Longtime incumbent Senator William Larkin of the 39th District  (covering eastern Orange County and the towns of Marlborough and Plattekill in southern Ulster) comfortably won his Hudson Valley seat. Larkin was challenged by Democrat Councilwoman Gay Lee of Newburgh. Larkin received 25,745 more votes than Lee. This gave Larkin 64 […]

Long-time Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, according to The Associated Press, has defeated challenger Kevin Roberts with 23,816 votes to Robert’s 15,134 in Assembly District 103 on Tuesday. Cahill garnered 59 percent of the vote while Roberts received 37 percent.  4 percent of the votes were blank or write-in. Roberts, a Republican who […]

Republican Tom Croci will take office Jan. 7, 2015 following his victory over Democratic challenger, Adrienne Esposito this Tuesday in the race for New York State’s 3rd Senate District. Croci’s victory, as reported by the Associated Press, came in at 58 to 42 percent over Esposito, which translated into 32,405 […]

Incumbent Tony Avella easily defeated the Green Party’s Paul Gilman on Nov. 4 in a landslide victory for the 11th Senate District in Queens. While the Green Party’s Gilman was hopeful during an interview with The Legislative Gazette last month, the incumbent easily held on to the seat, winning 92 percent of […]

Democrat Jo Anne Simon handily won her bid for Brooklyn’s State Assembly District 52 Tuesday with 17,293 votes, around 70 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press.  Liberal Pete Sikora, running on the Working Families Party line, received 5,582 votes, around 22 percent of the vote. The result […]

Andrew Cuomo defended his seat as governor of New York against challenger Robert Astorino. Cuomo received 54 percent of the vote to Astorino’s 41 percent, pulling 1,918,744 democratic votes to Astorino’s Republican 1,442,655, according to The Associated Press. Cuomo, a Democrat elected as governor in 2010, has committed his term […]

Beginning this coming session, copies of legislative bills will now be electronically distributed when the New York Legislature is in session, after Ballot Proposal 2 was passed by voters Tuesday in New York. According to the Associated Press, more than 2.164 million people voted in favor while 634,147 voted against […]

  Following the approval of a new constitutional amendment by voters in November 2013, New York is set to approve four resort-style casinos across the state this fall. The casinos will be spread across three regions, with one casino built in each region. New Paltz falls into the Catskills/ Hudson […]

by Richard Moody, the Legislative Gazette A bill in the state Legislature banning sexual orientation conversion therapy is on the move through the Assembly. The bill, A.6983-a/S.4917-a, would change state Education Law, prohibiting the practice of the “gay cure” on patients below the age of 18. Both California and New […]

April 01, 2013 Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, and Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, introduced a bill that would allow patients suffering from severely debilitating or life-threatening conditions to be treated with medical marijuana under medical supervision. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have laws that allow […]

             Students and community members came together on Old Main quad Friday, Oct. 7 for Farm Fest, a celebration during New Paltz’s first Local Food Week.             The event was an afternoon celebration, from 1 to 5 p.m., full of free local food, live music, and fundraising for New Paltz […]

Given the polarizing debate over New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposals, I’ve wholly expected Cuomo’s favorability among New Yorkers to, by the end of the whole agonizing process, take a serious hit. After all, in discussing the governor’s budget cuts with local political activists, I’ve noticed considerable disgruntlement […]

As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defends his proposed state budget for the coming fiscal year, a debate is brewing over whether the governor should extend an income tax increase, dubbed the “millionaire’s tax,” on the wealthiest New Yorkers. This tax hike, which, despite its name, would affect individuals earning […]

Akron/Family, a rock-psych band based out of New York, is known for its freak-out jam sessions, thumping rhythms and epic live shows, which sometimes brings people from the crowd on stage. Since 2002, Akron/Family has declared itself an eccentric freak-folk group whose lyrics focus on the cosmos, space and existentialism. In […]

New Yorkers who were hoping to “throw the bums out” are likely re-making their guest beds, as the majority of incumbents in the state are still in office after this 2010 midterm election. It was not incumbents, as was widely expected, but mostly Democrats who lost seats in New York […]

  Since leaving Ulster County over 30 years ago, Renée Byer has become the senior photojournalist at the Sacramento Bee, won a Pulitzer Prize as well as a number of other awards. During the spring 2010 semester, journalism students at SUNY New Paltz will get the privilege of welcoming her […]