Not surprisingly, a pair of candidates in the race to succeed Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer are publicly pushing back against a proposal from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to enact a tax on commuters who work within the borough.
Assemblyman George Latimer, D-Rye, today issued a statement speaking out against the proposal. One of his Republican opponents, New Rochelle businessman Bob Cohen, will hold a press conference in White Plains to blast the idea. (Republican Diane DiDonato-Roth, a North Castle councilwoman, officially entered the race this week.)
Cohen’s event will be held this afternoon outside of the White Plains Metro North Station. His news release notes that “Westchester County families already pay the highest property taxes in America,” which he has tried to make the central theme of his campaign.
Latimer issued this statement:
Over a year ago, I spoke out strongly and vigorously against reinstitution of a Commuter Tax on suburban residents that would benefit New York City at the expense of already hard-pressed taxpayers in Westchester and other jurisdictions. This latest proposal by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is just one more effort to balance the City’s budget on the backs of suburban taxpayers – and we will not stand for it. I predict this proposal will fail in Albany, with bi-partisan opposition in both houses. I will again fight this incursion as I have during my tenure in the Assembly.