Long Island Senator Pushes to End MTA Payroll Tax

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Sen. Lee Zeldin, a freshman Republican from Suffolk County, has a new website today that includes a petition to get Albany to repeal the payroll tax for the 12 counties in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority region in the New York City area.

The payroll tax, implemented in 2009, puts a tax on businesses, schools, local governments and nonprofit groups in the MTA region, including Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.

“I campaigned for office with an important purpose and promise,” Zeldin said in a statement. “My commitment has been to hold the MTA’s feet to the fire on behalf of the taxpayers of the 3rd Senate District. I will continue to shine a light on all of the ways the MTA can do more with less. My promise is not to rest until the legislature takes action to repeal the payroll tax.”

Zeldin recently wrote to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to seek to repeal the tax and asked Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to audit the MTA. Cuomo has suggested he’s open to find ways to repeal the tax, but hasn’t actively pursued it since he came into office in January.

Zeldin said he plans to introduce legislation that would call for a multi-year phase out of the payroll tax, which brings in about $1.3 billion a year.

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  1. Albany Watch on

    C’mon Lee…you’re a little late. Sen. Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman George Latimer already filed a bill to repeal the MTA payroll tax.