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.

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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.

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