About Kieran Michael Lalor, an Independent Republican Reformer
Born in Poughkeepsie and raised in Wappinger, Kieran Michael Lalor was active from the early going, playing Little League, serving as an Altar Boy at St. Mary’s Church and working as a Poughkeepsie Journal paperboy.
Kieran’s life has long been one of service to his community. While in college he was a teacher’s assistant helping severely handicapped children at Dutchess County BOCES in Salt Point. Kieran was also a Social Studies teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes High School before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. In the aftermath of September 11th 2001 Kieran’s unit was activated twice. He served as a Squad Automatic Rifleman while conducting security and stabilization operations in Nasiriyah, Iraq.
When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, motivated by the way the country rallied behind New York on 9/11, Kieran and two other Marines drove 1400 miles to the impacted area. A New Orleans police officer who was also a ranking member of a Marine Reserve unit in Louisiana, took notice of the efforts Kieran and the other Marines made to help out and put them up for a medal. Kieran was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
The citation reads in part:
“Corporal Lalor conducted numerous rescue missions by land and water working from dawn until dusk”
“Corporal Lalor's initiative and selfless devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service."
In 2008 Kieran found an innovative way for a middle class family man to mount a serious Congressional run. By working a union job from midnight to eight, Kieran had his days and evenings free to campaign and help care for his children. He defied the odds and the political establishment to earn the nomination of his party. Kieran’s campaign garnered more votes than nearly every other challenger in the state.
Of his 2008 candidacy the Poughkeepsie Journal editorial page stated, “Kieran Michael Lalor, is definitely a straight-shooter, and a refreshing voice on the local political scene.” The Journal continued, “Lalor does address appealing, populist themes and offers a lot of common sense about the government's need to cut out waste, fraud and abuse.” The Journal changed its tune however in 2012 when it became clear that Kieran was an independent voice and principled conservative who was poised to win the election. Kieran is proud to know that the Journal recognizes him for his fresh ideas and upfront take on politics. He is also proud that the liberal Journal feared his independence and principles enough to flip flop when it was apparent his message was winning support among voters.
For years Kieran was passionately promoting fiscal discipline, limited government and tax relief to spur job growth. He has published articles about public policy issues in the New York Post, New York Daily News, New York Journal News, Times Herald Record, Poughkeepsie Journal, and a number of other publications. He has appeared on Special Report, CBS Evening News, Fox & Friends, NPR, Steve Malzberg, John Gambling, Monica Crowley and a host of other television and radio programs. He is also the author of the recently released book This Recruit.
Kieran is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He graduated from John Jay High School, earned a BA in Political Science from Providence College and a law degree from Pace Law School. Kieran and his wife Mary Jo live in Fishkill and have two beautiful daughters and two fine sons. The Lalor's are parishioners at St. Columba Catholic Church in Hopewell Jct.