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IBEW Local 363 Endorses Mike Lawler for State Assembly

August 26, 2020

Rockland Report

HARRIMAN, NY – IBEW Local 363, the local chapter of one of the largest unions in New York State, endorsed Mike Lawler in his race for the 97th Assembly District.

This is Lawler’s second major labor endorsement in consecutive weeks. He is coming off a strong endorsement from the Laborers Local 754. (View video below) Lawler has currently raised over $150k for his campaign.

“Mike is a supporter of the middle-class men and women of Rockland County” said Sam Fratto, business manager of the IBEW Local 363. “Mike has a proven track record of supporting organized labor and has never wavered from it.”
“We’re thrilled to have his back and look forward to working with him as our next Assemblyman here in the 97th District.”

Lawler, who has been vocal on his platform of economic growth, responsible development, and investment in Rockland County, spoke about the importance of the IBEW Local 363’s endorsement.

“It’s an honor to have the support of the hard-working men and women of the IBEW Local 363,” said Lawler. “Their middle-class members are the backbone of Rockland’s economy and I’m looking forward to working with them in January as a member of the New York State Assembly.”

Watch the full Press Conference below

The IBEW represents approximately 775,000 active members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government.

Laborers Local 754 Endorse Mike Lawler for State Assembly

August 20, 2020

Rockland Report

CHESTNUT RIDGE, NY – Laborers Local 754, the local chapter of one of the largest unions in New York State, endorsed Mike Lawler in his race for the 97th Assembly District today.

Lawler, who is running on a platform of economic growth, responsible development, and investment in Rockland County, spoke about the importance of the Laborers Local 754’s endorsement in this close Assembly race.

“It’s an honor to have the backing of the hard-working men and women of the Laborers Local 754,” said Lawler. “Their members have helped build Rockland County to where it is today and I am thankful to have their support.”

The New York State Laborers’ Union represents over 40,000 members employed in the construction industry and other fields throughout the state.Their members are organized into more than 24 local unions and 5 district councils, and are affiliated with the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA).

“Mike is a strong supporter of organized labor who will fight for us in Albany,” said Stephen Reich, business manager of the Laborers Local 754. “We need honest, hard-working people representing our community in Albany, and that’s exactly why we’re backing Mike in this race.”

“Mike’s commitment to improving our state, county, and local communities is clear, and we have his back in this endeavor.”

You can view the full press conference HERE.

Mike Lawler Raises Over $110,000 For State Assembly Campaign

July 15, 2020

Rockland Report

PEARL RIVER, NY – Mike Lawler, the Deputy Town Supervisor in the Town of Orangetown and the Republican, Conservative, Independence, and SAM Party Candidate for the 97th Assembly District, announced that his campaign raised over $110,000 since he announced his candidacy back in early March.

Lawler had set a goal of raising $100,000 by the July 15th filing deadline and blew past it, raising over $40,000 in the final ten days alone.

“I’m grateful for the strong support from donors across Rockland County and New York State. As a lifelong resident of Rockland County, I’m heartened by the response our campaign has received since we announced in early March,” Lawler said. “While these past five months have been a trying time for so many of our residents, today’s filing makes one thing clear, people want new leadership in Albany and a strong voice to advocate for our community. I am that voice.”

Lawler continued, “With over three months to go in this campaign, I will continue to work hard and speak to the issues that matter most: affordability, jobs and economic recovery, education, health care, infrastructure, and above all, public safety. The movement by the progressive Democrats to defund our police departments is having a disastrous impact on the safety of all New Yorkers and it needs to stop. Their anger should be directed at the politicians in Albany and New York City who have failed to do their jobs. As Assemblyman, I will do the hard work of bringing law enforcement and communities together to address these issues and more, so that we can ensure equality and justice for all New Yorkers.”

In conclusion, Lawler said, “I am in this campaign to win it and today’s filing proves we are on track to flip this seat in November, restoring balance and common sense to state government.”

Lawler received support from 367 unique donors, with a median donation of $100. As of today’s filing, Lawler has over $100,000 cash on hand. His opponent, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe, has raised $7,480 and has $10,000 overall.

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly Endorses Mike Lawler for State Assembly

July 9, 2020

Rockland Report

PEARL RIVER, NY – Former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly has announced his endorsement of Mike Lawler for the New York State Assembly. Lawler, who currently serves as Deputy Town Supervisor in the Town of Orangetown, is the Republican, Conservative, Independence, and SAM Party Candidate for the 97th Assembly District.

Former Commissioner Kelly first met Mike at the 2009 Manhattan College Commencement, where Kelly was the keynote speaker and Lawler was the Valedictorian of his graduating class.

“Mike and I agree on some of the most important issues that we citizens face today; especially the important issues of law enforcement and public safety,” said Commissioner Kelly. “We agree that in these unprecedented times of pandemic and massive social upheaval, criminal justice and safety concerns need addressing. Clearly, there are reforms that are needed and Laws and standards that should be remedied. BUT, these new measures should NOT be rushed and enacted without the input of law enforcement – police professionals, district attorneys and judges.”

Commissioner Kelly continued, “We must not repeat the disaster of last year’s bail reform bill, rushed through the state legislature without input from these law enforcement professionals. That bill has led to the unintended consequence of too many criminals returning to the streets too soon.”

In conclusion, Commissioner Kelly said, “Change will come but common sense must be part of the equation. Mike Lawler has used that kind of common sense in his years working in government and in state party politics. Mike Lawler has the experience, the intelligence, and the energy. That is why we need him in the Assembly in Albany.”

In receiving the endorsement of Ray Kelly, Lawler said, “I’m honored to have the endorsement of Commissioner Kelly. There is no one who exemplifies what it means to be a public servant and a New Yorker more than Ray Kelly. Under his leadership, New York City became the safest big city in America, with crime and shootings, and murders brought down to historic lows. Sadly, many of those gains are being lost because of the reckless policies being passed in Albany and New York City by weak-kneed politicians caving to the demands of activists, all in the name of ‘reform’.”

“But the truth is, our politicians have covered up their failed policies on education, housing, poverty, drug addiction, and mental health by passing on those responsibilities to law enforcement – and then throwing police officers under the bus at the first sign of controversy,” Lawler continued. “We need real reform if we want to address the root problems of inequality and injustice. We need good paying jobs for all New Yorkers; a quality education for every child; access to affordable health care; and safe neighborhoods to live in.”

Lawler concluded, “Rather than defunding the police, we should be voting out and defunding the politicians who created this mess in the first place. As State Assemblyman, I will do the hard work of brining law enforcement and communities of color together to address the issues that matter most and ensure justice and equality for all New Yorkers.”

Lawler: Rockland County Schools Hurt By Unfair State School Aid Formula And Jaffee Funding Cuts; Vows To Fix It

June 8, 2020

Rockland Report

PEARL RIVER, NY – This year, due to COVID-19, all registered voters in Rockland County will be mailed a ballot to vote in their local School District Elections, including on the 2020-2021 school budget. You must return your ballot to your respective school district by June 16th.

Before you vote, though, you should know, that Rockland County schools have been hurt year-after-year, by an unfair state school aid formula, that shortchanges our children and increases our property taxes.

An episode of “A Minute with Mike” – he talks about the unfair state school aid formula which has shortchanged our children and increased our property taxes.

We already pay the second highest property taxes in the nation and have a high cost of living, yet the school aid formula treats our labor costs the same as Poughkeepsie, as opposed to Long Island and New York City.

My opponent, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, hasn’t fixed that broken school aid formula during her 14 years in Albany. Worse, just this year, she voted to cut state school aid to Suffern, Pearl River, and South Orangetown School Districts, while voting to create a $200 million dollar taxpayer funded campaign finance system.

It’s outrageous and has put our school districts and property taxpayers in the unenviable position of having to raise taxes, at a time when residents can least afford it, or make draconian budget cuts and consider layoffs to balance their budgets, in the event of a failed budget vote.

As your Assemblyman, I will fix this broken formula and ensure our public schools in Rockland County get their fair share of state school aid.

Article written by Mike Lawler, who is the Deputy Supervisor for the Town of Orangetown and a candidate for the New York State Assembly seat for the 97th district. He lives in Pearl River.

State school aid formula hurts Rockland

June 6, 2020

The Journal News

By Mike Lawler
Special to the USA Today Network

This year, due to COVID-19, all registered voters in Rockland County will be mailed a ballot to vote in their local School District Elections, including on the 2020-2021 school budget. You must return your ballot to your respective school district by June 9th.

Before you vote, though, you should know, that Rockland County schools have been hurt year-after-year, by an unfair state school aid formula, that shortchanges our children and increases our property taxes.

We already pay the second highest property taxes in the nation and have a high cost of living, yet the school aid formula treats our labor costs the same as Poughkeepsie, as opposed to Long Island and New York City.

My opponent, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, hasn’t fixed that broken school aid formula during her 14 years in Albany.  Worse, just this year, she voted to cut state school aid to Suffern, Pearl River, and South Orangetown School Districts, while voting to create a $200 million dollar taxpayer funded campaign finance system.

It’s outrageous and has put our school districts and property taxpayers in the unenviable position of having to raise taxes, at a time when residents can least afford it, or make draconian budget cuts and consider layoffs to balance their budgets, in the event of a failed budget vote.

As your Assemblyman, I will fix this broken formula and ensure our public schools in Rockland County get their fair share of state school aid.

Mike Lawler is a candidate for the New York State Assembly seat for the 97th district. He lives in Pearl River.

Assembly Candidate Mike Lawler Donates 5,000 Masks to Orangetown Organizations

May 18, 2020

Rockland Report

PEARL RIVER, NY – Orangetown Deputy Supervisor and candidate for New York State Assembly Mike Lawler joined his cousin Andy Noble and drove around the Town of Orangetown to deliver 5,000 masks.

Andy’s company, ABCO Systems Inc purchased the masks and wanted to make a donation to organizations in our community. They delivered masks to Montefiore Nyack, the Town of Orangetown, Orangetown Police Department, Piermont Police Department, Village of Nyack, Rockland County AOH, Pearl River Elks 2041, the John H Secor American Legion Post 329 Pearl River NY, and the Blauvelt Sons of Italy.

Surviving COVID-19 & reviving our economy

May 12, 2020

Rockland County Times

By Michael Lawler
Republican candidate for NYS Assembly District 97

Back in late February, when I announced my candidacy for State Assembly, most people were vaguely aware of the growing COVID-19 pandemic overseas, but few saw it impacting our lives here in New York State in such a dramatic way.

Fast forward a couple months, and I am blessed to have recovered from my own personal bout with the virus and grateful to all the first responders and medical professionals on the front lines who cared for me and the epidemiologists and scientists behind the scenes rushing to find a vaccine. Most of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of the virus who were not so fortunate. Every life is precious and the burden on families not able to be with their loved ones at the end is truly heartbreaking.

One thing, however, has not changed throughout all of this, and that is my reason for running in the first place.  New York State and Rockland County are increasingly unaffordable for working families, retirees, and young adults just starting out, and sadly, due in part to the outbreak, it’s only getting worse.

State Budget Director Robert Mujica recently announced a preliminary 10 percent spending cut across all state agencies and a reduction of $8.2 billion in state-aid to municipalities. These reductions in state-aid, if implemented, will overburden our already beleaguered municipalities, who have fought hard to stay under the property tax cap and cause them to enact draconian budget cuts and massive property-tax hikes.

Consider this: Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. economy was booming, unemployment was at its lowest level in over half a century, and the stock market was soaring.  Yet, here in New York State we were staring down the proverbial barrel of a $6 billion budget deficit.  Now, due to COVID-19, that deficit could double or even triple without painful corrective action.

If we don’t change course soon, a future of ever-increasing taxes, cuts in essential programs and services, and people continuing to flee to greener (i.e. more affordable) pastures is imminent. But, New Yorkers are resilient and we’ve fought back before. After 9/11; after the collapse of the financial markets in 2008; and after Superstorm Sandy. Each time we came through it, stronger, wiser, and more united.

We can do it again, but we must be willing to make difficult choices to help ease the burden on taxpayers and get our economy moving again. It means prioritizing school aid, transportation and energy infrastructure, health care, and pensions over progressive proposals like free college tuition for undocumented immigrants, taxpayer funded political campaigns, and New York’s version of the “Green New Deal.”

It means reining in an out-of-control Medicaid system and mandating the state fully pay for and run it or allowing the counties to finally have a say in what services are offered above the federal minimum. It means ending the failed “economic development” programs like Start-Up New York and the billions in corporate giveaways to big donors and companies that don’t need it and shoring up our existing small businesses.

It means, putting the needs of taxpayers and those who truly need government assistance ahead of special interests, political interests, and personal interests. It means imposing a state spending cap, prioritizing what is essential versus what is not, and fighting to help municipalities stay under the property tax cap.

Sadly, my opponent, 14-year incumbent Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee has been part of the problem. Just this year she voted to cut school aid to Rockland County while voting to create a $200 million taxpayer funded campaign finance system. It’s outrageous!

The simple fact is that we cannot continue down this path. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that we need to prepare in good times for the unknown crises of the future.

As a lifelong resident of Rockland County, I am eager to be part of the solution. For too long, Rockland has been overtaxed – we pay the second highest property taxes in the nation – and under-represented. Without a strong voice standing up to the status quo in Albany, not much will change.

While I am a Republican who believes in lower taxes, individual freedom, smaller government, and free markets, most importantly I am a New Yorker who cares about building a brighter future for our state and all of our residents.  I look forward to the challenge ahead and doing all I can to earn your vote.

Orangetown Deputy Supervisor Michael Lawler Details Battling COVID-19

April 14, 2020

Rockland Report

PEARL RIVER, NY – On March 27, Town of Orangetown Deputy Supervisor Michael Lawler went public with his positive test for COVID-19.

Lawler used his platform to help encourage residents to take the coronavirus serious and adhere to social distancing and to stay at home if possible. He has provided multiple video updates on what his symptoms were, how testing is done, and provided hope for anyone who also came down with the virus.

Rockland: Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee faces challenge from Orangetown’s Michael Lawler

February 26, 2020

The Journal News

By Robert Brum

Veteran lawmaker Ellen Jaffee faces her most aggressive reelection challenge in years as she seeks to capture an eighth term representing parts of Ramapo and Orangetown in the state Assembly.

Jaffee, a Democrat from Suffern who has served in Albany for 14 years, announced her intention to seek another two-year term just days after Republican Michael Lawler jumped into the race. 

Lawler, a campaign consultant and strategist who was formerly the state GOP’s executive director, currently serves as Orangetown’s deputy town supervisor.

In a news release announcing her decision to seek reelection, Jaffee touted her efforts to “ensure that every child regardless of zip code has access to what our state guarantees — the right to a quality and equitable education.”

Jaffee pointed out her sponsorship of the so-called “boss bill,” which empowers women and families to make reproductive health decisions without interference from their employers.

As chair of the Assembly Committee on Children and Families, Jaffee said she expanded access to quality, affordable childcare by creating a childcare task force.

“No family, whether low or middle income, should have to pay childcare costs that nearly equal housing costs,” she said. “Quality affordable childcare predicts success for all children. I consider it a right.”

She also serves on the Environmental Conservation, Health, Mental Health and Education committees.

Jaffee, 75, easily won reelection over her last two opponents, Chestnut Ridge Mayor Rosario Presti in 2018 and Joseph Chabot in 2016. The 2020 election is Nov. 3.

Before serving in the Assembly, she was elected as Suffern village trustee and a Rockland County legislator.

The Assembly district, which covers parts of Ramapo and all of Orangetown, has nearly 80,000 registered voters, with registered Democrats outnumbering Republicans by a more than two-to-one ratio.

‘Affordability crisis’

In a news release announcing his candidacy, Lawler, 33, positioned himself as an advocate for lowering taxes, streamlining government and tackling Albany corruption.

“We live in the second highest taxed county in America and our elected representatives in Albany have failed to address the critical issues impacting our communities,” he said. “I’m running because we have an affordability crisis that’s making it near-impossible for average families to live here. This did not happen on its own: Rockland has been short-changed on school aid for decades — leading to crippling local tax hikes and underperforming schools — and our incumbent officials have allowed it to go on. That’s wrong and it must end.”

The Pearl River resident and Suffern High School graduate previously worked in the Westchester County Executive’s office.

Lawler supports statewide term limits. He said that among the issues his campaign will address are: Criminal justice reforms “that are returning dangerous criminals to our communities;” a state education formula that he says shortchanges Rockland schools; rising Medicaid costs; and MTA cost overruns and reduced service to Rockland County.