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