McLAUGHLIN: VETERANS HAVE GIVEN SO MUCH, ASSEMBLY HONORS THEIR SERVICE

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) applauded the veterans buy-back legislation that overwhelmingly passed the Assembly on Wednesday. Assembly Bill 8174-A will allow all honorably discharged veterans the opportunity to purchase three years of their military service from the state to use toward their public retirement benefits. McLaughlin praised the legislation for allowing increased opportunities to New York’s veterans and said he is proud to see this bill pass both houses.

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McLAUGHLIN: PRISONER PRIVILEGES LIMITATION LAW WILL PREVENT PRISON BREAKS, KEEP VIOLENT FELONS BEHIND BARS

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today joined members of the Assembly Republican Conference to introduce legislation that will prevent future prison breaks and abuses by incarcerated violent felons. The legislation is awaiting a bill number in the Assembly but is being carried by Sen. Patrick Gallivan as S.5978.

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McLAUGHLIN: A LITTLE LESS RENT CONTROL AND A LITTLE MORE TAX-CONTROL

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today called on Assembly Speaker Heastie to end his unwavering fascination for striking a rent control deal that will benefit only a fraction of New York State’s population. McLaughlin said it would be misguided to ignore the needs of 17 million other New Yorkers who don’t rent in New York City.

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McLAUGHLIN: YONKERS IS UPSTATE ACCORDING TO CUOMO, UNVEILS HUNGER GAMES 2: EDUCATION EDITION

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today criticized Gov. Cuomo’s new Upstate Distressed Schools Fund for pitting school districts against each other and forcing unnecessary competition instead of distributing funding evenly among upstate schools. The newly- announced fund will focus primarily on alleviating the financial woes of the City of Yonkers.

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McLAUGHLIN WELCOMES CHATHAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO ALBANY

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) welcomed a group of 4th grade students from Chatham School District to the Capitol on Wednesday. McLaughlin, a staunch supporter of primary education, said he was pleased to host students from a school in his district and enjoyed teaching them about the inner workings of New York State government.

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McLAUGHLIN: START-UP NY, A FAILED INVESTMENT IN NEW YORK'S FUTURE

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) joined members of the Assembly Minority Conference at a press conference in Albany Wednesday morning calling for the shut down of START-UP NY, Gov. Cuomo’s initiative to provide exclusive tax-free zones for certain businesses that relocate within New York State. Members also pushed the Small Business Full Employment Act, Assembly Bill 5898, which would enact several tax and regulatory relief measures for small businesses across the state.

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McLAUGHLIN APPLAUDS 103 NEW JOBS FOR CORRECTIONS OFFICERS, PLEDGES CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR NYSCOPBA

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today commended the creation of 103 new positions for corrections officers at various facilities around the state. McLaughlin said this initiative will help keep our communities, prisons and other corrections officers safe from violent criminals. The increase in corrections officers is a new effort to combat the increase in synthetic drugs entering prisons as well as a rise in violent offenders linked to changes in the Rockefeller Drug Laws.

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McLAUGHLIN: BILLIONS IN TAX DOLLARS TO FUND BUDGETLESS TAPPAN ZEE PROJECT

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today called on the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) to publicly release a financial plan that will detail its use of taxpayer money on the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge. McLaughlin said that he, along with many other legislators, has been calling for a financial plan for years and the state budget irresponsibly allocated $750 million in tax dollars to a clearly inept government agency with no specifics on how it will spend the money.

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McLAUGHLIN: ASSEMBLY DEMS FINALLY JOIN REPUBLICANS IN SUPPORT OF TEACHERS, STUDENTS

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today commented on passage of a bill in the Assembly that will address concerns about teacher evaluations and Common Core testing. Assembly Bill 7303-A, which McLaughlin co-sponsored, extends the State Education Department’s (SED) deadline to create a new teacher evaluation system and the deadline by which school districts must negotiate and implement the new plans. The legislation also removes the requirement that school districts must implement the new plans to receive a school aid increase and requires that SED release a significant amount of test questions and answers from the ELA and math assessments given in grades three through eight; among other initiatives.

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McLAUGHLIN: SMOKE, MIRRORS, DECEPTION - POPULAR THEMES AT CUOMO PARTIES

          “Gov. Cuomo’s transparency summit is more like an idea at this point rather than an actual event. The list of invited guests is ambiguous and a location hasn’t even been determined at this point, even though we are only a few days away. Cuomo has a history of using half-hearted promises and deception to appear as though he is actually working on behalf of the people of New York. Why waste taxpayer money and hold a summit on a Friday just before Memorial Day weekend when he could easily hold a meeting on a session day when most legislators are in Albany? The answer is that he doesn’t want anyone to show up so there is no dissent and he can claim the credit and media coverage himself. This event has been botched from the beginning and is just more smoke and mirrors from a feeble leader.

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