WITH Democrats in control of the state Senate for the first time in decades, municipalities, community groups and nonprofit agencies in the Hudson Valley are seeing their Republican state senators bring home far less bacon than in the past.

At the same time, the ascension of state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill to a committee chairmanship has translated to a more than $1 million increase this year in the amount of state funding the Kingston Democrat has been able to spread around the 101st Assembly District, which encompasses most of Ulster County and the Northern Dutchess town of Rhinebeck…

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