We know hard work matters!

Earlier this month we had a campaign finance filing and are proud to say we raised over $35,000! After the filing we learned I may not be as rich as my opponent, but I will not be outworked. Dutchess County’s Independence, Republican, and Conservative voters cannot be bought by the elite. We know hard work matters. Shoe leather matters. Sweat equity counts and experience matters. I do not take lightly that the hardworking people and business owners across Dutchess, who gave to my campaign, have done so because they believe in what I have, and will, continue to accomplish as your Comptroller.
The last few months have been busy for us! Not only did we qualify for the Independence, Republican, and Conservative lines on the ballot this November, we have also been hard at work knocking on doors, talking with the people of Dutchess County, and joining so many of you at numerous events across the county. My opponent has qualified for the Reform Party line in an effort to hold another place on the ballot, challenging the support I have received from the Dutchess County Independence Party. In reality, the Independence Party is more than just another line for me, their support of my candidacy validates what I have worked so hard for over the last 25 years; a successful private sector career prior to taking office and demonstrating strong leadership and unquestioned competence while making Dutchess more fiscally sound ever since.

One of the core principals of the Independence Party is supporting candidates who have helped encourage change through hard work and good character, not through financial backing from the elite. The numbers do not lie and the voters will not be tricked. I’ve helped reform government every day since I have been in office and will continue working for you!

Coughlan Endorsed by Dutchess Independence Committee

Poughkeepsie, New York – In an announcement Tuesday, the Dutchess County Independence Party endorsed Jim Coughlan for Dutchess County Comptroller.

“A strong voice for fiscal sanity Jim stood up against his own party to help restore the rainy day fund and recover millions of dollars to the county’s reserves. He’s a fighter who has proven to be a true independent regardless of the cost. I know Jim will continue to fight for what’s right in Dutchess County and we are proud to endorse him for a third term,” said Dutchess Independence Chair Susan McGuire.
“As the watch dog for Dutchess County’s $450 million dollar budget, I’m excited the Independence Party recognizes my qualifications and experience as their Comptroller. As a public servant I am fiercely independent and dedicated to protecting every taxpayer dollar,” said Coughlan.
 
Jim, 49, is a graduate of Providence College and Roger Williams Law School. He’s a multi-lingual attorney with over 15 years leadership and management experience in both private and public sectors.  For 9 years he managed business units throughout Asia; and, for 5 years he practiced Finance and Patent Litigation in New York City. His specialty is Japanese and Chinese infringement.   
Coughlan has been elected to two terms as Dutchess County Comptroller. He lives in Rhinecliff with his wife, Sharon and his son, Wesley. Election Day is November 7th, 2017.  For more information, visit Jim Coughlan online at www.jimcoughlan.com  or find him on Facebook.
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JIM COUGHLAN’S WEEKEND FOR WARRIORS 2017

HONORING 4 COMBAT VETS & RAISING $15K FOR LOCAL VETERAN’S NEEDS

On Sunday, June 4th, Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan held the 2nd annual Weekend for Warriors reception at Coppola’s in Hyde Park, capping off a weekend of outdoor excursions for four local combat veterans selected to be this year’s honorees. In addition to recognizing the four honorees, Weekend for Warriors raised approximately $15,000 for local veterans charity organizations.

The reception is the final part of a weekend long event for our four local veteran honorees. Over the course of the four day weekend, the honorees participated in several outdoor excursions including fly fishing and skeet shooting compliments of Ten Mile River Preserve,TMT Hunting Preserve and Orvis Sandanoma. The honorees are carefully selected by the Weekend for Warrior committee as individuals who demonstrate courage and commitment to not only their country, but also their community.

The 2017 honorees are:
• Sgt. Brian Foley, US Army
• Sgt. Cullen Lyons, US Army
• Sgt. Tyler Mendelson, US Marines
• Maj. Warren Sheprow, US Army
The reception included a tribute and posthumous award for the late Spc. Christopher Marcinelli. This year, Weekend for Warriors also presented Staff Sgt. Ed Denning with the “Warrior of Distinction” award for his service in the Korean War.

“United Way was happy to partner this year with Weekend for Warriors to offer administrative support. This is a great event that honors local veterans and we congratulate Jim Coughlan and all the volunteers and sponsors who make it possible,” stated Melissa Clark, Director of Community Impact. “We thank Weekend for Warriors for supporting United Way’s new veterans initiative, MISSION UNITED, with its generous donation. Together we fight for those who fought for us.”

“I want to thank Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan and the Weekend for Warriors for this incredibly generous contribution to the Hudson Valley Hero Project'” said Marc Coviello, founder of the Hudson Valley Hero Project. “These funds will help us continue to provide vital resources and services to veterans throughout the region.”

“Each of these four young men, in addition to their incredible military service, have continued to assist our local community with loyalty and conviction. I am honored to host an event that raises money to provide the necessary, supportive services for local veterans. We owe it to our service men and women, to do more for them as well as their families during their transition from military to civilian life,” said Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan. “In addition to honoring the exemplary service of these four individuals, we can shine a light on many of the year round needs of veterans throughout the Hudson Valley. Our local veterans organizations do amazing work each and every day and it is my goal to support these organizations in every way possible,”

For more information or to nominate a veteran for next year, please visit www.weekendforwarriors.com or email info@weekendforwarriors.com

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​Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan’s 2017 Weekend for Warriors Holds Kick Off Event​

On Thursday, June 1st, the 2017 Weekend for Warriors held its kick off event at the Beech Tree in Arlington, NY. The evening allowed the honorees​ to gather together with friends and family before​ ​leaving for the weekend to ​participat​e in several outdoor excursions​, ​ including fly fishing and skeet shooting compliments of Ten Mile River Preserve and Orvis Sandanoma.​

“Thank you to Aaron Foglietta​, owner and head chef of the Beech Tree Bar and Grill in Arlington, for hosting the kick-off to our 2017​ Weekend for Warriors. The Beech Tree provides the perfect send off for our veteran honorees each year and we are incredibly grateful. It is the generosity of Aaron and others like him in the community that allows our organization to ​provide an amazing experience for our veteran honorees as well as ​raise tens of thousands​ of dollars​ each year for local veterans in need.” – Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan

​P​ictures ​have been provided ​courtesy of Varuzzo Photography​.​

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Jim Coughlan Speaks at Weekend for Warriors Kick Off

Jim Coughlan's Weekend for Warrior's 2017 Honorees

Jim Coughlan's Weekend for Warrior's 2017 Send Off Weekend for Warriors Kick Off Guests Beech Tree Grill Outdoor Sign

Coughlan Campaign Endorsed by Dutchess Conservative Committee  

Poughkeepsie, New York – In an announcement Wednesday, the Dutchess County Conservative Party endorsed Jim Coughlan for Dutchess County Comptroller.

“The Dutchess County Conservative Party fully endorses Jim Coughlan for re-election for Comptroller. Jim’s relentless protection of taxpayer dollars and independent review of every county expense has earned him another term,” said Dutchess Conservative Chair Maureen Natrella.

“I’m honored to receive the support of the Conservative party for the third time as their candidate for Dutchess County Comptroller. I work hard every day to ensure the fiscal health of the county remains strong. I’m grateful the Conservative party recognizes my dedication to the taxpayers and my commitment to public service,” said Coughlan.

Jim, 49, is a graduate of Providence College and Roger Williams Law School. He’s a multi-lingual attorney with over 15 years leadership and management experience in both private and public sectors.  For 9 years he managed business units throughout Asia; and, for 5 years he practiced Finance and Patent Litigation in New York City. His specialty is Japanese and Chinese infringement.

Coughlan has been elected to two terms as Dutchess County Comptroller. He lives in Rhinecliff with his wife, Sharon and his son, Wesley. Election Day is November 7th, 2017.  For more information, visit Jim Coughlan online at www.jimcoughlan.com  or find him on Facebook.

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Jim Coughlan’s Month in Review

The month of May was a busy one on the campaign trail. This month I was privileged to participate in numerous events and ceremonies. Dutchess County Legislator Harold Ramsey and I kicked off the month with the “Will Truitt Will Do It Again” campaign fundraiser at Coppola’s in Hyde Park. Will is an excellent County Legislator and I was proud to come out in support his of re-election effort.

Later that in that week Miles of Hope held it’s 13th Annual Brunch, raising money and awareness for breast cancer. The event had amazing attendance and everyone came out for a great cause!

On May 10th, I attended the Town Of Wappinger Republican Committee’s Spring Celebration to Honor Helen Fuimarello at the Villa Borghese. Helen is an inspiring woman that has done so much for the Republican Party as well as our neighbors.

Another healthcare related organization I was please to come out in support of this month is MidHudson Regional Hospital, which held their “Dinner at the Falls” to honor Amy and Steve Effron, Zubair M. Khan, MD and Maqbool Murtuza, MD. The event brought togetherJim Coughlan with Linda Murrayfriends and colleagues to celebrate both the honorees as well as the vital services MidHudson Regional Hospital provides our community.

We had a great final weekend to May, marching in the Milan Memorial Parade to honor the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation’s freedoms. Despite a few showers, it was also a pleasure to also take part in the Rhinebeck Memorial Day Parade.

Don’t forget to come out on June 4th for the 2nd annual Weekend for Warriors event I will be hosting at Coppola’s in Hyde Park, raising money for local veterans.

Thank you for your support. I look forward to seeing you in June!

Coughlan Announces Re-Election Bid

Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan on Thursday announced plans to run for a third term.

The Comptroller kicked off his reelection campaign at 5:30pm at Cosimo’s Trattoria in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Coughlan, 49, is a multi-lingual attorney with almost 25 years leadership and management experience in the private and public sector. As Comptroller, he is currently responsible for managing a $425 Million annual budget; interacts daily with government agencies and promotes best business practices throughout county government.

Jim brings the strength of his private and public sector background to the Office of Comptroller. He has insisted upon “best practices” to ensure an efficient County government that is responsive to the needs of its residents by taking on the tough issues of spending.

Coughlan is a graduate of Providence College and Roger Williams Law School. For 9 years he managed business units throughout Asia; and, for 5 years he practiced Finance and Patent Litigation in New York City. His specialty is Japanese and Chinese infringement. The Republican lives in Rhinecliff with his wife, Sharon and his son, Wesley.

Coughlan to serve as panelist for United Way’s Community Conversation Around Veterans’ Needs

The United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region will hold a Community Conversation Around Veterans’ Needs on January 4, 2017 at Dutchess Community College. Dutchess County Legislator Marc Coviello, U.S. Army Veteran and founder and president of the Hudson Valley Hero Project will give the keynote address.

Jim Coughlan, Dutchess County Comptroller and founder of Weekend for Warriors, will be joining Coviello and others as a panelist for the discussion. Weekend for Warriors is an experience-based event that recognizes individual veterans’ service while promoting community awareness of veterans needs in Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley. Coughlan and Weekend for Warriors are partnering with the United Way of Dutchess and Orange to assist local non-profits that focus on assisting veterans through their transition to civilian life.

For more information on the Community Conversation Around Veterans’ Needs, please visit https://www.uwdor.org/news/veterans-needs-0104.

For more information on Weekend for Warriors, please visit http://weekendforwarriors.com/.

Coughlan’s Inaugural Weekend for Warriors Raises Money for Local Veterans

Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan hosted the Inaugural Weekend for Warriors this past weekend which provided four local veterans a weekend long outdoor experience including activities including fly fishing and skeet shooting. The honorees were Sgt. Marc Coviello, US Army; Sgt. Adam Roche, USMC; Sr. Airman Matthew Kemlage, US Air Force; and Sr. Airman T.J. Spiak, US Air Force.

The weekend culminated with a reception on Sunday afternoon honoring the four men. A posthumous award was also presented to the family of John Flowers, member of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam War.

During the reception Coughlan presented Coviello, one of the weekend’s honorees and founder of the Hudson Valley Hero Project a check for $7,000. The Hudson Valley Hero Project is a non-profit organization serving local veterans who are transitioning to civilian life.

“Each of these four young men, in addition to their incredible military service, has continued to assist our local community with loyalty and conviction,” Coughlan said. “I am honored to host an event that raises money to provide the necessary, supportive services for local veterans. We owe it to our service men and women, to do more for them as well as their families during their transition from military to civilian life.”

Coughlan said in addition to honoring “the exemplary service of these four individuals, we can shine a light on many of the year round needed of veterans throughout the Hudson Valley.”

Coughlan to Host Inaugural Weekend for Warriors Event

Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan will be hosting the inaugural Weekend for Warriors from Thursday, June 2, 2016 through Sunday, June 5, 2016. Weekend for Warriors is an experience-based event for four local veterans honorees. The honorees are; Sgt. Marc Coviello, U.S. Army, Sgt. Adam Roche, USMC, Senior Airman Matthew Kemlage, U.S. Air Force, and Senior Airman T.J. Spiak, U.S. Air Force.

Throughout the course of the weekend the honorees will participate in activities including fly-fishing at Orvis Sandanona and skeet shooting at Ten Mile River Preserve. They will also participate in the Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation 9th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot at TMT Hunting Preserve. The weekend will end with a reception featuring keynote speaker Jim DeFelice, author of American Sniper. The reception is open to the public and will also include a tribute to our posthumous honoree John Flowers who served as a member of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam War.

For more information on Weekend for Warriors please visit http://weekendforwarriors.com/.