“The Assembly’s one-house budget does little to correct the glaring inefficiency in our ethics rules here in Albany,” said McLaughlin. “The Assembly Democrats chose to almost completely reject Gov. Cuomo’s comprehensive ethics package. Sadly, the ‘Reform Caucus’ failed to take action when it really mattered. My unwavering stance on ethics reform will not change, and I believe it is one of the most important accomplishments we can pursue during this budget cycle. Common-sense legislation, such as stripping state pensions from corrupt politicians and requiring the preservation of government emails for more than 90 days, will reap positive benefits and prevent abuses such as those committed by disgraced Assembly member Sheldon Silver. However, as important as ethics reform is, it is not a budget item.  It is unacceptable for Gov. Cuomo to threaten to hold up the state budget over this issue.” 

          “One of my biggest priorities this year has been to fight for equitable education funding and put an end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) that continues to haunt school districts at budget time. Not surprisingly, the Assembly Democrats chose to pay back just 44 percent of the GEA to our needy schools and made no mention of school aid runs. The Majority has virtually ignored upstate communities when it comes to infrastructure funding and slashed economic development investments worse than I have seen in several years. I promise to make my voice heard during budget negotiations to ensure these atrocities do not damage upstate for another fiscal year.”          


Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s Official Website



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