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State Senator James Skoufis

Graffiti on a utility box in Cornwall, NY
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A New York state lawmaker says a utility provider in the Hudson Valley has committed to removing graffiti in a city in Orange County.

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A New York state senator says he has secured a commitment to void parking fines for healthcare workers at a facility in Orange County.

NYS Senators David Carlucci (at the podium) and James Skoufis (left) and local EMS providers at Anthony Wayne Recreation area in Bear Mountain to call on Verizon to begin construction on two cell phone towers, Feb. 2020
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Two New York state senators from the Hudson Valley say construction on two cell-phone towers has begun for a dead zone along a highway through two counties.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
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In one of its first major moves since the coronavirus pandemic took hold, the New York state legislature last week passed a package of COVID-19-related bills. Democratic State Senator James Skoufis co-sponsored many of the bills that range from education needs to price gouging penalties. Skoufis, who chairs the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about some of the measures along with whether his committee will be looking into Governor Andrew Cuomo’s actions regarding nursing homes during the pandemic.

New York state Senate Democrats and others are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to follow New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s lead when it comes to graduations. Murphy said Tuesday that graduations can take place beginning July 6 in person, outdoors and adhering to social distancing guidelines.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
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The chair of the New York state Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee says an investigation launched earlier this year into the live event ticketing industry has taken on urgency amid the coronavirus pandemic.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to marshal coordination with local law enforcement to ensure residents in Orange and Rockland counties are adhering to the state directives for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rockland County executive has been pressing the state to allocate more resources to his county.

Jessica Gulotta in Italy
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The coronavirus pandemic spans oceans. And one state legislature employee in the Hudson Valley not only worries about her family and friends in the Northeast, but her much bigger family in Italy.

A New York state Senator has launched a community initiative to give thanks to people working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
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The coronavirus pandemic is upending daily life across the country, but it’s still a presidential election year. State Senator James Skoufis wants New York’s April presidential primary moved to June. He spoke about this and his expectations for reaching a budget deal with WAMCs Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

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A New York state senator is calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to close outlet malls amid the coronavirus pandemic.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state-funded water filtration system intended to alleviate the PFOS water woes in Newburgh has been up and running for some time, but not for its originally intended purpose.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

In his budget, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes merging the state Thruway Authority with the Bridge Authority. Several Hudson Valley lawmakers oppose the idea, staying protective of the Bridge Authority.

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A health care facility in Orange County, New York has received a state grant to expand services at its Cornwall campus.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $178 billion spending plan seeks to close a $6.1 billion hole widened mainly by Medicaid costs. Now, lawmakers in Albany are weighing in, with budget hearings scheduled this week.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with state Senator James Skoufis about the governor’s proposal to remedy the shortfall, and more.

HV Lawmakers Urge Changes To Bail Reform

Jan 8, 2020
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Some New York state lawmakers in the Hudson Valley are calling for changes to criminal justice reforms that took effect January 1. There is bipartisan support to pass legislation that would allow judges to consider how dangerous a defendant is when determining pre-trial detention.

NYS Senator Wants Background Checks On Mall Santas

Dec 20, 2019
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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill to ensure that employees who work as Santa and the Easter bunny are not sex offenders.

And now an update about a story we brought you in November… The owner of a mobile home park in Orange County has answered cries from a New York state senator and the park’s tenants about a rent increase.

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It’s a familiar experience for thousands of people in the WAMC listening area: you drive to a Metro-North station, park, and catch a train. Now, parking costs could be going up. But as WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, a vote on the proposal has been postponed.

NYS Senator, Mobile Home Residents Fight Rent Increase

Nov 21, 2019

A New York state senator is urging the owner of a mobile home park in Orange County to withdraw a rent increase that he says is unlawful.

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A New York state Senator has introduced a bill to provide lifetime health insurance to kidney donors.

NYS Senator Wants To End Daylight Savings Time

Nov 5, 2019

A New York state senator says it’s time to stop the clock on Daylight Savings Time.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A funeral service was held Thursday for former New York state Senator Bill Larkin, who died Saturday at age 91. He was the last World War II veteran in the state legislature.

Two Democratic New York state senators have released a report on code enforcement following a six-month investigation. There are a number of findings and more than 10 legislative recommendations. The report singles out a town in Rockland County for alleged persistent noncompliance.

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A state senator whose district includes many commuters to New York City applauds legislation that creates a commission for the Gateway Project. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a measure that establishes the Gateway Development Commission.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Over the past three years, there have been numerous meetings regarding the ongoing PFOS water contamination issue in Newburgh. A state senator who represents the city says the meetings have not gathered all relevant stakeholders in one room, and wants to change that, especially with regard to the state’s water filtration system.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
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It was a busy first session for first-term New York state Senator James Skoufis, who represents the 39th district long held by Republican Bill Larkin. Skoufis, who formerly served in the Assembly, is chair of the Senate’s Investigations Committee and, true to his pledge, was proactive in this role. He recently spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about that and more.

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The end of New York’s legislative session brought with it a green light for a video lottery terminal in Orange County. Legislation allows the transfer of a license from the now closed Monticello operation in Sullivan County to a new site in Woodbury.

The New York state Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee has released its report on Pharmacy Benefit Managers. It’s the first report to come out of the committee since Hudson Valley Democrat James Skoufis became chair in January.

Two Democratic New York state senators are holding a public hearing on code enforcement Thursday in Newburgh.

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