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NYS Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin
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Steven McLaughlin --
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Meet the Other Rensselaer County Executive Candidates:
Chris Meyer -- Independence, Reform
Andrea Smyth -- Democratic, Working Families,
Wayne Foy -- Green
"The Democrats enjoy an enrollment advantage over the Republicans in the
county by 32,463 to 26,128.
There are 31,469 unaffiliated voters in
Albany Times-Union-June 19, 2017
CJA's September 28, 2017 e-mail
to County Executive
Candidate Chris Meyer, with cc's to County Executive Candidates Andrea
Smyth and, via the Green Party, County Executive Candidate
Wayne Foy -- "The Rensselaer County budget,
the Rensselaer D.A. salary it includes -- & the race for Rensselaer
County Executive & fiscally-responsible, clean, honest government"
Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino's
October 2016 budget message -- see p. 5
testimony about the budget/D.A. salaries, etc. at Legislature's January
30, 2017 budget hearing on "local gov't officials/general government"
--click here for:
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CJA's August 10, 2017 Open Letter to NY's
eight "recognized" Political Parties
furnishing overview of CJA's citizen-taxpayer action -- to which
Assemblyman McLaughlin is a defendant, sued for corruption with respect
to the 160-plus-billion-dollar slush-fund budget
CJA's September 29, 2017 e-mail -- What is
Rensselaer County's response to CJA's July 14, 2016
and August 8,
2016 FOIL requests pertaining to D.A. salaries, compensation, state aid,
CJA's July 14, 2016 FOIL request --
July 15, 2016 acknowledgment
CJA's August 8,
2016 FOIL request --
addressed to Assemblyman McLaughlin
judicial compensation webpages: 2011-present
CJA's May 31, 2013 letter to Assemblyman
McLaughlin & Six Other Assembly
"Accomplishing Your Objective of Ousting
Assembly Speaker Silver"
VIDEO OF "STOP SILVER'S WAR ON WOMEN" PRESS
CONFERENCE -- May 29, 2013
Assemblyman McLaughlin, appearing with
Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor;
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney; Assemblyman Bill Nojay; Assemblyman Marc Butler; Assemblyman Michael
McLaughlin's May 17, 2013 press release:
and Silver Just As Complicit In Cover-Up"
"...The plain truth is that Speaker Silver is
the problem. The Assembly Majority have failed to grow a spine and
vote him out; so it is clear that he must resign his speakership....
'Governor Cuomo's inaction regarding Speaker Silver's malfeasance is
both offensive and alarming. If the governor truly cared about
woemn, or a 'zero tolerance' policy, he would have immediately called
for a Moreland Commission to independently investigate thse shameful
claims since the legislature is clearly unable to police itself....'"
April 15, 2013 corruption complaint to US Attorney Preet Bharara
its webpage posting the substantiating EVIDENCE
-- including the VIDEO of CJA's testimony before the Legislature at its
February 6, 2013 budget hearing
CJA's May 7, 2013 letter to
ALL Senators & Assembly Members
Doing Your Part to End Public Corruption:
(1) by Giving Evidence to the U.S. Attorneys;
(2) by V
on Non-Partisan, Good-Government Legislative Rules Reform, such as
Recommended by the 2009 Temporary Senate Committee on Rules & Administration
CJA's April 19, 2013 letter to Senator Malcolm
Being a Force for Good:
(1) by giving
testimony to U.S. Attorney Bharara against Governor Cuomo & other
corrupt, high-level constitutional and public officers;
(2) by building a
Rules Reform Conference dedicated to securing debate and a simple Senate
vote on the non-partisan, good-government rules reforms proposed by the 2009
Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform
December 21, 2012 & December 7, 2012 letters
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materials pertaining to historic rules reform set in motion by Senator
CJA's May 22, 2013 letter to ALL
Senators & Assembly Members
Doing Your Part to End Public Corruption: Part II:
(1) Request for Legislative Follow-Up to Senator Sanders’ May 10th
Forum “Attack on Black Leaders:
Corruption or Conspiracy?”;
Request for Legislative Follow-Up to Senator Sampson’s 2009 hearings on the
Commission on Judicial Conduct & Court-Controlled Attorney Disciplinary
May 13, 2013 letter/corruption complaint to U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch
-- "RE: United States of
America v. John Sampson
-- Deal-making that Advances the Corruption Fighting Agenda of U.S.
Attorney Bharara and Repudiates the Appearance and Reality that Black &
Hispanic Legislators are being Invidiously Investigated & Prosecuted"
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Senator John Sampson's historic leadership of the Senate Judiciary
Committee by its 2009
on the Commission on Judicial Conduct
& court-controlled attorney disciplinary system
CJA's May 29, 2013 letter to Assemblyman Michael Kearns
Making Good on Your Pledge to Your Constituents
“To Do The Right Thing” and “Stand Up To Albany Politicians”:
(1) Ousting Assembly Speaker Sheldon
(2) Securing oversight, analysis, and
investigation of CJA’s April 15, 2013 corruption complaint against Speaker
Silver, et al. by the Assembly
Committee on Oversight, Analysis, and Investigation, of which you are a
(3) Building a Bi-Partisan Assembly
Rules Reform Conference to achieve the nonpartisan, good-government
legislative rules reforms proposed by the 2004, 2006, and 2008 reports of
the Brennan Center for Justice and resisted by Speaker Silver
-- click here for
May 21, 2013: "Bad
Week is Merely Bump for Assembly's Master of Power", New York
Times, Danny Hakim, Thomas Kaplan
No friend to Silver, Kearns leaves Assembly Dems",
Albany Times Union/Capitol Confidential, May 20, 2013
CJA's June 13, 2013 letter to Assemblyman
McLaughlin & 17 Other Assembly Members -- enclosing CJA's June 13,
2017 corruption complaint to U.S. Attorney Hartunian (NDNY)
"RE: Easily Ousting Assembly Speaker Silver for his Grand Larceny
of the Public Fisc"
June 4, 2013 letter to US Attorney Hartunian, signed by
Assemblyman McLaughlin & 11 other Assembly
members, requesting investigation of Assembly Speaker Silver
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Assemblyman McLaughlin's Rhetoric &
Posturing about public integrity, transparency, the state budget, etc.
April 25, 2017
Ramps Up Effort To Eliminate Government Corruption"
"...State residents deserve to know how their tax dollars are being
and I will continue advocating for a more open and
April 3, 2017
From Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin
On The New York State Budget
"...Albany's corrupt 'three men in a room'
strategy has left New Yorkers in the dark for days. T
governor's childish refusal to work with any opposition has highlighted
his self-serving agenda
and the state government's lack of
March 31, 2017
From Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin"
"Normally the Capitol
is't this quiet unless indictments are bing handed out.
On a day when
transparency should shine bright as we are supposed to pass a budget,
the silence from the Capitol today
is deafening. New Yorkers
have every right to be furious with the lack of respect and openness
coming from their state
March 13, 2017
Shines Light On Government Corruption"
deals...will not be tolerated at any layer of government, and Sunshine
Week prompts us to enforce strong anti-corruption politices. In
the midst of budget season, it's imperative that we hold officials
accountable and avoid the typical 'three men in a room' method.
With less secrecy, a budget can be formed that prioritizes the vital
issues to benefit all New Yorkers."
February 28, 2017
Set For Battle Over NY Budget"
"...Creating the budget is
always a grueling process that sets the stage for the rest of the
June 18, 2016
Drain Has Begun"
"It is about time that pension forfeiture
and encompassing ethics reform measures are finally seeing the light of
day in Albny. Unfortunately, these bills are long overdue and
could've been easily accomplished years ago if it weren't for the
political games and pandering of the Assembly Majority..."
May 18, 2016
Stec: Albany's Ethics Reform Leaders Continue to Fight"
"...Assemblymen Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Troy) and Dan Stec (R,C,
I-Queensbury) are pushing one one the most exhaustive ethics overhauls
in legislative history. The bill currently awaits action in the
Assembly's Election Law Committee.... 'Our bill is in
committee rady to be sent to the floor for a vote...Drain the swamp."
May 12, 2016
Battling 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 neever change..."
May 5, 2016
A Partisan Issue, Always An Integrity Issue"
one thing New Yorkers can't stand above all else, it is public
corruption,' McLaughlin said. 'Televising committee meetings and posting
votes online does absolutely nothing in terms of mitigating the root
causes of corruption: consolidated power, money and infuence. ...
What is frustrting is that I know many rank-and-fie Majority in the
Assembly that would vote for substantial ethics reform but are being
threatened by the leadership to fall in line,' McLaughlin said.
'Those who ignore injustice are just as guilty as the ones who enable
it. ...This is not a partisan issue, it's an integrity issue.
Drain the swamp."
May 3, 2016
A Member of the Bar to Behind Bars"
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
April 1, 2016
Preet, I Hope You've Been Watching"
happened this week can be remotely classified as democracy. It is
blatanty obvious that Albany will perpetuate its old ways of closed-door
budget negotiations, disenfranchising milions of New Yorkers in exchange
for absolute power and control.
'According to Cuomo, having
the 'most transparent administration in history' means voting on bills
with just minutes to read them...'"
March 30, 2016
of Ethics Reforms in the Budget Proves Albany Isn't Ready 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, The Assembly Majority was proud to
vote for thir so-called transparency and accountability reforms, yet 99
percent of the public, media and legislators have been completely
excluded from budget negotiations.
'Legislative leaders have
doubled-down on the 'three men in a room' that U.S. Attorney Preet
Bharara warned against as a way to isolate their power and influence and
avoid dissent from the public and media. Even though two of the
three amigos are now behind bars, it seems as though nothing has changed
in Albany. Legislative leaders and Gov. Cuomo are still
overly-willing to sacrifice government transparency and accountability
for accumulation of power, money and influence, and that is a
disgraceful reflection on New York State."
January 13, 2016
Should Open An Investigation Into Cuomo Budget Presentation"
"an unwillingness by legislative leaders to drain the swamp of
corruption that has infected Albny. Albany is in dire straits, and
we need real leadership and courage to face the issues.
Unfortunately, we have yet to see that."
January 6, 2016
Needs Our Help, Let's Clean Up Albany"
proponent of exposing Albany's swamp of corruption, McLaughlin said
ethics reform tops the list of what he's fighting for as lawmakers begin
to fill the Capitol....'I am inspired by Preet Bharara's action to clean
up Albany, but we must do our part as legislators. I will continue
to expose corruption, regardless of party affilaition, and encourage my
colleagues to do the same."
June 17, 2016
Pensions For Politicians Who Breach Public Trust"
Cuomo and Speaker Silver have talked a good game on ethics reform.
The people of this state deserve better than empty promises..."
December 21, 2015
McLaughlin, Lopez, and Manlius Mother Who Got "Jenna's Law' Passed Call
For Rank-and-File Revolt To Clean Up Albany"
"Assemblyman Jim Tedisco
(R,C,I-Glenville), Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke),
and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie) today called for a 'Spirit
of ‘76' revolt by rank-and-file state legislators to clean up corruption
and break the stranglehold on the Capitol that’s been exerted by
powerful leaders who, time after time, have prevented common-sense
reforms from becoming law in New York. ...
Tedisco, McLaughlin and Lopez are
introducing the new 'Spirit of ’76' bill to allow for a piece of
legislation that has garnered the sponsorship of 76 members of the
Assembly and 32 members in the Senate -- regardless of party affiliation
-- to bypass committee and move to the Floor for a debate and up-or-down
vote. The 'Spirit of ‘76' bill, which is attached, is being circulated
for sponsorship among members and will have a bill number in January
when session resumes.
Currently, the Speaker and the Senate Majority Leader hold enormous
power to abuse the system and stop bills from coming to the floor even
if they are mathematically sponsored by a simple majority of members
from each house of the legislature (76 out of 150 in the Assembly and 32
out of 63 in the Senate). ...
'For decades, the legislative leaders of both parties have had far too
much power to thwart the will of the people and their elected
representatives by holding bills in committee; thereby, preventing an
up-or-down vote by the legislature. This vital legislation will help
bring a more open government to the Capitol by ensuring that any bill
that has the sponsorship of 76 Assembly members and 32 Senators will
bypass the committees and go to the Floor for a vote. Our constituents
send us to Albany to represent them. We are not sent there to vote only
on bills that the legislative leadership deems acceptable,' said
December 11, 2015
Statement On Skelos Conviction"
"Keep going Preeet. I
hope the best is yet to come. Every New Yorker deserves better."
November 2, 2015
Letter To Inspector General Scott"
May 6, 2015
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 four
months, New York has actually become increasingly corrupt under Gov.
'As a citizen and taxpayer of this state, I am completely disgusted at
what New York State government has become,' McLaughlin said. “There
seems to be a correlation between the years Gov. Cuomo is in office and
the record-setting levels of corruption that come out of Albany. Gov.
Cuomo has instituted so called ‘ethics reforms’ on three separate
occasions, and clearly, we have not only made no headway into draining
the swamp, the swamp has gotten bigger and more infested with political
parasites. At this point, New York State government far too often
resembles a criminal enterprise more than it resembles a functioning
government. Gov. Cuomo has utterly failed to clean up Albany, failed the
people of New York and failed on his repeated promises to clean up state
McLaughlin’s comments coincide with a Politico article released
yesterday that ranks New York as the most corrupt state in the union,
discusses the history and analysis of its criminal culture, and says,
“New York doesn’t so much have a culture of corruption as an entire
May 4, 2015
Is Unacceptable In Any Form. Skelos Must Step Down As Majority
"...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
...We must do what is necessary to preserve our integrity and
drain the swamp that is New York State government. I will continue
to call out corruption in any party, house or leadrship position as long
as I am in office."
May 1, 2015
Email Summit Delayed Again. My Email Retention Act Was Introduced
government lacks transparency and accoutability; issues I have been
fighting to reform since my first day in office."
April 28, 2015
Case A Perfect Example Of Why Receipts For Per Diem Are Necessary"
"'One of the reasons I ran for the Assembly was to help clean up
Albany and rain the swamp of corrupt, shameful politicians..."
April 20, 2015
In Taxdollars Funding Albany's Corrupt, Pass Pension Forfeiture Now"
April 15, 2015
Spending Weighs Down Enacted Budget, Taxpayers Shoulder Burden"
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.
Five hundred and five thousand dollars 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
'I am not surprised that wasteful spending of this magnitude found its
way into the budget once again,' McLaughlin said. 'Gov. Cuomo has a
habit of pushing legislation through in the middle of the night without
letting us or the public read it first. Restriction of information is
not a staple of a healthy government and not how New York State is
supposed to function.'”
March 19, 2015
Introduces Legislation To Increase Transparency, Hold Gov's Office
"McLaughlin has been one of Albany's most
outstanding proponents of anti-corruption legislation and more stringent
March 9, 2015
Hypocrisy and Prejudice as Assembly Votes Down Pro-Transparency Reforms"
“'Today, the Assembly had a chance to pass 17 different rules reforms
that would have lifted the shroud of secrecy and corruption that have
surrounded the house for years. Unfortunately, the Assembly Majority
chose to ignore the statewide call for transparency, openness and
accountability that has been growing for years. The so called ‘Reform
Caucus’ that pledged to clean up Albany’s murky and besmirched political
culture is filled with the same members who, today, voted down the
reforms they once promised to uphold. Their hypocrisy is stunning and
speaks to the all talk, no action ways of the Assembly Majority and the
scare tactics of their leadership.”
“It has been almost seven weeks since the Speaker of the Assembly was
arrested on federal corruption charges, and we still have not seen a
single piece of ethics or pro-transparency legislation come before
members for a vote. That is unacceptable, and today is another example
of how restoring trust and integrity to government is not on the agenda
of the Assembly Majority leadership.
July 30, 2014
Commission Expenses Warrant Audit"
"...McLaughlin has been
one of the most outspoken legislators against governmental corruption
from the beginning."
May 5, 2014
Comments On Termination Of The Moreland Commission"
Yorkers deserve more than empty promises by egotistical policians..."
March 6, 2014
On Boyland Verdict: It's About Time"
"...One of the reasons
I ran for the Assembly ws to help clean up Albany and rain the swamp of
corrupt, shameful politicians..."
November 8, 2013
Late, Governor. Again"
stated: 'For the third consecutive year, Governor Cuomo was late
in issuing New York’s required mid-year financial update and is in clear
violation of state finance law, section 23, which requires him to update
the financial plan within 30 days of the close of the quarter to which
it pertains. The date to comply with state finance law was October
30th,” said McLaughlin.
quarterly financial plan is a crucial disclosure document, providing a
detailed accounting of the state’s progress in meeting key budgetary
goals. Governor Cuomo has willfully violated the Finance Law's mid-year
reporting requirement, despite his promise to run the most transparent
and accountable administration in history.'
'Enough is enough. As a member of the state legislature who believes in
good government, full disclosure and adherence to the law, I have legal
standing and Cuomo should take note that I will file an action against
him if the update is not released on time in the future. Accountability
and transparency mean following the state finance law as written, not as
the Governor sees fit. Going forward, he needs to ensure he meets all
future disclosure requirements in a timely manner as prescribed by law.
By failing to release the mid-year update on time, Governor Cuomo is
denying the Legislature and the public the information that is needed to
begin formulating budget positions for the coming year, as well as
jeopardizing our ability to meet the Nov. 15 'quick start' deadline to
evaluate the state's financial condition. It stuns me that the
leadership of both houses allows this to go on.'
'The governor seems to be following in the footsteps of his father, who
repeatedly failed to introduce required budget legislation on schedule
until he was forced to do so by the State Court of Appeals in the case
of Winner v. Cuomo. I believe that this case, brought in 1992 by the
Assembly Minority Conference, provides a strong precedent in favor of
any lawsuit should the Governor fail to meet reporting deadlines in the
January 4, 2012
Hikes For Lawmakers Is Outrageous"
October 20, 2011
County Budget Should Be A Model For New York State"
the legislature reconvenes in January, our top priority nees to be
changing these unfunded mandates. We need to respect the fact that
our local leaders know what their communitieis need better than the
State Capitol does."
Rensselear County -- wikipedia
"As of the
of 2010, there were 161,129 people... The median income for a
household in the county was $42,905, and the median income for a family
was $52,864. Males had a median income of $36,666 versus $28,153 for
per capita income for the county was $21,095. About 6.70% of
families and 9.50% of the population were below the
poverty line, including 11.90% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of
those age 65 or over."
Rensselear County Website
Rennselear County budget
County Executive's 2017 budget message --
state budget and state
requirements causing county tax increases -- and, among them:
salaries across the State will increase as they are tied by law to judges’
salary. In the past, the State has paid for these mandated salary increases,
but has not done so this time thus requiring local taxpayers to foot the
(at p. 5)
June 6, 2017
counties balk at paying for prosecutors' mandated pay raises"
Daily Freeman.com (Kyle Hughes-NYSNYSnews)
June 7, 2017
asking state to cover DA raises"
Legislative Gazette (Thomas
Senate site: S.519
Senate Finance Committee's May 2, 2017 meeeting: at 3:12
May 22, 2017 Senate transcript
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