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The New York State Association of Police Benevolent Associations Endorses Mike Lawler in State Assembly Race

September 25, 2020

 “The NYS Association of PBAs is thrilled to back you in this endeavor, and looks forward to working with you on issues of public safety in the future.” 

Pearl River, NY. 9/25/20 … The New York State Association of Police Benevolent Associations, a statewide organization that represents thousands of police benevolent associations, endorsed Mike Lawler in his race for the 97th Assembly District today.


In backing Mike Lawler, the New York State Association of Police Benevolent Associations is supporting a candidate who is committed to repealing bail reform, supporting law enforcement, and ensuring Rockland County remains a safe place for all residents.


Lawler, who is running on a pro-law enforcement platform, spoke about the importance of the New York State Association of Police Benevolent Associations’ endorsement.


“I’m deeply honored to have the backing of the New York State Association of Police Benevolent Associations,” said Lawler. “Their members put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe and they deserve a strong voice and ally in Albany. I will be there for them and will never apologize for backing the blue.”


The New York State Association of Police Benevolent Associations represents thousands of PBAs from across New York State.


“The NYS Association of PBAs is thrilled to back you in this endeavor, and looks forward to working with you on issues of public safety in the future.” said Michael O’Meara, President of the New York State Association of Police Benevolent Associations. “Your commitment to protecting public safety is deeply appreciated and you have shown a strong drive to work with law enforcement officers from all across the great state of New York to make our state a safer place to raise a family.”


Lawler is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Serve America Movement lines.


Mike Lawler is a lifelong Rockland County resident and graduate of Suffern High School. In 2009, Mike earned a degree in Business Administration, with a double major in Accounting and Finance, from Manhattan College, where he was named the Valedictorian of his graduating class.


Mike currently serves as Deputy Town Supervisor in Orangetown under Supervisor Teresa Kenny and previously worked in the Westchester County Executive’s Office as an advisor to Rob Astorino, where he dealt with issues ranging from the county budget to public policy and community outreach initiatives. In addition, Mike previously served as Executive Director of the State Republican Party, helping elect candidates to federal, state, and local office.


Mike is also a successful small businessman who founded his own government affairs and public relations firm.
Mike and his wife Doina live in Pearl River, NY.

Building and Construction Trades Council of Rockland County Endorses Mike Lawler in State Assembly Race

September 21, 2020

“Mike has shown consistent support for construction workers and their families.” 

New City, NY. 9/21/20 … The Building and Construction Trades Council of Rockland County, 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.
In backing Mike Lawler, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Rockland County is supporting a candidate who stands strong with organized labor and for continued economic growth for all Rockland County residents.


Lawler, who is running on a platform of economic growth, responsible development, and investment in Rockland County, spoke about the importance of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Rockland County’s endorsement.


“It’s an honor to have the support of the hard-working men and women of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Rockland County,” 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.”


“Their contributions to our county are irreplaceable and I’m thankful to have the support of thousands of their members from all across Rockland County.”


The NYS Building & Construction Trades Council currently represents over 200,000 unionized construction workers in New York State.


“The Rockland County Building and Construction Trades Council is pleased to endorse your candidacy for New York State Assembly District 97.” said John Maraia Jr., President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Rockland County. “Mike has shown consistent support for construction workers and their families.”


“The Rockland County Building and Construction Trades wishes you the best this November.”


Lawler is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Serve America Movement lines.


Mike Lawler is a lifelong Rockland County resident and graduate of Suffern High School. In 2009, Mike earned a degree in Business Administration, with a double major in Accounting and Finance, from Manhattan College, where he was named the Valedictorian of his graduating class.


Mike currently serves as Deputy Town Supervisor in Orangetown under Supervisor Teresa Kenny and previously worked in the Westchester County Executive’s Office as an advisor to Rob Astorino, where he dealt with issues ranging from the county budget to public policy and community outreach initiatives. In addition, Mike previously served as Executive Director of the State Republican Party, helping elect candidates to federal, state, and local office.


Mike is also a successful small businessman who founded his own government affairs and public relations firm.


Mike and his wife Doina live in Pearl River, NY.

NFIB NY PAC New York Endorses Mike Lawler in State Assembly Race

September 10, 2020

“Thank you again for your support of
the small business agenda.”

Pearl River, NY. 09/10/2020 The NFIB NY PAC, the NY-based political action committee of one of the most important small business groups in the United States, endorsed Mike Lawler in his race for the 97th Assembly District today.

In backing Mike Lawler, the NFIB NY PAC is supporting a candidate who stands with small business owners and for continued economic growth for all Rockland County residents.

Lawler, who is running on a platform of lowering taxes, cutting regulations, and promoting economic growth, spoke about the importance of the NFIB NY PAC’s endorsement.

“It’s an honor to have the support of the NFIB NY PAC which represents tens of thousands of small business owners from all across New York,” said Lawler. “As a small business owner myself, I know the challenges of running a business here in our state. As Assemblyman, I’ll work to make it easier to own and operate a small business by lowering taxes, cutting regulations, and making New York economically competitive again. ”

The NFIB represents hundreds of thousands of small businesses and their owners from all across the country and advocates for policies that promote economic growth.

“Thank you again for your support of the small business agenda,” said Greg Biryla, New York State Director of the NFIB NY PAC. “We look forward to the opportunity to work with you in Albany to address the urgent needs of recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, reducing the costs of doing business, cutting broad business and income taxes, easing regulatory barriers, and rebuilding the economy.”

Lawler is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Serve America Movement lines.

Mike Lawler is a lifelong Rockland County resident and graduate of Suffern High School. In 2009, Mike earned a degree in Business Administration, with a double major in Accounting and Finance, from Manhattan College, where he was named the Valedictorian of his graduating class.

Mike currently serves as Deputy Town Supervisor in Orangetown under Supervisor Teresa Kenny and previously worked in the Westchester County Executive’s Office as an advisor to Rob Astorino, where he dealt with issues ranging from the county budget to public policy and community outreach initiatives. In addition, Mike previously served as Executive Director of the State Republican Party, helping elect candidates to federal, state, and local office.

Mike is also a successful small businessman who founded his own government affairs and public relations firm.

Mike and his wife Doina live in Pearl River, NY.

To plan NY’s energy future, we need reliability, accessibility and affordability | Opinion

September 4, 2020

(Appeared in LoHud Opinion Section on August 26th)

The state Public Service Commission (PSC) is in the final stages of its proceedings on “Gas Planning Procedures” and is due to release recommendations by the end of the month on how to regulate the natural gas planning process for New York’s gas utilities, in a manner consistent with the recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).

Sadly, many activists and environmental groups, including the National Resource Defense Council, have sought to use these proceedings to advocate regulating the natural gas industry into extinction rather than plan how to encourage changes that would allow New York to explore meaningful ways to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the gas sector and take advantage of the affordable and existing resources.

The basic thrust of their argument is that in order to meet climate targets and reach net zero emissions by 2050, gas use must decline. This is contrary to reality and discounts the tremendous reduction in carbon emissions that have been made over the last two decades because of natural gas.

According to the Western Energy Alliance, natural gas “is the number one reason the United States has reduced greenhouse gas emissions more than any other country.” The shift from dirtier-burning fuels like coal to natural gas has produced 57% more carbon-emission reductions than have all the renewable energy sources that have come online since 2005, EIA data shows.

Working with the PSC and numerous other agencies, the industry continues to make strides in efficiency and emissions reduction through avenues such as renewable natural gas, power-to-gas installations to supply hydrogen/low-carbon fuels using existing gas infrastructure, enhanced energy efficiencies, hybrid electric air source heat pumps coupled with high efficiency natural gas furnaces as well as carbon capture, use and storage technologies.

However, the simple fact is that New Yorkers rely on natural gas as an affordable and reliable source of energy. As many as 60% of New York households heat with natural gas, and 40% of our electricity comes from power plants that run on natural gas, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Simply put, whether New Yorkers heat their homes in the winter or power their air conditioners in the summer, natural gas is fueling their everyday lives.

So as the PSC finalizes its recommendations, it’s critical that they keep three important words in mind: reliability, accessibility, and affordability.

Today only 30% of New York’s electricity comes from renewables. Getting from 30 to 100% zero-emission by 2040 just for the energy we presently consume is a massive and incredibly expensive undertaking that will use enormous amounts of land, carrying its own environmental impacts that could be minimized by using existing gas infrastructure in concert with our electric grid.

With the Indian Point nuclear unit shutting down by 2021, New York will need even more natural gas for power plants to fill the gap. Furthermore, the more New York moves to intermittent renewable energy sources like wind and solar, the more vital it will be to have natural gas power plants online and available to cycle up as quickly as the wind stops blowing or the sun goes behind a cloud.

In other words, we need dispatchable energy available at any given moment to address the market demand, especially when renewable energy is not available, or in the event of a “black start” situation, to help the energy grid recover in the event of a total or partial shutdown.

If there is anything the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, it is that we need reliable, affordable energy to help power emergency operations for hospitals, grocery stores and millions of New Yorkers working from home in a time of crisis. If natural gas was not available to us during this pandemic, I shudder to think how our state would have functioned under those conditions.

Likewise, restricting the use of natural gas in favor of more expensive options during New York’s efforts to rebuild its economy will further burden the homeowners and businesses that can ill afford these costs. The truth is, natural gas is the only source of energy that can fully, reliably and affordably meet the needs of New Yorkers.

What the NRDC and others fail to address, as is often the case with the push for the total elimination of natural gas, is cost and affordability:

For instance, what is the social and financial cost associated with the move to 100% renewable energy and how are we, as a state and individual taxpayers, going to pay for it?
What is the direct cost for each homeowner to convert their natural gas home heating system and their natural gas ovens and stovetops to electric?
How would the loss of natural gas impact communities across our state, especially low-income communities?
How would the elimination of natural gas impact the cost of new construction, especially as it relates to affordable housing?
These are important questions that require thoughtful consideration by the PSC and our elected officials as they seek to meet New York’s ambitious climate goals and make policy decisions based on the reality of where we are today and how best to get where we want to go.

My organization, New Yorkers for Affordable Energy, is in agreement with the governor and the state Legislature about the need for a clean energy future, but we must take into account reliability, accessibility, and affordability when making these decisions.

In other words, let science guide our decision-making process — not politics.

New York City PBA Endorses Mike Lawler in State Assembly Race

September 2, 2020

“Mike Lawler has a proven history of supporting law enforcement and is the only candidate in this race who will work with us to stand up for and protect law enforcement officers and their families.”

Mike Lawler (left) and NYCPBA President Pat Lynch (right).

Pearl River, NY. 9/3/2020 … The New York City PBA endorsed Mike Lawler in his race for the 97th Assembly District today.

In backing Mike Lawler, the NYC PBA is supporting a candidate who stands against cashless bail, the repeal of 50A, and other radical policies Co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee that have made Rockland County residents less safe and put law enforcement officers in harms way.

Lawler, who is running on a platform of repealing cashless bail, promoting public safety, and securing additional funding for law enforcement, spoke about the importance of the NYC PBA’s endorsement in this close Assembly race.

“It’s an honor to have the backing of the NYC PBA,” said Lawler. “Their members have helped protect our great state and New York City and their sacrifices ensure our families are able to sleep safely at night. I couldn’t be prouder to have the support of the NYC PBA and their thousands of active and retired members living in Rockland County.”

The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (NYC PBA) is the largest municipal police union in the world. The NYC PBA represents the approximately 24,000 sworn NYPD members who hold the rank of Police Officer and wear a silver shield like the one above — the front-line police officers in radio cars and on foot posts in your neighborhood, as well as those in specialized units and administrative divisions throughout the city.

“Mike Lawler has a proven history of supporting law enforcement and is the only candidate in this race who will work with us to stand up for and protect law enforcement officers and their families,” said Pat Lynch, President of the NYC PBA. “While his opponent was busy pushing for cashless bail and other policies that made our state less safe, Mike has worked with his local PBA to support their efforts and has been in touch with our offices asking us what he could do to support the brave men and women in law enforcement.”

“Ellen Jaffee is completely out-of-touch with reality and her continued support of the radical policies pushed by far-left NYC politicians shows it,” stated Lynch. “Mike will never turn his back on cops the way Jaffee did, and we can rely on him to be a vocal supporter of the law enforcement community in Albany.”

“It will be an honor to have Mike representing our members in the Assembly, and we look forward to working with him towards our shared goal of ensuring equality and justice for all New Yorkers and promoting a stronger, safer New York.”

Lawler is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Serve America Movement lines.

Mike Lawler is a lifelong Rockland County resident and graduate of Suffern High School. In 2009, Mike earned a degree in Business Administration, with a double major in Accounting and Finance, from Manhattan College, where he was named the Valedictorian of his graduating class.

Mike currently serves as Deputy Town Supervisor in Orangetown under Supervisor Teresa Kenny and previously worked in the Westchester County Executive’s Office as an advisor to Rob Astorino, where he dealt with issues ranging from the county budget to public policy and community outreach initiatives. In addition, Mike previously served as Executive Director of the State Republican Party, helping elect candidates to federal, state, and local office.

Mike is also a successful small businessman who founded his own government affairs and public relations firm.

Mike and his wife Doina live in Pearl River, NY.

Rockland County PBA Endorses Mike Lawler in State Assembly Race

September 1, 2020

“Mike is the only candidate who will work with us to keep
Rockland County families safe.”

Pearl River, NY – 9/1/2020 … The Rockland County PBA endorsed Mike Lawler in his race for the 97th Assembly District today.


In backing Mike Lawler, the Rockland County PBA is supporting a candidate who stands against cashless bail and other radical policies passed by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee that have made Rockland County residents less safe.


Lawler, who is running on a platform of repealing cashless bail, public safety, and additional funding for law enforcement, spoke about the importance of the Rockland County PBA’s endorsement in this close Assembly race.


“It’s an honor to have the strong support of the Rockland County PBA and I am grateful for the men and women who serve and protect our communities every day,” said Lawler. “As our next Assemblyman, I will work closely with the Rockland County PBA to repeal the disastrous cashless bail bill and fight to ensure they have the resources they need to do their jobs and ensure equality and justice for all New Yorkers.”


The Rockland County Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association was founded in 1966 and represents the men and women of the following local police departments: Clarkstown, Orangetown, Piermont, South Nyack-Grand View, Spring Valley, Stony Point, Suffern and the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office Patrol and Civil Divisions.


“Mike is a strong supporter of law enforcement who will fight for us in Albany,” said Larry Ayers, President of the Rockland County PBA. “Mike is the only candidate who will work with us to keep Rockland County families safe. His opponent is a radical, out-of-touch legislator who brazenly co-sponsored the dangerous cashless bail law, which was passed without any input from law enforcement and made our communities less safe. He has our full support and we strongly endorse his candidacy for State Assembly.”

“Mike’s commitment to keeping Rockland County safe speaks for itself,” commented Nick Whalen, President of the Orangetown PBA. “His desire to work with law enforcement, not against us, is what led us to give him our full support. Ellen Jaffee didn’t even bother to ask us what we thought about cashless bail before she co-sponsored that disastrous bill. That won’t happen again with Mike Lawler in Albany.”


“Mike has demonstrated time and again his support for the brave men and women of the law enforcement community,” remarked Conor Fitzgerald, President of the South Nyack-Grandview PBA. “Without question, he is the only candidate we can rely on to have our backs in Albany.”


“Ellen Jaffee has failed our community for far too long,” said Matt Galli, President of the Spring Valley PBA. “She has turned a blind eye to the needs of law enforcement officers and families in the 97th Assembly District, and that needs to end. Mike Lawler will always stand with law enforcement and ensure our communities remain safe.”


“As a lifelong Rockland County resident, Mike Lawler knows where our communities are succeeding and struggling,” said Billy Simurra, President of the Suffern PBA. “He is committed to taking steps to repeal the controversial bail reform law, putting the power to protect communities back into the hands of locally elected judges from repeat offenders with no community ties.”


“In addition, Mike wants to work with law enforcement officials as well as community leaders to ensure that communities are safer than ever, and that law enforcement is a part of the team facilitating that safety,” concluded Simurra.


“There is no doubt in my mind that Mike Lawler will be an excellent representative of our district, and one that stands with law enforcement, rather than against it,” said Steve Leuthner, President of the Piermont PBA. “Ellen Jaffee should be ashamed of herself for co-authoring the disastrous cashless bail bill and must be voted out this November.”


Lawler is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Serve America Movement lines.


Mike Lawler is a lifelong Rockland County resident and graduate of Suffern High School. In 2009, Mike earned a degree in Business Administration, with a double major in Accounting and Finance, from Manhattan College, where he was named the Valedictorian of his graduating class.

Mike currently serves as Deputy Town Supervisor in Orangetown under Supervisor Teresa Kenny and previously worked in the Westchester County Executive’s Office as an advisor to Rob Astorino, where he dealt with issues ranging from the county budget to public policy and community outreach initiatives. In addition, Mike previously served as Executive Director of the State Republican Party, helping elect candidates to federal, state, and local office.


Mike is also a successful small businessman who founded his own government affairs and public relations firm.


Mike and his wife Doina live in Pearl River, NY.

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.”