McLaughlin Calls on Cuomo to Bring Troopers Back to Rensselaer County, Upstate
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Troy) is calling on Gov. Cuomo to redeploy State Troopers upstate from New York City, where Cuomo recently assigned them. McLaughlin is concerned that this situation will leave upstate areas like Rensselaer County short-staffed and create a situation where upstate residents are vulnerable to crime without the full protection of the State Police. In fact, a recent FBI crime statistics report shows that the City of Troy is ranked as the fifth most dangerous community Upstate.
McLaughlin said, "First Cuomo tried to take our guns away through the so-called SAFE Act, and now is exposing us to unacceptable levels of public protection because of a childish turf war he is engaged in with the Mayor of New York City. New York City has one of the finest, if not the finest, police forces in the world, and the Troopers who are patrolling New York City are duplicating the fine work they do."
McLaughlin called for the Superintendent of the State Police to come before the Assembly and testify how this redeployment by Cuomo is affecting the safety and well-being of upstate residents who are being short-shifted by this dangerous development. McLaughlin concluded by saying, "I will continue the fight to make sure my constituents in Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties receive the adequate law enforcement resources they need to combat crime in our communities."