McLAUGHLIN, STEC: ALBANY'S ETHICS REFORM LEADERS CONTINUE TO FIGHT

          Following the sentencing of two former legislative leaders to 17 combined years in prison on corruption charges and just days before disgraced former Sen. John Sampson faces a similar fate, Assemblymen Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Troy) and Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury) are pushing one of the most exhaustive ethics overhauls in legislative history. The bill currently awaits action in the Assembly’s Election Law Committee.

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PREET BATTING A THOUSAND

          “As a legislator, some of the most heartbreaking things I hear in my district are that we are all corrupt and the apathetic sense that things will never change. Cases like this reinforce those regrettable opinions. Regardless of a lawmaker’s party affiliation, the fact remains that Dean Skelos disgraced his office and used his power, influence and money for personal gain and now he is rightfully paying the price. I hope this represents a turning point in Albany, where lawmakers are held accountable and we can begin to regain the public’s confidence, which starts with pension forfeiture for corrupt lawmakers and term limits for legislative leaders.”

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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McLAUGHLIN: 'NEVER A PARTISAN ISSUE, ALWAYS AN INTEGRITY ISSUE'

          In the aftermath of Sheldon Silver’s prison sentencing and days before Dean Skelos is likely to receive a similar fate, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Troy) announced today that he is working with Assembly Bill Drafting to introduce a comprehensive ethics package aimed at addressing the root causes of public corruption that have been brought to the forefront in recent days.

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FROM A MEMBER OF THE BAR TO BEHIND BARS

          “I’m glad to see that the only backroom deals Sheldon Silver will be negotiating for the rest of his life will be trading a pair of clean socks for an extra dessert during meal time. Today should stand as a reminder that corruption will no longer be tolerated in Albany. Those living in the taxpayer-funded lap of luxury are not above the law, and New Yorkers are fed up with Albany’s deceit, corruption and abuse of power. Drain the swamp.”

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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ASSEMBLY DEMS VOTE DOWN INCREASED SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS

          Following a press conference in Albany held by Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue), Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today called for a floor vote on legislation to toughen restrictions on level one sex offenders. McLaughlin sponsors the initiative, which would increase the amount of time a level one sex offender would be required to remain on the sex offender registry by 10 years. The original statue was put in place twenty years ago, meaning many level one sex offenders will be coming off the registry in 2016 and may still pose a threat to society.

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ASSEMBLY DEMS SIDE WITH ILLEGAL ALIENS OVER MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES

          Assembly Democrats today voted down legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) that would have made college more affordable for middle-class New Yorkers. McLaughlin sponsors legislation that would provide some student loan forgiveness for students who receive high-tech degrees from colleges or universities within the state and pledge to work in a high-tech field in New York for five years. Democrats also blocked an initiative to make Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding more accessible for prospective students, which McLaughlin also sponsors.

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McLAUGHLIN: 'HEY PREET, I HOPE YOU'VE BEEN WATCHING'

          “Nothing that happened this week can be remotely classified as democracy. It is blatantly obvious that Albany will perpetuate its old ways of closed-door budget negotiations, disenfranchising millions of New Yorkers in exchange for absolute power and control.

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McLAUGHLIN: LACK OF ETHICS REFOM IN BUDGET PROVES ALBANY ISN'T WILLING TO CHANGE

          “It is one day before we have to vote on how to spend nearly $142 billion in taxpayer money, and I still can’t tell you what exactly we will be voting on. The absolute hypocrisy is that just last week, Assembly Democrats were proud to vote for their so-called transparency and accountability reforms, yet 99 percent of the public, media and legislators have been completely excluded from budget negotiations.

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DEMS' RULES REFORMS ARE A BAND-AID ON A BULLET WOUND

          “If you look at the dictionary definition of political grandstanding, you would probably find the so-called ‘reforms’ we voted on today in Albany. Putting committee votes online would not have stopped Sheldon Silver from using his power and influence to accumulate millions in dirty money and run Albany like an organized crime ring for decades.

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ASSEMBLY DEMS PROTECT THEIR OWN, PAD NYC COFFERS

          “No surprise once again, but entrenched Assembly Democrats constructed an Assembly One-House Budget that includes billions in tax increases, coffers for college tuition of illegal aliens and more welfare loopholes. The tax-and-spend mentality is apparent once again as Medicaid, one of the most powerful driving forces in soaring property-taxes, remains among the largest expenditures along with downstate issues like the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The Democrats’ budget also fails to include any middle-class tax cuts, aid for our struggling small businesses or mandate relief.

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