ASSEMBLYMAN STEVE McLAUGHLIN: DIFFERENT SPEAKER, SAME PRIORITIES

          “The election of Speaker Heastie has opened the door for sweeping ethics reforms to come to Albany. Speaker Heastie said just last week that he would push for comprehensive ethics reforms that have the potential to prevent the kind of abuses we saw from former Speaker Silver.  But, just days after becoming speaker, Heastie shifted his focus to rent control for New York City residents.

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ASSEMBLYMAN STEVE McLAUGHLIN: CUOMO'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN, NY HUNGER GAMES

          Gov. Cuomo has historically taken care of downstate interests and now he has a plan to revitalize the economy of upstate New York and create jobs. But, those of us who can see through the smoke, mirrors and rhetoric aren’t buying it. The governor’s proposal is to devote $1.5 billion to a regional economic development competition. Seven regions of upstate New York will compete for one of three $500 million awards. The regions are the Mid-Hudson, Capital Region, Mohawk Valley, Central New York, North Country, Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.

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McLAUGHLIN: CUOMO STEALS ETHICS PLATFORM FROM ASSEMBLY MINORITY

          “Gov. Cuomo’s ethics reform package is one that my Assembly Minority colleagues and I have been advocating for the last few years.  I have personally sponsored legislation that would strip pension benefits from public officials convicted of certain felonies and the Public Officers Accountability Act, which would institute term limits for legislative leaders and establish crimes against the public trust. It should not take the downfall of a legislative leader for an opportunist like Gov. Cuomo to finally push for these common-sense reforms.”

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McLAUGHLIN: FASNY PROGRAM BENEFITS FIREMEN AND STUDENTS

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today praised the tuition reimbursement program available through the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY). McLaughlin said this program is essential to help retain volunteer fire fighters while also encouraging recruitment efforts at local community colleges. 

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McLAUGHLIN: SILVER ARREST A LONG TIME COMING

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today reiterated his previous calls for the resignation and removal of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. McLaughlin said this is a culmination of the disgrace, crime and poison coming from Speaker Silver during the last several years. McLaughlin is gratified that many other Assembly members are joining him in calling for the resignation and/or ousting of Silver due to his arrest earlier this morning.

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McLAUGHLIN: MY PRIORITIES AS WE BEGIN THIS YEAR'S SESSION

          As we begin the 2015 Legislative Session, I am excited and motivated to pick up where we left off last year.  Despite my energy coming off a thrilling campaign season, there are many questions that remain unanswered.  Issues such as Common Core, improvement of New York’s business climate, and a more stringent ethics package were unfortunately not properly addressed last year.  I will work to ensure that they come to the forefront during this year’s session.

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McLAUGHLIN: CUOMO'S COMMON CORE VETO PUTS TEACHERS AT RISK

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) announced today that Gov. Cuomo’s veto of his own legislation threatens thousands of teachers across New York State and further harms any attempts to reform the Common Core Standards.  McLaughlin commented that the veto is yet another example of Gov. Cuomo’s lack of leadership and hypocrisy. 

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McLAUGHLIN'S STATEMENT ON CUOMO'S DECISION TO BAN FRACKING AND BUILD CASINOS

          “Gov. Cuomo has found two ways in the same day to take money out of the pockets of taxpayers,” said McLaughlin.  “The decision to defer to the New York State Health Department’s opinion on hydraulic fracking allows Cuomo to remain off the hook on the issue but guarantees that fracking will not happen in the Southern Tier anytime soon.  It’s clear that Cuomo doesn’t care at all about Upstate New York and would rather see it slowly waste away and families move out of state than take a stance on something politically unpopular with his base.  Incidents of problematic fracking are virtually non-existent, and I’ve said before that I believe in it so much I would frack my own backyard if I could.”

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ASSEMBLYMAN McLAUGHLIN NAMED TO NEW YORK FARM BUREAU'S 2014 CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) was recently named to the New York  Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends for 2014.  McLaughlin gratefully accepted the award and announced that the upcoming legislative session will provide a valuable opportunity to help farms around the state attain the resources they need to grow and allow them to sell more of their products statewide. 

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McLAUGHLIN: THE ANTI-CORRUPTION LEGISLATOR

A Column from Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke)

          The ongoing investigation into the Moreland Commission is another event in a long history of corruption that has besmirched New York State politics.  Only in New York can an anti-corruption commission become corrupted itself.  For a governor who promised to clean up Albany, Andrew Cuomo has failed miserably.  I would argue he has accomplished the opposite of reform.

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