Press Release


March 14, 2024

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Pearl River, NY – 3/14/2024… Today, law enforcement leaders from across the Hudson Valley joined together in condemning Mondaire Jones for his false attacks and expressing their support for Congressman Lawler. Recently, Mondaire Jones has claimed the support of Hudson Valley law enforcement in the race for the 17th Congressional District.

“Congressman Lawler has supported law enforcement while in Congress, including in his hometown of Orangetown. Our members saw it first-hand when he was Deputy Town Supervisor of the Town of Orangetown and got the Department what was needed, we saw it when he was in Albany, and we have seen it in Washington D.C. time and time again. Most recently Congressmen Lawler assisted with getting 10 million dollars in seizure money out of bureaucratic red tape and to Police Departments and Sheriffs in the Hudson Valley,” said Larry Ayers and Patrick Casey, Rockland County Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President and Public Information Officer. “Mondaire Jones can make up stories about budgets and appropriations, and play other political games, but when it comes to supporting law enforcement in the Hudson Valley, Congressman Mike Lawler has never wavered.”

“As much as Mondaire Jones would like to revise history, the public remembers that he is an original proponent of defunding the police. Our communities are less safe as a result of Mondaire’s progressive ideology,” stated Keith Olson, President of the Westchester APA. “Congressman Mike Lawler is, and always has been, a staunch supporter of law enforcement. For those who value public safety, Mike Lawler is the clear choice to represent NY’s 17th Congressional District.”

“Congressman Lawler has been a staunch supporter of law enforcement during his time in the Assembly and in Congress, and I’m thankful to have him as a partner in government. His backing of law enforcement has been unwavering, and it is thanks to his efforts that the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department received long overdue funds from a settlement,” said Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville. “Lawler’s track record of supporting and funding police in the Hudson Valley is clear – and anyone calling that into question is lying to the public.”

“Since well before his time in Congress, Mike Lawler has been a strong supporter of law enforcement. At every turn, he’s been readily available to speak with, meet with, and get a hold of – a model public servant in that regard. The recent attacks on him for voting for a bipartisan appropriations package are laughable – all but one of his colleagues from the House in New York voted yes on the same bill,” stated Dutchess County Sheriff Kirk Imperati. “Cops, their families, and our communities all know the truth – Congressman Mike Lawler is one of the strongest supporters of law enforcement in New York, and we’re lucky to have him representing us. Mondaire Jones, a strong supporter of the defund the police movement, would make the 17th District less safe.”

“Congressman Lawler is thankful for the strong backing of law enforcement from across the 17th District,” stated Lawler for Congress Campaign Manager Ciro Riccardi. “They know who has their back and who’s spreading misinformation and lies in an effort to get elected to a seat he abandoned.”

“Unlike Mondaire Jones, Congressman Lawler has actually supported law enforcement in the 17th District by bringing back Community Project Funding and by getting local police departments seizure funds they were due in less than a year – something Mondaire couldn’t accomplish in his full term,” concluded Riccardi. “Voters in the 17th District know the truth – Mike supports our police while Mondaire Jones wants to defund them – and those same voters will show Mondaire the door in 2024.”