counties from huge financial penalties for past clerical errors is coming down to the final days of 2018. The legislation, unanimously approved by the Senate and Assembly in June but awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature, would stop the state [...]

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Brabenec named assistant whip for Assembly GOP

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, a Deepark Republican elected to a third term last month, has been named assistant whip for the 43-member, Assembly Republican conference for the next two years. In a statement on Monday, Brabenec thanked Republican Minority Leader Brian Kolb for choosing him, and vowed to stand up to Democrats “and their dangerous proposals” [...]

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Maloney touts gains for Hudson Valley growers in bipartisan farm bill

A little over a month after speaking in Orange County about how stalled farm-bill negotiations could hurt local growers, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney returned to the wood-paneled cider tasting room at Soons Orchard on Friday to celebrate the resounding approval this week of a five-year farm bill renewal with bipartisan support in Congress. “This bill [...]

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