Ball and Bondi say “no” to MTA tax

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State Assemblyman Greg Ball, R-Patterson, and Putnam County Executive Robert Bondi made a joint appearance today calling for the repeal of  the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s payroll tax.

“Counties in the Hudson Valley are extremely aware of the need for additional revenues to provide essential services,” Bondi said in a press release sent out by Ball. “However, we do not believe that the MTA is providing enough essential services within Putnam County. Therefore, we stand in protest to this tax and request that if it is not repealed, that the New York State Senate and Assembly join together to eliminate the station maintenance and MTA subsidy that is currently mandated on Hudson Valley Counties.”

Read the full release after the break.From Ball’s office:

BALL AND BONDI UNITE AGAINST MTA
Ball: Hudson Valley Demands Forensic Accounting of MTA’s Corrupt Projects and Run Amok Estimates

Today, Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and Putnam County Executive Robert J. Bondi joined to demand that Albany’s “Three Men In A Room” take immediate action to forensically audit the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and to completely repeal the MTA Payroll Tax, which has cost Putnam County $162,752.26 in taxes since its inception.

“While many legislators are doing the ol’ Potomac two step, the County Executive Bondi has joined with me have put his name to a bi-partisan stand in demanding a forensic audit and repeal of this horrific tax,” Ball said. “This MTA payroll tax is the final nail in the coffin of a state that is trending vociferously into a downward spiral. Sheldon Silver and his legislative cronies are not leaders, they are Kamikaze pilots intent on sinking with the ship. Those New York City legislators must finally hear from the Hudson Valley and beyond that we are taxed beyond our ability to pay and we are simply not going to take it anymore.”

Bondi, who signed a letter joining Ball’s coalition of County Executives against the MTA Tax, says Putnam County is neglected when the MTA plans service improvements and schedules Station Maintenance.

“Counties in the Hudson  Valley are extremely aware of the need for additional revenues to provide essential services,” Bondi said. “However, we do not believe that the MTA is providing enough essential services within Putnam  County. Therefore, we stand in protest to this tax and request that if it is not repealed, that the New York State Senate and Assembly join together to eliminate the station maintenance and MTA subsidy that is currently mandated on Hudson Valley Counties.”

The MTA Payroll Tax, enacted in May 2009 to pay for the MTA’s budget gap, imposes a 34 cent tax on Hudson Valley employers for every $100 of payroll. The tax is estimated to cost Hudson Valley employers $165.3 Million in 2010.

Ball has called for an April 15th Tax Revolt on the steps of the Putnam County Court House to protest the MTA Payroll Tax. Participants will submit symbolic tax checks to Ball, who will calculate how much money is being taken from Dutchess, Westchester, and Putnam Counties to bail out the mismanaged MTA when it could be used to create jobs.

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  1. What a surprise they are not for the MTA Tax who could have known.

    Before there was the “Oracle at Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli

    No More Schumer, Pelosi, Rangel,Engel, and Arthur Finkelstein & Co
    “After Four Years of Scandals it is time for Levy/Faso/Callaghan/Garcia”

  2. Bondi is finished, he reminds me of his former friend DelCampo who still thinks he has political life. Once Bondi spent all the DEP money, the Ziff money and the tobacco money then the reality set in. Bondi raised everyone’s taxes through the roof, Bondi is a tax and spend republican who we can not have as our county executive. We need new leadership in the county executive position. Bondi should go and live on his 200 acres farm upstate and watch the cows and the horsed graze in the fields. It is time for Bondi to hand up his gloves, his best days are behind him

  3. How interesting is this, Greg Ball not to long ago called for the resignation of Bob Bondi calling him incompetent and now he partners with him. The previous poster is correct, Bob Bondi is finished politically and if he thinks Greg Ball is going to resurrect his political career he is wrong.

  4. Previoius poster, Jenn…yes I remember as well when Ball attacked Bondi about a hefty tax increase a couple of years ago…at one of the presentations by Ball, I remember how Bondi and Sheriff Smith were recipients of harsh words by Ball. Now…are they all best buds????? This political stuff is who needs who for the vote…no wonder our country is in a mess..and the politics involved trickle down to the local level. We should vote out any one running this fall if they have served previously and get some new people.

  5. I think when it is all said and done, Greg Ball and Bob Bondi will be finished. Bondi’s better days are way behind him and Greg Ball is about to engage in a fight for his political life. One can assume that the attacks on him in the past about his military record, harassment of women and the polo club discretion where it was alleged that he misappropriated thousands of dollars will be a thing of the past. What I think will come into play this year is Greg Ball’s broken promises, his lies and his inability to get things done for his constituents.

    It is interesting how he ran away from John Hall. Ball will probally withdraw from the Senate race also and go back to a safe heven and run for reelection.

  6. HudsonValleyIdiots on

    How many times is the same person going to post the same gibberish under different names? You’re entertaining, though. No matter how many times you try to dynamite Greg Ball by calling him names and criticizing him, he still grows stronger and stronger. He’s the strongest politician in Putnam County. Face it, you can’t talk people into hating Greg Ball through these subliminal messages. Leibell was supposed to announce his CE run but now that’s on hold because of a certain interest into Putnam politics by a group called the FBI and the US Attorney. There’s not gonna be any cash coming from Uncle Vinny for any wanna-be to take on Greg Ball, so it’s Greg vs. Tax Hike Mike, unless of course if someone Greg truly detests enters the Assembly race, then you may see Greg re-enter the Assembly race just to knock him flat.

  7. 1. If leibell does not run for the county of putnam, will he retire?
    2. If Ball is running for senate seat, why would he even consider going back to an assembly race…whatwould that prove, unless he felt he would not win in senate? I would imagine he would win the senate seat.
    3. Who is the Mike that may run for senate?

  8. The reason why Ball may run back to the Assembly race is the same reason why he ran away from the Congress race, because he knew he had a fair chance of losing. Ball saw his Assembly seat as a safe spot which he believes he can get re-elected easily. A far as Leibell, he may run for County Executive and if he does he wins easily, if he decides to stay and run for his Senate seat he will defeat Ball easily. People have been saying that a recent poll showed that Ball is beatable and Ball’s negatives are very high (meaning people think badly of him). Kaplowitz has a fair chance against Ball in a general election and Borkowski has a slight chance against Ball in a primary provided he can get his message out.

    I understand a few committee members in Carmel are planning to take Scannipieco out this year that will be refreshing for the party. Scannipieco said he was not running again and now he appears to be going back on his word, what a surprise. Scannipieco is telling people that he was asked to run for County Executive (what a joke), the things family members will say to each other to make them feel good.

    O’Dell is in trouble trying to play games and it appears that Albano will be taking her out while DiCarlo runs against Fusco in a primary. This is going to be a fun year in Carmel.

  9. Tarot readers on

    looking back on all these writers, how so wrong they were, how so wrong they always are, wrong, wrong, wrong. Greg Ball is not getting weaker, he’s getting stronger. He did exactly what he was supposed to do, and he got it done. Good job Greg. All these predictions……how wrong can people be? Scannapieco should go away? He’s the leader of the Carmel GOP, and soon he wioll get his County GOP seat back, he never should’ve lost it but Leibell was able to grab one of puppets in Southeast and mount a corrupt campaign against an honest man. This was a year ago…..where’s Scannapieco now? And where’s Leibell?