Lee M. Zeldin's Press releases

Tax Relief Now Supports MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I -Shirley) announced that Tax Relief Now is supporting his MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

Tax Relief Now released the following statement: 

June 14, 2011
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New York State Catholic Conference Supports MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) and Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Catholic Conference is supporting their MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

The New York State Catholic Conference released the following statement:

The above-referenced legislation makes changes to various financing provisions relating to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and in so doing, explicitly exempts public school districts, BOCES, and Special Act School Districts, as well as religious and independent schools from being subject to the MTA payroll tax.

The NYS Catholic Conference strongly supports this measure.

June 14, 2011
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Senator Zeldin Announces Senate Passage of His Legislation Restricting a Registered Sex Offender from Residing Within 500 Feet of a School

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced that the New York State Senate last night passed his legislation that restricts a registered sex offender from residing within 500 feet of a school.

“This legislation will help ensure that our children are protected,” said Senator Zeldin.

June 14, 2011
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The Empire State Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Supports MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) announced that The Empire State Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors is supporting his MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

The Empire State Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement:

June 13, 2011
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Harry Wilson Endorses MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) announced that Harry Wilson, former 2010 candidate for New York State Comptroller and Corporate Restructuring Expert has endorsed his MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

Harry Wilson released the following statement:

June 13, 2011
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New York Farm Bureau Supports MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) announced that the New York Farm Bureau  is supporting his MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

New York Farm Bureau released the following statement:

June 10, 2011
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Bi-Partisan Group of Lawmakers Announce Agreement on Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals

 

Albany, NY- A bi-partisan group of lawmakers, including Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Senator Joseph Griffo (R, C, I- Rome), Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) announced today a agreement on legislation to limit protests at Military Funerals (The Dignity Act).

June 10, 2011
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Long Island Business News Supports MTA Payroll Tax Repeal Legislation

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) announced that the Long Island Business News  wrote an editorial in today’s paper supporting his and Senator Jack Martins’ MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

Long Island Business News: Editorial: Right track

June 10, 2011
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GrowPAC Endorses MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) announced that GrowPAC, a political organization dedicated to renewing America’s commitment to smaller government, individual freedom, private sector growth and strong national security has endorsed his MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

GrowPAC released the following statement:

June 8, 2011
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New York State Conservative Party Endorses MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) announced that the New York State Conservative Party has endorsed his MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

The New York State Conservative Party released the following statement:

Brooklyn, NY -- The New York State Conservative Party issued the following Legislative Memo today, strongly supporting Sen. Lee Zeldin’s proposed bill to immediately cut parts of the onerous MTA payroll tax and gradually reduce the tax in the seven counties surrounding New York City. The memo follows:

June 7, 2011
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New York State Business Leaders Endorse MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

National Federation of Independent Businesses

The Business Council of New York State, Inc. 

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley), Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Assemblyman George Latimer (D- Rye) today announced that the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and the Business Council of New York State, Inc. have endorsed their MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193). 

NFIB released the following statement: 

June 6, 2011
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Zeldin Responds to MTA PR Machine's Early Threats Against Payroll Tax Repeal Bill

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I Shirley) today issued the following statement criticizing the MTA for mistakenly threatening fare increases and service cuts as the only option to save money in manner that wouldn't be "very painful"(cited in today’s Suffolk Times article):

June 6, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin and Jack Martins Introduce Legislation To Repeal The MTA Payroll Tax

Hauppauge, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) announced today the introduction of legislation to repeal the job killing MTA Payroll Tax. This announcement came on the heels of months of studying, listening and learning about the MTA and its financial situation. Also joining them at today's announcement in Hauppauge was Senate co-sponsor Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I- Port Jefferson).

June 5, 2011
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State Senator Lee M. Zeldin Holds First Meeting of Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings Veterans’ Advisory Panel”

Patchogue, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) (Above, Center) held his first meeting of the Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings Veterans’ Advisory Panel” today at St. Josephs College in Patchogue.

The panel included dozens of veterans, members of veterans’ organizations and experts in the field of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

June 3, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Kicks off “Cell Phones for Soldiers” Drive

Hauppauge, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today that he is kicking off a drive to collect cell phones for soldiers. Zeldin (Above, Center), a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, said that his office in the State Office Building in Hauppauge (250 Veteran's Memorial Hwy. Hauppauge, NY), will serve as a collection site for the Cell Phones for Soldiers project.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers, Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

May 26, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Honors Judy Pepenella, 2011 Woman of Distinction

Last night, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), honored Judy Pepenella of Patchogue as a 2011 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.”

Judy Pepenella is a single mom who is raising two teenage children and is an advertising account representative for a small business on Long Island. Ms. Pepenella has devoted the last two and a half years of her life fighting for her country as a member of a local grassroots activist organization. Her activism has led her to become involved in local, state and federal politics over the last three years.

May 25, 2011
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LONG ISLAND SENATORS PRESS ASSEMBLY TO PASS PROPERTY TAX CAP

18,000 Taxpayers Sign Senate GOP Tax Cap Petition

Long Island’s Republican State Senators held a news conference today to pressure the State Assembly into acting on property tax cap legislation that passed the Senate earlier this year. More than 18,000 taxpayers have signed Senate Republicans’ PassTheTaxCap.Com petition urging the Assembly to join the Senate and pass the Governor’s property tax cap bill.

“Passing the Governor’s hard property tax cap bill was one of the first things the Senate did this year and, unfortunately, the bill has languished in the Assembly,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.

May 19, 2011
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Senate Passes Zeldin Bill to Name Bridge After Grace Peshkur

Waverly Ave Bridge over Long Island Expressway to be named the Grace Peshkur Memorial Bridge

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), announced today Senate passage of S.4385A, a bill to name the Waverly Ave Bridge over Long Island Expressway after Grace Peshkur.

Grace Peshkur of Holtsville, passed away exactly two years ago on May 17, 2009 at the age of seven. She had suffered from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a connective tissue disease causing blisters in the skin and mucosal membranes. EB sufferers resemble burn victims but their wounds never heal.

May 17, 2011
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Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Committee Passes S.459

Repeals pistol and revolver ballistic identification databank

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee announced that S.459, passed the committee today and will now move to the Senate floor for full consideration.

S.459, sponsored by Senator Mike Nozzolio, repeals the pistol and revolver ballistic identification databank, otherwise known as the New York Combined Ballistic Identification System (CoBIS). CoBIS has failed to produce a single “hit” on a gun crime since its inception, and is costing New York State taxpayers $4 million per year.

May 17, 2011
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Zeldin to DiNapoli: Expand Audits of MTA

Senator Sends Comptroller Open Letter Requesting Thorough Top- Down Forensic Audit While Highlighting Potential Solutions to MTA Fiscal Woes

In an open letter to Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, State Senate Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today called on the Comptroller to greatly expand the scope of his audits of the MTA.

Senator Zeldin also highlighted a dozen potential cost saving solutions, some which have been discussed in the past by the Comptroller, and some which have not. These include:

-- Eliminate overtime abuse- well over $400 million is spent on overtime annually;

-- MTA should share in enforcement camera fines in MTA bus lanes;

-- Competitive bidding/ privatization of NYC bus system;

-- Public/private partnerships;

May 16, 2011
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