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Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have introduced a bill to close a loophole that allows sex offenders to live near daycare facilities.

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Criticism continues over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing home death data during the COVID-19 pandemic. Two state Senators from the Hudson Valley are dissatisfied with different aspects, and both want to see the governor’s emergency powers diminished.

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New York state and local elected officials say a certain area of Rockland County needs more COVID-19 vaccination opportunities.

NYS Senator James Skoufis, EMS personnel and other lawmakers talk about needed cell towers in "dead zone"
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Verizon has completed two cell phone towers in a dead zone in part of New York’s Hudson Valley. The towers are fully active and expand E911 coverage.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is introducing legislation to ensure the military’s public health service members have proper benefits.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley plans to introduce legislation to help provide relief from certain fees placed on restaurants and taverns.

NYS Lawmakers Propose A SALT Workaround For Some

Dec 18, 2020
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Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have introduced legislation for a state and local tax workaround for partnerships. The hope is to counter what they call the negative impact of a state and local tax deduction cap under federal tax legislation signed three years ago.

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A number of New York state Senate races in the Hudson Valley have not been decided. It could be weeks before constituents know who will represent them next year.

NYS Senator James Skoufis; Moderator Dr. Larry Force, Director of The Center on Aging and Policy at Mount Saint Mary College; Steve Brescia during October 22 debate
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A first-term New York state Senator and his Republican opponent recently took part in an Orange County Citizens Foundation debate. Democrat James Skoufis is seeking re-election in the 39th District, which had been held by longtime Republican Senator Bill Larkin, who did not seek re-election in 2018 and died at age 91 a year later. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the contentious debate.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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