McLAUGHLIN RESPONDS TO CAPITOL CLEANUP COSTS, WRITES TO COMMISSIONER

McLAUGHLIN RESPONDS TO CAPITOL CLEANUP COSTS, WRITES TO COMMISSIONER

McLaughlin takes issue with the wasteful and politically-motivated Capitol landscaping

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose) is troubled that Governor Cuomo and state Office of General Services (OGS) is using the cleanup of a peaceful, organized and respectful rally for political gain. The governor, while enacting a budget that spends over $30 million funding provisions of the NY SAFE Act, has attempted to malign the thousands of law-abiding citizens who came to Albany in protest of legislation restricting their constitutional rights by claiming it will cost $60,000 to clean up the Capitol lawn following the rally.

McLaughlin wrote to OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito requesting a detailed analysis of OGS’s material and labor estimates to repair the lawn. McLaughlin believes these outrageous estimates by OGS seem as nothing more than an attempt to malign the thousands of law abiding citizens who participated in that rally and stir up controversy against those who do not support the Safe Act.

“The figure of $60,000 to fix the West Capitol Park is absolutely ridiculous,” said McLaughlin. “Any normal homeowner would simply roll the lawn, aerate it, fertilize it and then plant grass seed, but not our state government. In New York State we rip out the lawn and roll out expensive sod.

“If the governor is going to continue to support his ill-conceived NY SAFE Act and encourage the passage of other ridiculous legislation, we would be better off covering the Capitol Park with Astroturf, because as long as the constitutional rights of our hard-working and law abiding citizens are being trampled, there will be countless public rallies.”

Editor’s Note: Attached and here, please find the letter Assemblyman McLaughlin sent to OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito in response to OGS’s claim that it will cost the state $60,000 to repair the West Capitol Lawn. 

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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