Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) announced today that Gov. Cuomo’s veto of his own legislation threatens thousands of teachers across New York State and further harms any attempts to reform the Common Core Standards.  McLaughlin commented that the veto is yet another example of Gov. Cuomo’s lack of leadership and hypocrisy. 

          “This is another example of how New York State leadership functions,” McLaughlin said.  “Bills are vetoed or passed in the middle of the night to limit public dissent because the governor is too much of a thin-skinned hypocrite to announce that he is vetoing legislation that he himself crafted.  Gov. Cuomo is alienating one of our state’s most precious resources in teachers and hindering the progress we have made over the past year in reforming Common Core to protect the groups that are on the frontlines: teachers, parents and students.”

          Assemblyman McLaughlin’s comments come after it was revealed that Gov. Cuomo vetoed legislation late Monday night that would have temporarily prohibited Common Core testing from counting toward teachers’ Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR).  McLaughlin has been a staunch opponent of how the Common Core Standards have been implemented and also ran on the “Stop Common Core” ballot line during this fall’s election cycle. 


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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