As part of an effort to help reduce legislative mailing costs and save taxpayer dollars, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose) today announced his initiative for residents of the 108th Assembly District to connect with him via email and established social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. McLaughlin noted this would allow for real-time electronic updates about state government and, in the process, lessen the costs associated with printing, producing, and mailing official Assembly legislative newsletters.
“When it comes to legislative newsletters, all the printing, production, and postage costs can quickly add up,” said McLaughlin. “This is why I am encouraging individuals to contact me by email and social media as part of my continued efforts to cut operating expenses.
“It’s time to move forward and not only eliminate paper from our desks, but eliminate the automatic, wasteful printing that’s filling our landfills. Albany needs to move into the digital age today to save taxpayer dollars of tomorrow. That’s why my initiative urges constituents to connect with me electronically, which is free of charge.
“Staying in constant contact with my constituents and listening and responding to the needs of our community are the most important parts of serving as an elected official. That’s why I make frequent use of email and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and my official assembly website (http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Steven-F-McLaughlin/) to interact with families and concerned citizens at no cost to taxpayers.
“Going digital and ending the waste associated with paper sets us on a course to continue to correct some of the structural budgeting problems Albany faces year after year. I urge my constituents to contact me with any additional ideas on how we can work together to reduce government spending and the burdens on hardworking taxpayers.”