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New assemblyman prepares to take office

Dec 29, 2010 12:29 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290" caption="New York State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin at a campaign event in Spiegletown. Photo from his Facebook page."][/caption]Emilia Teasdale of The Columbia Paper spoke with incoming New York State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (Republican), who beat Tim Gordon (an Independent who caucused with Democrats) to represent the 108th district, includes the towns of Kinderhook, Chatham, New Lebanon, and Stuyvesant, and north Greene County towns such as New Baltimore as well as portions of Rensselaer, and Albany counties. McLaughlin, a Rensselaer County resident, told Teasdale that he is moving his district office to Castleton on Routes 9 and 20, where Gordon had his office. He also says work on a property tax cap, Medicaid fraud, term limits for legislators are on his horizons. "McLaughlin supports Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo's proposed property tax cap proposal but says he is already getting calls from Columbia County schools superintendents about what it will mean for school funding," Teasdale writes. McLaughlin says, “You can't pass a tax cap without mandate relief.” He also came out quickly already against the proposed (now adopted) stricter regulations from the Department of Environmental Conservation about outdoor wood boilers. Read the entire interview in The Columbia Paper.