CSEA Endorses Jim Coughlan for Re-Election

Poughkeepsie, NY – Earlier, New York State’s leading union, CSEA Local 1000 Southern Region Office, announced its endorsement of Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan (R,C,I) for re-election. The CSEA Southern Region, which is made up of over 40,000 workers across the Hudson Valley, stated their reasoning behind their decision to endorse is based on Coughlan’s interests in the issues affecting workers and his commitment to addressing the needs of Duchess County workers.

CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo said, “Jim Coughlan has the professional experience necessary to continue to help the hard working men and women of Dutchess County. We are excited to endorse Jim’s candidacy, and look forward to continue working alongside him.”

CSEA Dutchess County President Liz Piraino said, “I’ve been impressed by Comptroller Coughlan’s work since he was elected to the position in 2009. It’s important to have intelligent, independent oversight over the finances of a county the size of Dutchess. We have had a good working relationship for his entire tenure, and I look forward to continuing this for the next four years.”

“Thank you to CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo, CSEA Dutchess County President Liz Piraino, and the hard working members of CSEA who have placed their trust in me for another term as Dutchess County Comptroller. It is truly an honor to receive this endorsement from the men and women who work every day to help make Dutchess a great place to live. The CSEA holds the values of honesty, accountability, and fiscal responsibility as working principles; just as I have for the last 8 years and will continue to do when re-elected this November,” said Coughlan.

Jim, 50, 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.

Coughlan, who also received the endorsement from the Dutchess County Deputy Sheriff’s PBA, has run twice with the Republican and Conservative Party lines for Dutchess County Comptroller and ran unopposed, with the additional Independence endorsement, for a second term in 2013. He lives in Rhinecliff with his wife, Sharon and his son, Wesley.

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Coughlan Claims Victory in Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board Forum for Comptroller

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Jim Coughlan gained another clear victory in the second campaign forum against his opponent Robin Lois. For a second consecutive time, there was a stark contrast between Coughlan and his opponent between substance and fluff. Coughlan continues to provide clear, concise answers as to why he has earned another term as Dutchess County Comptroller.

“My opponent lacks the experience to provide any substantive answers, let alone manage a budget of over $400 million. The voters received a clear message on Tuesday; she is not ready to be Comptroller. My record of independence and results came through loud and clear with the Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board and the voters got a first hand look at how I have earned their vote and re-election.”

In the forum, my opponent claimed that the goal of a budget is to be balanced, not to have a surplus or deficit, and to continue to have this surplus is not a healthy thing for the County. She stated a “healthy balance should be between four and eight percent, maybe ten percent of your county budget. We’re at thirteen percent and that is too high right now.”

Coughlan responded to her claims by explaining that “having a modest operating surplus is just the natural event of things,” when you have to budget for items like energy costs not knowing how volatile the energy market is. The New York State Comptroller recommends a fund balance between ten and fifteen percent. Coughlan continued by saying, “Right now it is 13.4%… that is still not egregious; it is healthy. It allows us to do things that are new, provocative, and interesting.”

Coughlan concluded, “My skill sets make me uniquely qualified to be re-elected as Comptroller. Experience matters and eight years as Comptroller has provided me the knowledge and understanding of what this office needs to keep Dutchess on the right track and moving in the right direction.”

To watch the entire video of the Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board Forum, please click the following link: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/videos/opinion/2017/10/04/video-journal-editorial-board-holds-county-comptroller-forum/106298682/

Poughkeepsie Journal Article on Candidate Forum

Poughkeepsie Journal: Comptroller candidates spar on audits, taxes, bus takeover at forum

Audits, taxes, service consolidations, and the hotly debated county bus takeover are the issues framing the race for Dutchess County comptroller.

Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan and challenger Robin Lois discussed key issues at a comptroller candidate forum Wednesday. The forum, held during the monthly Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Contact Breakfast, allowed the two candidates to discuss a gamut of topics and concerns before the Nov. 7 election, including their experience and perspectives on auditing practices, county taxes, shared services, comptroller transparency and the county taking over bus services in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Coughlan (R,C,I), was elected comptroller in 2009, and then again in 2013. The Rhinecliff resident said “experience matters.

“We’ve gone from deficit to surplus, and that is something I’m very proud of… Dutchess County’s back on the right track, that is important for the future of Dutchess. Its fiscal health has never been better,” Coughlan said…

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Published 1:47 p.m. ET Sept. 20, 2017
By Abbott Brant, Poughkeepsie Journal

Another big endorsement for Jim Coughlan!

Poughkeepsie, NY – The Dutchess County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association (PBA) officially endorsed Dutchess County Comptroller for re-election on Tuesday.

“I am pleased to announce that the Dutchess County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association supports and endorses Jim Coughlan for another term as Dutchess County Comptroller. Jim’s effectiveness as Comptroller has enabled the County to stay on the right track and financially support Dutchess County’s Law Enforcement,” said PBA President Richard Brenner.

The Dutchess County Deputy Sheriff’s PBA consists of 104 members that serve Dutchess County’s 300,000 residents in its 30 towns, cities, and villages.

“I am pleased to have earned the support of Dutchess County’s finest men and women for re-election as Comptroller. As the independent voice of the taxpayers I work hard every day as their fiscal watchdog,” said Jim Coughlan.

Jim, 49, 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.

Coughlan (R,C,I) has run twice with the Republican and Conservative Party lines for Dutchess County Comptroller and ran unopposed, with the additional Independence endorsement, for a second term in 2013. He lives in Rhinecliff with his wife, Sharon and his son, Wesley.

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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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