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McLaughlin and Reid part ways

Feb 19, 2015 12:04 am
[caption width="134" align="alignleft"] Martin Reid, from Rensselaer County Legislature website.[/caption][caption width="134" align="alignright"]Steve McLaughlin, from State Assembly website.[/caption]The Albany Times-Union reports that Martin Reid, the chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature, no longer works for Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin. Last month by the Times-Union’s Brendan Lyons reported that a state administrative law judge concluded that Reid, “willfully and intentionally misrepresented the facts” when he collected more than $15,000 in state unemployment benefits in 2013 while making $30,000 a year from the county. Reid began working in July as a part-time legislative assistant for McLaughlin -- who represents parts of Columbia and Rensselear counties -- and left the payroll Jan. 28. McLaughlin has been a torrid Twitter critic of Albany corruption, tweeting recently after one scandal that, "The standard of acceptable behavior should be more than 'he hasn't been convicted' for Assembly Dems." The story says, "In a brief interview, McLaughlin said Reid’s 'assignment ended,' and declined to comment further." Read the full story in the Albany Times-Union.