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NO MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO.

Family Members of the Fallen, Ground Zero Workers Speak-Out.

(Valhalla, NY) Liam McLaughlin, the Conservative and Republican Party candidate for the New York State Senate (SD-35) was joined by 9/11 family members and Ground Zero workers as they spoke-out against plans to build a mosque and Islamic Center yards from the Ground Zero site. The noon news conference was held at the Kensico Dam The Rising Memorial. Joining Liam McLaughlin were Richard Halevy and Linda Pohlmann, both of whom lost loved ones in the attacks on September 11, 2001. Also joining Liam was Jimmy Nolan, a construction worker who worked at the WTC site and has suffered many illnesses due to his recovery efforts at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11.

Liam McLaughlin said “The Cordoba Mosque being planned yards from Ground Zero is an affront to the memory of the 111 Westchester residents that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. This is not an issue of being anti-Islamic, it’s about showing empathy towards family members and friends of those who perished on that fateful day. There are many locations in New York City were this project could be built, but yards from this sacred ground where almost 3,000 American lost their lives should not be one of them. It is imperative that we honor the dead by preserving the sanctity of the site.

I agree with Governor Pataki that Attorney General Cuomo should fully investigate all funding sources for this project. I also call on Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the Senate Majority to use the full power of the Senate to investigate this matter. We must be convinced that a political statement will not be camouflaged by bricks and mortar of a house of worship.

Finally, I call upon Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to listen with his heart to the voices of the families who lost loved ones on 9/11. The Imam should show respect to the dead and display good faith to the living, by seeking an alternative location in New York City.

McLaughlin “We Waited Four Months For This???”

(Yonkers, NY) Liam McLaughlin, the Conservative and Republican Party candidate for State Senate (SD35) today commented on the Senate Majority passing a budget that will raise $4 BILLION dollars when fully implemented in new taxes on the citizens of New York. This amounts to an average of $5,500 per family. In these difficult economic times the people of New York can’t afford the tax and spend policies of the Senate Majority. Senator Stewart-Cousins has shown zero leadership in reducing taxes for the people of Westchester County.

Liam McLaughlin said “Instead of passing meaningful reform, Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the Senate Majority reached into the pockets of everyday New Yorkers to pay for their out of control spending spree. After 4 months of inaction, all New Yorkers are getting out of this budget is $4 BILLION dollars in new taxes and fees.”

They have done nothing to help create jobs in a state where thousands of out of work New Yorkers and small businesses are struggling. This budget canceled the very tax incentives that encourage small businesses to hire new employees. Because of this budget, the average New Yorker will have to pay more for basic necessities such as clothing and shoes. When will the Senate Majority realize they can’t continue to balance the budget on the backs of hard working New Yorkers? The Senate Majority and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins have proven once and again that they are not up to the task of governing. At this critical juncture in our state’s history, this dysfunctional Senate Majority has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they have failed the people of New York.

Mr. McLaughlin, a Certified Public Accountant, Senior Associate at the White Plains law firm Bashian & Farber, LLP, and former Majority Leader at the Yonkers City Council earned a Juris Doctor from the New York Law School and a B.S. in Accounting from Fordham University. He’s been actively involved in the local community serving as member of the Westchester Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and Assistant Coach at the Dunwoodie Youth Association. He currently lives in Yonkers with his wife Debbie, and son, Ryan Patrick. For more information, visit http://www.mclaughlinforsenate.com.

McLaughlin “Have State Troopers Drag Espada Back To Albany”.

(Yonkers,NY) Today Liam McLaughlin, Republican and Conservative Party candidate for State Senate (SD35) called on his opponent Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins to demand her chosen Senate leadership return to Albany to complete the job they were elected to do. Senate President Malcolm Smith was on vacation last week while the Senate was in session, today it was reported that Majority Leader Pedro Espada took the day off while the Senate was once again called into extraordinary session by the Governor. In light of the financial problems facing our state, the actions by the Senate Majority are a slap in the face to all New Yorkers.

Liam McLaughlin said “For the embattled Majority Leader Pedro Espada to be absent when the pressing needs of our budget and needed property tax relief are not being addressed is an insult to the hard working people of New York State. This lack of leadership is appalling and I call Senator Stewart-Cousins to denounce Senator Espada for not doing his job and to call upon the Governor to have the State Troopers drag Mr. Espada back to Albany. Her silence is deafening, and is proof that she approves of the reckless actions taken by the Senate leadership and specifically Majority Leader Espada. It’s time for new leadership to end this dysfunction that has paralyzed the people’s business in the halls of Albany.”

Steve Macri
Invites you to a dinner
In honor of
Hon. Liam J. McLaughlin
Candidate for NYS Senate

La Grotta
861 Midland Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10704

July 13, 2010
6:30pm – 9:00pm
$125

Please R.S.V.P. to Steve Macri at (914) 879-4448

Please make Checks payable to Friends of McLaughlin, PO Box 674, Yonkers, NY 10702

Please Join Us
For A
Campaign Kickoff Celebration
Honoring
Liam J. McLaughlin
Candidate for New York State Senate
35th District

Monday, June 21, 2010
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Social at Dunwoodie
1 Wasylenko Lane
Yonkers, NY

$125 per Person ($55 District Leaders)
$250 Benefactor
$500 Sponsor
$1000 Platinum Sponsor

Liam McLaughlin has been a resident of Westchester for over 40 years. He is an attorney and a licensed CPA. Mr. McLaughlin currently is a Senior Associate with the law firm of Bashian & Farber. His public service has included serving for ten years on the Yonkers City Council in leadership roles such as Majority and Minority Leader. He also served on every major committee and was Chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee and Environmental Policy & Protection Committtee. Liam resides in Yonkers with his wife Debbie, and son, Ryan Patrick. For more information, visit http://www.mclaughlinforsenate.com.

Republican Liam McLaughlin KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN TO CHALLENGE Senator Stewart-Cousins IN THE 35th DISTRICT.

New York State Budget Over 60 Days Late; Municipalities in the District are in Financial Jeopardy.

[YONKERS, NY, June 8, 2010] – After serving on the Yonkers City Council for over ten years, GOP challenger Liam McLaughlin lashed out at the leaders in Albany for failing to serve the taxpayers they represent.

Mr. McLaughlin, 42, stated at his official campaign kick-off event on Monday that the more than two-months late State Budget is a clear example that Albany is completely dysfunctional. “Their irresponsibility is affecting the lives of millions of New York State residents,” he stated.

“This late State budget debacle is merely the most visible symptom of a bigger disease, a failed Liberal ideology that has left the State of New York in ruins. An ideology of big government and high taxes that Senator Stewart-Cousins embraces and quite frankly, is one of its major proponents,” Mr. McLaughlin commented afterwards.

The ripple effect caused by the delay on the State Budget has affected municipalities across the 35th District. The City of Yonkers is the most affected. The lack of a State Budget will cause major layoffs in the educational system, Police and Fire departments, and other municipal workers who provide vital services to the community. Our local families and children are being put in harm’s way.

“Albany needs new leadership,” he said to a crowd of supporters during the event. “Senator Stewart-Cousins and her fellow Democrats are the reason why we have no State Budget, and why we’re in this fiscal mess. We must remove these failed politicians, and elect people who understand that high taxes and big government are the problem, not the solution.”

“Everywhere you look, you find anger and discontent among voters. Democrats are now trying to hide from their record by pretending to be fiscal reformers because voters know they failed,” he noted later during an interview. “The truth is, they’re wolves pretending to be sheep, in an attempt to hide their excessive spending and corruption.”

Mr. McLaughlin, who officially launched his campaign yesterday at the Sprain Golf Club in Yonkers, emphasized that Albany needs to go in a smarter direction by eliminating wasteful State spending and lifting the excessive tax burden off our citizen’s shoulders. He stated that he’s ready to be a new voice for taxpayers in Albany, and pledged to work to restore the Star Property Tax Relief that was cut by Senator Stewart-Cousins and spur economic development to create more jobs for New Yorkers. “We need a common-sense tax reform, and we need it now,” Mr. McLaughlin stated.

Mr. McLaughlin, Senior Associate at Bashian & Farber, LLP, and former Majority Leader at the Yonkers City Council earned a Juris Doctor from the New York Law School and a B.S. in Accounting from Fordham University. He’s been actively involved in the local community serving as member of the Westchester Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and Assistant Coach at the Dunwoodie Youth Association. He currently lives in Yonkers with his wife Debbie, and son, Ryan Patrick. For more information, visit http://www.mclaughlinforsenate.com.

Liam McLaughlin to Formally Announce Candidacy for New York State Senate.

Please join us for our official campaign kick-off event, where Liam will be formally announcing that he is seeking the New York State Senate seat for the 35th District.

Please come out and support Liam McLaughlin!

Date: Monday, June 7, 2010

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Sprain Golf Course, 290 East Grassy Sprain Road, Yonkers, NY 10710.

Liam McLaughlin has been a resident of Westchester for over 40 years. He is an attorney and a licensed CPA. Mr. McLaughlin currently is a Senior Associate with the law firm of Bashian & Farber. His public service has included serving for ten years on the Yonkers City Council in leadership roles such as Majority and Minority Leader. He also served on every major committee and was Chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee and Environmental Policy & Protection Committtee. Liam resides in Yonkers with his wife Debbie, and son, Ryan Patrick.

For more information, visit: www.mclaughlinforsenate.com

COUNCIL PRESIDENT LESNICK AND BUDGET CHAIR MCLAUGHLIN ISSUE STATEMENTS IN RESPONSE TO MAYOR AMICONE’S COMMENTS ON FUNDING FOR POLICE BULLET PROOF VESTS.

Mayor Chooses to Politicize Serious Issue than Use Available Capital Funds.

Yonkers, New York: September 17, 2009 –

Council President Lesnick stated, “Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone today released an official statement in support of the police rally held Thursday afternoon jointly by members of the Yonkers PBA and CLSA in which its officers demanded immediate funding for their police-issued bullet proof vests. The mayor thereafter unwisely chose to politicize this very serious issue by accusing the City Council, and me, in particular, of holding up the release of the monies necessary to provide for this essential equipment. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth.”

“It is a shame that once again the mayor has incorrectly decided to play politics rather than deal with the facts. The facts in this case are simple. The money has already been allocated by the council, bonded by the city and has been available for the purchase of the bullet proof vests – and the mayor knows it. The most recent City Capital Projects Status Report clearly shows that the city’s bonded unspent capital funds of $2,280,897.18, including $162,067.30 for equipment – well covering the costs for the bullet proof vests – is available and awaiting usage by the police department.”

“I too agree with our police officers plight and demand that these funds be made immediately available and that the mayor cut the check and buy the vests forthwith. Rather than hurl personal insults and continue to polarize his legislative partners, the mayor should truly look out for the brave men and women of our police force who perform their duties with honor and at great risk and purchase their necessary equipment.”

City Councilmember and Budget Committee Co-Chair Liam McLaughlin remarked, “A shopaholic with a new credit card is more frugal than this mayor. Part of the reason the City is facing its current financial problem is because Mayor Amicone continues to request bonding authority before spending the money he has already been given. Since he first entered office, Mayor Amicone has doubled the city’s debt and apparently will not be happy until he doubles it yet again.”

May 5, 2009

The Honorable Chuck Lesnick
City Council President
City Hall
Yonkers, New York 10701

The Honorable Sandy Annabi
Majority Leader/Education Chair
City Council Office
City Hall
Yonkers, New York 10701

The Honorable Liam McLaughlin
Minority Leader/Budget Co-Chair
City Council Office
City Hall
Yonkers, New York 10701

Dear Council President Lesnick, Councilmember Annabi, Councilmember McLaughlin:

As you know, the Trustees, my staff and I make every reasonable effort to accommodate the City Council’s requests for meetings. However, due to school district obligations, we are not
able to join you at tonight’s Joint Committee meeting. Throughout May and June, there are a myriad of school district events that require our attendance. In fact, in the past, you have attended tonight’s events – the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency presentation of $125,000 in scholarships to thirty District’s college-bound seniors scheduled for 4:30 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m. the annual Leadership in Education Award sponsored by the Rotary Club of East Yonkers honoring Ralph Vigliotti, principal of Yonkers High School, the #1 ranked
high school in Westchester. In addition, our counsel is involved in a PERB determination in Manhattan.

It is unclear why I received just over 24 hours notice for a Joint Committee meeting with an agenda that I believe the District has addressed in previous correspondence to you.

At meetings held over the past several months, and as long ago as last year, Inspector General Zisman has been advised that many of the services his office offers are being provided by an independent claims audit firm, an independent internal audit firm and an
independent external audit firm, all retained by the Board of Education in accordance with State mandates. In 2005, the New York State Education Department required all School
Boards in New York State to hire an independent internal auditor and claims auditor responsible directly to the Trustees. In addition, the New York State Comptroller’s Office and the consulting firm KPMG have recently completed financial audits of the Board of Education.

Notwithstanding this information, Mr. Zisman has repeatedly requested to come to the Board of Education and provide simultaneous audits, often in the same areas under review by the independent auditors. Mr. Zisman’s proposed audit of health insurance costs is precisely
such an example. The Board’s independent auditors already raised concerns about the health insurance costs. The Board has directed those auditors to conduct a thorough review
of the expenditures to determine whether any opportunities for savings or economies exist.

That audit is currently underway. The Board feels that a simultaneous audit by Mr. Zisman would be redundant and unproductive, and require the staff to undertake unnecessary repetitive tasks, a waste of the taxpayers’ dollars. The independent audit, when completed,
will be available as a public document, and Mr. Zisman, along with all other members of the public, may review the document at that time.

Since the Board of Education is already conducting the audit, the Board has asked Mr. Zisman to wait for the results before deciding what action he should take. In the meantime, Mr. Zisman continues to perform work for the Board’s Facilities and Purchasing
Departments, and the Superintendent has recently requested Mr. Zisman’s review of a personnel issue. Since the health insurance issue is being addressed and since Mr. Zisman is presently performing work for the Board, the Board is surprised and concerned about the surprisingly harsh statements and threats which have recently appeared.

In an effort to return some level of civility and professionalism to the current discussion, and despite the concerns noted above, I invited Mr. Zisman to participate in the health insurance costs audit with the independent auditors.

In an effort to present our position as fully as possible, I have arranged for our counsel and internal auditor to be present at our regularly scheduled Audit, Budget and Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 12th at 4:30 p.m. At that time, we will outline the
current audit of our payroll and benefit functions and explain the dynamic between state and city oversight of the Board of Education.

I hope that you will be able to attend this meeting which I believe will address any continuing issues on these matters. In addition, my staff and I are available to address your questions about the Board of Education’s legal position regarding the Inspector General 7:00 a.m. on May 11th, 12th, 15th, 18th 19th and 22nd, and on the following evenings May 8th, 15th and 22nd. Please advise if any of these dates and times are amenable.

Sincerely,
Bernard P. Pierorazio

CC: Rev. Gerald Sudick, President
and Members of the Board of Education
Joseph Bracchitta
Louis Constantino
Larry Thomas

Yonkers City Council Minority Leader Liam McLaughlin (R-C, 4) today warned the Yonkers Board of Education that there would be “serious consequences” if it failed to comply with an inquiry from the Yonkers Inspector General Phil Zisman regarding the Board’s annual $65 million health care expense.

“Like it or not, the Board of Education is an agency of this city government and as such is subject to the laws of the city insofar as they do not conflict with state law,” McLaughlin said. “The Inspector General has not only the right but the obligation to investigate spending by city agencies and the Board of Education is not exempt from his purview.”

“Should the Board of Education continue down this path, it will certainly face subpoenas from the Council’s Budget Committee if the Inspector General does not issue them first,” McLaughlin warned. “Continued defiance would result in a hard look at the level of support the Board of Education expects from the City and could lead to its removal from the City budget.”

“It is simply untenable for the Board of Education to ask for more and more support from city taxpayers while refusing city officials their right to examine the Board’s extravagant spending,” McLaughlin said.

The Yonkers Office of Inspector General published a report on the city’s health insurance payments in 2004, but that study did not include the Board of Education or other municipal agencies, McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin noted that disgraced former Schools Superintendent Andre Hornsby had resisted attempts by the Inspector General to conduct studies and investigations at the Board of Education on jurisdictional grounds but that the matter had been resolved when the Trustees adopted a resolution in 2000 designating the Inspector General for the City of Yonkers as the Inspector General for the City of Yonkers Public Schools.

The Office of Inspector General has made 10 formal reports on matters involving the Board of Education since 1998.

“The public has a right to know that this growing expenditure is proper and necessary, and a study by the Inspector General is the proper way to proceed,” McLaughlin said. “If this Board thinks we will shirk from a confrontation to get the answers for the city’s taxpayers, they need to rethink their position.”


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