This week on The Mix, the guests are:
Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin (start listening at 4:32) has earned a reputation as an advocate for upstate residents and improving the quality of life in Rensselaer County during his service in the New York State Assembly. Following election in November, Steve began service as Rensselaer County Executive on January 1, 2018.
During a career in aviation, Steve flew for a number of different airlines and commercial clients. During his career as a pilot, Steve compiled over 12,000 of hours of flight time. He flew for America West Airlines and US Airways, but along with many commercial pilots, was laid off after the September 11 attacks. He then entered the banking industry, and helped many families realize the dream of home ownership.
Steve was also called to public service, and was a candidate for State Assembly in 2008 against an incumbent, winning election to the seat in 2010. He was re-elected to the Assembly in 2012, 2014 and 2016. As Assemblyman, Steve earned a reputation for his work to improve quality of life in upstate, fights against corruption in state government, opposition to infringements on the constitutional rights of state residents, and work on constituent issues. He was a tireless voice during efforts to restore clean drinking water to Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh in eastern Rensselaer County after contamination was discovered.
In 2017, Steve was elected as Rensselaer County Executive, pledging to revitalize and reenergize county government, continue fiscally responsible policies and advocate for the county and upstate residents. He looks forward to serving Rensselaer County residents during the coming four-year term.
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy (start listening at 24:06) is currently serving his third term as the fourth Albany County Executive. Dan was born, raised and resides in the capital city of Albany where he has worked as a public servant his entire professional career. He was a firefighter and EMT for the Albany County Airport and the City of Albany and is currently a member of the New York National Guard where he has earned the rank of Master Sergeant. Dan was deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006 and aided in the disaster relief following Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
Before being elected as County Executive in 2011, Dan served twelve years as a County Legislator representing the 10th District containing parts of Albany and Bethlehem. He was unanimously elected by his peers to be the Chairman of the Legislature and served in this capacity for two years. He also served for three years as Chairman of the Albany County Democratic Committee, the youngest person to be voted to that position.
As County Executive, Dan has focused on finding creative and innovative ways to improve the delivery of services while streamlining government, keeping taxes flat and nearly doubling the county fund balance. He has prioritized fostering economic development opportunities and pursued a shared services plan by collaborating with Albany County’s nineteen cities, towns and villages that will save taxpayer dollars. He has delivered Indigent Legal Services funding from the State that will ensure everyone has their day in court; invested in the Albany County Land Bank; improved our parks and open spaces; is renovating the County Nursing Home; supports our veterans and is fostering economic development opportunities from Albany to the Hilltowns.
For his steadfast leadership, Dan was named County Leader of the Year in November 2017 by American City & County Magazine. In May 2018, he received the Mary G. Roebling Distinguished Service Award from the Association of the United States Army 1st Region. Dan serves as President of both the County Executives of America as well as the County Executives Association of the New York Association of Counties (NYSAC).
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