McLAUGHLIN: CUOMO SINKS MILLIONS INTO START-UP NY, AUDIT PROVES MISERABLE FAILURE

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today condemned Gov. Cuomo’s marketing campaign for Start-Up NY, which has spent millions of taxpayer dollars on advertising yet created only a few dozen new jobs. An audit published Monday said that despite the $211 million taxpayer-funded contract spent on New York’s economic development marketing program, “no tangible results” were found to have been produced.

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McLAUGHLIN: CUOMO'S NEW YORK A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today commented on New York’s newly-awarded infamous rank as the most corrupt state in the nation. McLaughlin said Gov. Cuomo’s diluted ethics reforms during his tenure have done little to drain the swamp that is Albany, and with the downfall of two of the most powerful political leaders in the state within the last 4 months, New York has actually become increasingly corrupt under Gov. Cuomo’s leadership.

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McLAUGHLIN: CORRUPTION IS UNACCEPTABLE IN ANY FORM, SKELOS MUST STEP DOWN AS MAJORITY LEADER

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today called on Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R,C,I-Long Island) to step down from his leadership role. McLaughlin said corruption is unacceptable in government in any capacity, no matter the party or legislative house in which it occurs. McLaughlin has been one of the Assembly’s most outspoken legislators against corruption since he assumed office in 2011. 

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McLAUGHLIN: GOV.'S EMAIL SUMMIT DELAYED AGAIN, MY EMAIL RETENTION ACT WAS INTRODUCED MONTHS AGO

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today commented on Gov. Cuomo’s plan to hold a meeting for statewide elected officials and various parties to discuss reforming the state’s email retention procedures. McLaughlin said a summit is an unnecessary use of taxpayer money when legislation, A.6119, which would reform the state’s policy, was introduced by him months ago.

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McLAUGHLIN: SCARBOROUGH CASE A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHY RECEIPTS FOR PER DIEM ARE NECESSARY

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today called on legislative leaders to strengthen legislative ethics laws and institute a receipt system for members of the legislature who claim per diems for travel and meal expenses. McLaughlin’s comments come after it was announced today that Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-New York City) will plead guilty to a number of felony counts relating to money he illegally obtained through the Assembly’s per diem system over a period of four years. McLaughlin, citing his perennial fight to clean up Albany’s culture of corruption, criticized the weak ethics package passed by the legislature during this year’s budget cycle.

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McLAUGHLIN: ASSEMBLY DEMS HIDE AS STATE BUCKLES ON TEACHER EVALUATIONS

          “The Assembly Republican Conference stood up and debated the poorly-crafted and alienating facets of the education budget bill for six hours. We stood by teachers, parents and students since Common Core and these poorly-devised teacher evaluations were slammed down our schools’ throats. I am glad to see that our efforts, along with the teachers’ union and parents disgruntled with Common Core, have forced the State Education Department to rethink implementing teacher evaluations in November 2015. I hope this is the first step toward abolishing the new evaluations and reforming Common Core so it is no longer detrimental to the parties involved. Where are the Assembly Democrats who supported these evaluations a mere three weeks ago and why are they flip-flopping under heavy public pressure? The Assembly Republicans have stood against these reforms from the beginning, not just when the political tide pushed them a certain way.”

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: OPT-OUT MOVEMENT FALLS ON DEAF EARS AS ASSEMBLY DEMS PLAY POLITICS WITH OUR STUDENTS

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today condemned Democrat members of the Assembly Committee on Education for once again failing to send a bill to the floor for a vote that would suspend and re-evaluate the Common Core Standards. McLaughlin said the opt-out movement, which has reached record numbers statewide, has no effect on entrenched ideologue Democrats who have a history of exploiting various groups for political gain.

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McLAUGHLIN CALLS ON STATE ED TO RELEASE AGGREGATE OPT-OUT NUMBERS

          “I applaud the tens of thousands of New Yorkers that sent Gov. Cuomo and the Board of Regents a message by opting out of the Common Core tests this week. The Common Core curriculum has been irresponsibly implemented since its inception, but bureaucrats at the top of our education system continue to reinforce its abuse and neglect of teachers and students.

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McLAUGHLIN: PORK SPENDING WEIGHS DOWN ENACTED BUDGET, TAXPAYERS SHOULDER BURDEN

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today commented on the lack of transparency and accountability in this year’s budget process amid reports that grant funding is to be provided to dubious organizations. $505,000 in grant funding is set to be paid to a questionable Brooklyn-based mental health organization. McLaughlin said messages of necessity eliminate accountability and legislators’ ability to read legislation before it comes before the house for a vote.  Eight out of 11 budget bills were passed using messages of necessity and delivered to members only minutes before voting commenced.

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McLAUGHLIN: START-UP NY ANOTHER TAXPAYER-FUNDED GAME OF CRONYISM

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today said that Gov. Cuomo’s Start-Up NY program rewards only the politically connected and fails to create jobs, grow New York’s economy, or provide the large-scale small business tax relief that New York desperately needs. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released a report ranking New York dead last among states in terms of economic outlook. The report also highlighted New York’s sustained lackluster economy due to “its high taxes and poor business climate.” The report listed New York as having the worst domestic migration in the nation; a statistic corroborated by other reports. 

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