Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti in White Plans. He was elected to the Assembly in 2012 and serves as a member of the Committees on Banks; Governmental Operations; Real Property Taxation; Small Business; and Veterans' Affairs. His district covers parts of Dutchess County, including Beekman, Dover, East Fishkill, Fishkill, LaGrange, Pawling, Union Vale, Wappinger and Washington. Lalor has unilaterally reduced his office budget by $100,000 by adopting the practices a small-business owner would use. For example, Lalor was given a budget to hire movers to set up his new district office. Instead, he rented a U-Haul and moved the furniture himself with the help of volunteers and staff. Lalor also cancelled the cleaning service for the district office. He and the staff take turns vacuuming and dusting the office. Lalor rejected a $9,000 per year leadership stipend and refused per diem allowances, taxpayer-funded travel expenses and a taxpayer-funded pension. In 2013, when federal sequester cuts were set to deny our active-duty servicemen and women the funding for higher education they were promised when they enlisted, Lalor led a successful effort to pressure Congress to restore the funding. In a bipartisan effort, Lalor was able to lead the fight to provide the educational assistance promised to New Yorkers who pledged to defend this nation. Lalor sponsored Assembly Bill 6443 which reduced SUNY tuition for active-duty military personnel by the amount of funding lost by federal cuts. Lalor made two Fox News appearances on this topic. His bipartisan effort got the attention of the U.S. Congress and forced the federal government to reverse its decision to cut tuition assistance. Congressman Chris Gibson said Lalor's state bill played a decisive role in getting military assistance restored at the federal level. Lalorís first bill to pass received unanimous support in the Assembly and granted an unused parcel of land at the Green Haven correctional facility to the not-for-profit Safe Haven Animal Shelter and Wildlife Center. The building of the shelter will be paid for privately and will be a valuable asset to communities in Southern Dutchess. The project benefits the community significantly but won't cost the taxpayers anything because the property was unused and it didn't cost the state anything to grant Safe Haven the property. Lalorís devotion to others is evident in his many acts of community service. While in college, he was a teacherís assistant, helping handicapped children at Dutchess County BOCES in Salt Point. Lalor was a Social Studies teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes High School. He also ran the Boston and New York City Marathons to raise funds for a childrenís hospital. Lalor served as an infantryman in the Marine Corps Reserve. In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, his unit was activated twice. Lalor was a Squad Automatic Rifleman while conducting security and stabilization operations in Nasiriyah, Iraq. When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, motivated by the way the country rallied behind New York on 9/11, Lalor and two other Marines took it upon themselves to drive 1,400 miles to the impacted area. For his efforts, Lalor was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. The citation reads in part: "Corporal Lalor conducted numerous rescue missions by land and water, working from dawn until dusk. Corporal Lalor's initiative and selfless devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service." Lalor is a proud member of many civic and community organizations including the Knights of Columbus, Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Ancient Order of Hibernians. Lalor is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Hopewell Junction with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran, Jr.