Assembly

Lalor: Silver & His Minions Have Odd Way of Commemorating Memorial Day

By Kieran Lalor, on May 21, 2014

Albany, NY - (5/21/14) – New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) expressed outrage over the Sheldon Silver-controlled Veterans' Affairs Committee rejecting without debate and for purely political purposes, a series of bills that would help New York veterans.  

Albany's Empty Gesture for Small Businesses

By Kieran Lalor, on Jun 17, 2013

Albany, NY –  Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – Fishkill) today criticized the Assembly Democrats’ Small Business Week resolution as an empty, hypocritical gesture.

New Policies Won't Stop Silver From Breaking Rules Again

By Kieran Lalor, on May 21, 2013
Statement on Speaker Silver's "Reform" Plan from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill)

"Rules were already in place. Speaker Silver stretched and broke them to cover for his friend. We don't need new policies. We need new leaders who put the dignity of other people ahead of politics.

Pay Bills Boost Trial Lawyers, Not Equality

By Kieran Lalor, on Apr 16, 2013

Statement on the Assembly's Pay Equity Bills

"New York already legally requires equal pay for equal work. Paying women less than men for the same job is illegal right now. No one is opposing equal pay. But this isn't about pay equality, it's about delivering a payday to trial lawyers. Arbitrary government-imposed pay scales will open the door to a flood of law suits. The Assembly is giving the trial lawyer industry another weapon to extort money from taxpayers and the business world."

"This is a classic case of politicians demagoguing with misleading bill titles. Pay discrimination is wrong and it's already illegal in New York. These bills don't require equal pay for equal work, as their titles suggest. They do something completely different; setting up an arbitrary pay-scale system, imposed by government bureaucrats. The 'wage gap' Governor Cuomo and Speaker Silver point to, is not a wage gap when men and women have the same jobs. Their 'wage gap' is between completely different jobs. That's not what New Yorkers expect when they hear 'wage gap.' It's disturbing that the governor could be so dishonest with New Yorkers."

Cuomo's Budget - The Good(ish), the Bad and the Ugly

By Kieran Lalor, on Mar 22, 2013

The budget deal has a few good(ish) breaks for taxpayers, heavily out-weighed by a bad economic vision. I'll be voting no on the budget.

THE GOOD(ISH)
Tax rebates
The limited group of New Yorkers who receive these rebates will get a much needed tax break. But, this is not a permanent tax cut. The rebates will hit during an election year and then Albany is free to take them away in two years. Permanent cuts to tax rates would have better served New Yorkers and the state. In the past, rebate checks have cost the state up to $2 million dollars in postage. The governor could have done better than this.

No taxpayer financed campaigns
There's no mention of taxpayer-funded political campaigns in the budget deal. That's good for taxpayers because the plan would cost at least $200 million. Taxpayers should not be forced to fund politician's ambitions. Let's hope Governor Cuomo drops this idea for good, but my hunch is this could come up again before the end of the session.

THE BAD
"Phasing out" the 18a electricity tax
It's not encouraging to hear that instead of eliminating a tax that is set to expire, it will be "phased out." This tax was set to expire in 2014. Now we're 'phasing it' out over three years. According to candidate Cuomo's own words, this is a tax increase. There's no guarantee that future budgets will be bound by the "phase out" plan. Down the road, legislators and the governor may just decide that they still need the revenue and extend the 'phase out' period. When a tax is set to expire, let it die. Otherwise, it will live on as a zombie, just waiting for politicians to feed it. It's a regressive tax. It's a hidden tax. It should have expired, but it's likely we'll see the budget's tax rebates expire before the electricity tax is finally "phased out."

Cuomo Plays Politics and Schools Are No Safer

By Kieran Lalor, on Jan 15, 2013

Over the past two days Governor Cuomo has not been leading, he has been campaigning.  He has pushed his way past any hearings or debate to rush through an unconstitutional bill that won't keep our schools safe. Why? Because he needs to position himself for a Democrat presidential primary in 2016.

In the rush to pass this bill, the governor has delivered a mess to New Yorkers.  Magazines which hold up to 10 rounds will be grandfathered in, but they can't be loaded with more than seven rounds. It is not serious to think that criminals will follow Governor Cuomo's orders when loading their weapons.

Lalor on Taking Seat on the Floor of the Assembly for the First Time

By Kieran Lalor, on Jan 10, 2013

Taking my seat on the floor of the Assembly today, I was struck by the serious responsibility my friends and neighbors in Dutchess County have chosen to bestow on me. It is humbling and I promise I will not let you down.

Lalor Appointed Ranking Member of Real Property Tax Committee

By Kieran Lalor, on Jan 2, 2013

Fishkill, New York: Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor announced today that he has been appointed as the Ranking Member of the Real Property Tax Committee by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.  As the Ranking Member, Lalor will be the senior Republican on the committee.  Lalor will also serve on the Education, Governmental Operations, Veterans' Affairs, and Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committees.

"Rising property taxes continue to burden New Yorkers," said Lalor. "I’m going to work hard on the Real Property Tax Committee to give taxpayers much needed relief from the highest property taxes in the country.  The property tax cap was a successful first step to achieve that goal, but it was incomplete because it left out unfunded mandate reform and concrete ways to encourage spending reductions.  The tax cap, mandate reform and streamlining government go hand-in-hand.”