Ronkonkoma, NY- New York State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) updated a crowd of over 100 supporters, business owners, and members of the community on the status of his fight to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax. Pictured with Senator Zeldin (Above, Center) are Assemblyman Al Graf (Above, Left) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (Above Right).
Ronkonkoma, NY- New York State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) updated a crowd of over 100 supporters, business owners, and members of the community on the status of his fight to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax.
The MTA Payroll Tax is a tax which was placed on every business, school, local government, nonprofit and hospital in Suffolk County, costing Suffolk County Taxpayers more than $163,636,074 since its inception 2009.
“Throughout my first 100 days in office, I have been working very hard to deliver on my campaign pledges and principles that sent me to Albany, and I will continue to do so,” said Senator Zeldin.
On June 15, 2011, the Senate passed my MTA Payroll Tax repeal legislation (S.5596-A/A.8193-A) with a bi-partisan vote, 40-22.
The job-killing MTA Tax represents one of the worst ideas Albany has ever come up with. I originally promised, if elected, to secure passage in the Senate of a repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax and I did that this legislative session, with a very responsible plan.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would not allow a vote on this bill in the State Assembly, despite bi-partisan sponsorship in his house. He is obviously not looking out for the best interests of Suffolk County taxpayers.
Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently welcomed Major Michael McDermott to the State Senate. Major McDermott, who is now Aide-de-Camp at West Point, was Senator Zeldin’s company commander with the 82nd Airborne Division in Tikrit, Iraq. Major McDermott was in Albany on April 6, 2011 as part of West Point Day, an annual event in the State Legislature honoring West Point cadets.
Hauppauge, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) will be holding a press conference on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at 1 PM, to call for the repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax. The event will take place at Pride Products, a local company paying the MTA Payroll Tax.
The MTA Payroll Tax is a tax which was placed on every business, school, local government, nonprofit and hospital in Suffolk County, costing Suffolk County Taxpayers more than $163,636,074 since 2009.
During my campaign, I committed to cut taxes, reduce spending and empower private sector job growth. This year’s State Budget is my first opportunity to make good on those commitments, and I’m very pleased that my efforts have achieved significant success. The new $132.5 billion spending plan my Senate colleagues and I are enacting decreases year-to-year spending by 2 percent, reduces state agency operations by 10 percent, reduces Medicaid by $2.8 billion and puts New York back on the road to fiscal recovery.
My colleagues and I in New York State Senate fought to restore Millions of Dollars in School Aid funding. Without our hard work in the State Senate, the cuts made by the Governor might have not been restored.
Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today a three way agreement on his efforts to repeal the Saltwater Fishing License Fee.
“In recent days, during Budget negotiations, there have been productive discussions between leaders from the Senate, Assembly and Governor’s office with regards to the repeal of the Saltwater Fishing License Fee,” said Senator Zeldin.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I – Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C – East Patchogue) recently welcomed the Bellport Senior High School Social Studies Department to Albany as part of the group’s “Albany Lobby Day.” Senator Zeldin and Assemblyman Murray (above, center) held a productive Q&A session with the students followed by a tour of the Capitol Building and Senate Chamber.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently met with and welcomed Joan McDonald, the new Commissioner of Transportation for New York State. Senator Zeldin joined the rest of the State Senate on Tuesday March 8, 2011, to unanimously approve her nomination.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) spoke at a press conference on Veterans Hill Day in Albany on March 14, 2011. Senator Zeldin was discussing his legislation to ban protests at Military Funerals (S.3901). The legislation will be named the “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act” in honor of Specialist Thomas Wilwerth, an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.
In 2010, the State Education Department secured Race to the Top Funding from the U.S. Department of Education. In exchange for $700 Million in funding, the state education department made various commitments related to educational standards, testing, a teacher evaluation system, and data collection.