Republican Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor thinks there's a bias in the media slanted toward the left and that local news options in the Hudson Valley are lacking.
So, he took the step recently of starting his own news site.
Lalor launched Hudson Power Broker in December, a site that mixes aggregation of local, state and national news with its own original reporting. The name was based on "The Power Broker," the biography of builder Robert Moses by Robert Caro.
Some of the reporting can be critical of Lalor's Democratic colleagues from the Hudson Valley, including this piece about the new cashless bail law.
The story notes Lalor is the publisher of the Hudson Power Broker, that he recently appeared in a "Fox & Friends" segment, and is also "an outspoken opponent" of the new law.
But, as Lalor points out, there are links to stories criticzing Republicans, including a Times Union column knocking GOP officials for failing to recruit a competitive candidate against Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado.
Lalor hasn't shied away from criticizng Republicans in Albany. He was the first to call for the resignation of former Minority Leader Brian Kolb following his drunken driving arrest on New Year's Eve.
Lalor in an interview said the site is an extension of his other efforts to communicate with constituents, including a radio show and podcast.
"What I did was I just kind of took stories that I liked, I made it a one-stop place for stories that are interesting," Lalor said. "It's not hyperpartisan."
While a casual reader wouldn't necessarily know who was behind the website, Lalor said he would consider making his affiliation more prominent.
"I'm not opposed to putting my name in there," he said.
Local news outlets, print papers in particular, have struggled in recent years as major publishers consolidate and staff is laid off. But, at the same time, it's easier than ever for a person to launch their own website with professional design tools.
Lalor added in the interview he is not yet sure if he will sell ads on the website. He says the site so far has received thousands of impressions a week.
Some news sites, he said, can provide good content that his site links to.
The website cost Lalor about $20 to start through GoDaddy.com. He doesn't think running a news site gives him an unfair advantage over his opponents no more than, say, social media.
"There's a guy named Bloomberg running for president," Lalor said. "I wish I had the resources he has."