McLAUGHLIN: CUOMO BACKPEDALS ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS, REFUSES TO SIGN WOMEN'S EQUALITY LEGISLATION

          “It is degrading and insulting to the women of this state that Gov. Cuomo is refusing to sign the multitude of women’s equality bills that were passed this legislative session. This is legislation that he pushed for and was passed several months ago. If he really cared about protecting New York’s women he would have signed these bills already. Instead, he and his Democratic cronies are using women’s rights for political leverage as they have done for the past three years. It is clear that the governor is delaying signing these bills until he feels he has enough media attention to bring a halt to his sliding poll numbers.

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CREATE A COMMISSION: CUOMO'S WAY OF ESTABLISHING A SCAPEGOAT

          “Gov. Cuomo’s newly-established task force to overhaul Common Core is filled with the same cronies and myopic bureaucrats who slammed Common Core down our throats in the first place. I am frustrated, but not surprised, at his tiresome and repeated tactic of packing a commission with yes men and allies to produce favorable results in an effort to mitigate his plummeting poll numbers. Let’s be clear on this, the governor does not care about the educational concerns of parents, teachers and students, nearly as much as he cares about his diving poll numbers and waning aspirations for a higher political office. Judging by the governor’s past experiences with commissions, he will likely use this panel as a scapegoat to dodge responsibility for the implementation of Common Core which he fully supported mere months ago. How can Gov. Cuomo call this a ‘total reboot’ when he has packed this panel with many of the same individuals that sat on his previously dysfunctional commissions?

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McLAUGHLIN APPLAUDS RPI, STATE GRANT WILL BOLSTER CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today announced that Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) was selected to receive a state grant that will designate the center as one of 15 institutions that comprise the New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) program. The CAT program is designed to encourage technology-based applied research and economic development in New York, collaborate with industry, increase competitiveness of NYS companies, and better leverage state funds with investments from the federal government.

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McLAUGHLIN PROMOTES FIRE SAFETY IN CITY OF TROY

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) recently attended an informational event regarding installation and maintenance of residential smoke detectors at the 6th Street Firehouse in Troy. The event was sponsored by the American Red Cross in conjunction with September as National Preparedness Month. Local officials and Red Cross volunteers will work throughout the month to deliver free smoke detectors and fire safety information to residents.

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COWARDLY CUOMO FLIP-FLOPS ON COMMON CORE AMIDST PRESSURE FROM PARENTS, TEACHERS, ASSEMBLY GOP

          “In an effort to salvage abysmal approval ratings, especially among upstate voters, Gov. Cuomo has finally changed his tune on the Common Core Standards. Unfortunately, I don’t think he has seen the light but rather the polls.

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McLAUGHLIN ENDORSES CHATHAM TOWN SUPERVISOR JESSE DeGROODT FOR RE-ELECTION

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today endorsed GOP Chatham Town Supervisor candidate Jesse DeGroodt in his bid for re-election. DeGroodt is a lifelong resident of Chatham with an impressive resume that includes covering town issues through local media outlets, working for the Mac-Haydn Theatre and highly active in bringing broadband internet access to the town.

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McLAUGHLIN: FUELING IMAGINATION AND LEARNING, CAPITAL REGION LIBRARIES ON THEIR WAY TO UPGRADES

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today announced that 7 libraries in his district will receive grant funding to make various infrastructure and cosmetic upgrades. Kinderhook Memorial Library, Arvilla E. Diver Memorial Library, Castleton Public Library, Cheney Library, East Greenbush Community Library, Grafton Community Library and Sand Lake Town Library will all receive grants in the range of $4,485 to $27,208 as part of a capital fund appropriation in the 2014-15 State Budget.

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McLAUGHLIN APPLAUDS HOOSICK STREET UPGRADES

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today commended local officials and the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) on their recent announcement that the entire stretch of Hoosick Street within the City of Troy will receive utility upgrades and resurfacing.

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McLAUGHLIN: CUOMO'S MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING IS GRANDSTANDING THAT BUCKS THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today called Gov. Cuomo’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) issued Friday evening an abuse of executive power and political grandstanding. The MOU unconstitutionally halts implementation of a statewide ammunition registry after it became law as part of the SAFE Act in January 2013.

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McLAUGHLIN: ASSEMBLY DEMS JAM THROUGH RENT CONTROL, IGNORE UPSTATE AS 'CORRUPTION SESSION' ENDS

          “It is unfortunate that after months of corruption dominating the headlines, Assembly Democrats have cost the state tens of thousands in tax dollars by delaying session several more days in pursuit of a more lucrative rent control agreement for New York City. Once again, we saw a bill jammed through the Legislature at the last minute without time for public comment or analysis. The way we conducted business in Albany this year was a mockery and legislative leaders should be ashamed.

      

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