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McLaughlin's aide threatened state worker's job

Sep 11, 2017 12:15 pm

Brendan J. Lyons is reporting in the Times Union Assembly member Steve McLaughlin is back in the news. This time because his legislative aide of seven years allegedly threatened the state job of a Colonie woman, according to a police report. The report was released last week by Colonie police in response to a Times Union Freedom of Information Law request. The report, filed Aug. 16, documented the aide's text messages to the woman, who works for the state Health Department. The woman received multiple texts from the aide demanding the woman stop texting the Troy Republican, or the aide said, she would cause the woman to lose her job. The woman, 39, acknowledged that she and McLaughlin became acquainted through Match.com, but said they never met in person. "We have never come face to face," the woman said of McLaughlin. "This was simply an hour and a half conversation with him on the night of the 14th. I began to be harassed on the afternoon of the 15th." McLaughlin's aide initially denied contacting the woman or sending her text messages, but later acknowledged threatening the woman's job. McLaughlin declined to be interviewed by the Times Union for the story or to answer questions about the police investigation. McLaughlin has been a member of the Assembly since 2011. He is currently seeking the Republican nomination for Rensselaer County executive. Read the full story in the Times Union.