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After Walder: an MTA to-do list

After Walder: an MTA to-do list

By LEE M. ZELDIN

Last Updated: 3:46 AM, July 25, 2011

Posted: 10:18 PM, July 24, 2011

The sudden resignation of MTA Chair man Jay Walder gives Gov. Cuomo a tremendous chance to improve the agency. While the MTA has made much progress since Walder's arrival, much more work remains. Walder aggressively pursued cost savings -- including those behind his recent announcement that he'd reduced the MTA's capital deficit by another $2 billion. But the finances of the MTA's capital and operating budgets remain dire.

The taxpayers of the 12-county MTA region need those of us in government to face the host of difficult decisions needed to protect the nation's largest mass-transit system.

July 25, 2011
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Statement by Senator Zeldin on Resignation by MTA Chairman Walder

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) released the following statement in response to Jay Walder's resignation as MTA Chairman:

“While many improvements were made to the MTA under Chairman Walder's tenure, much more work needs to be done.

Here are a dozen suggestions for the next Chairman:

1) Prepare for life after the MTA Payroll Tax. Chairman Walder said it was "impossible", which was simply the wrong answer;

2) Cap the salaries of all MTA employees to no more than Governor Cuomo's salary. The amount of individuals making over $200,000, especially Chairman Walder's $350,000, is insulting to all taxpayers in the 12 county MTA region;

3) Commit to staying in the position through at least December 31, 2014;

July 21, 2011
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Zeldin: Governor’s Leadership Could Get MTA Payroll Tax Repeal Legislation Across Finish Line in Democrat Controlled State Assembly

Identifying the MTA Payroll Tax as one of the biggest obstacles to creating jobs on Long Island, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I -Shirley) said today that the Governor’s Regional Economic Development team should make repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax it’s top legislative priority to promote economic growth.

“The MTA Payroll Tax is called a ‘job-killer’ for good reason,” said Senator Zeldin. “It’s an ill conceived tax on every existing job in the MTA region.”

The Cuomo Administration has begun to turn its attention to economic development now that the regular 2011 Legislative Session is over. The Governor is assembling regional economic teams to develop and promote new business activity and job creation.

July 18, 2011
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ZELDIN AND DINAPOLI INITIATE DIALOGUE ON MTA AUDITS AND FINANCES

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I – Shirley), said today that Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s on-going audits of MTA operations are further proof that the MTA does not need to cut services or raise fares when the MTA Payroll Tax is phased out. Senator Zeldin and Comptroller DiNapoli have recently initiated dialogue with regards to the MTA's finances.

Senator Zeldin has led the fight to repeal the job-killing MTA Payroll Tax, which was enacted in 2009 to bail out the MTA. The Senate approved Senator Zeldin’s bill to phase-out the MTA Payroll Tax (S.5596-A/A.8193-A) with a bi-partisan 40-22 vote on June 15, 2011. The Assembly Democratic leadership, however, has not yet allowed a vote on the legislation despite broad bi-partisan support in their house as well.

July 15, 2011
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Zeldin Blasts MTA's Continued Fiscal Mismanagement Following Report by Empire Center for NYS Policy

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) released the following statement in response to a report on MTA payroll by the Empire Center for NYS Policy:

"Once again, a new report has been released highlighting the MTA's continued fiscal mismanagement. This time the issue is with the MTA's payroll. Whether it’s increasing payroll expenses, excessive salaries for administration, or abusive overpayments to employees, the MTA continues to come up short in bringing the expense side of the ledger in line with the revenue side of the ledger.

The MTA blames an arbitrator's award to union members as the cause while completely failing to acknowledge other relevant factors like the fact that top MTA brass and overtime abusers still make over $230,000 per year.

July 13, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Celebrates Purple Heart “Forever” Stamp

Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) presented a poster commemorating the introduction of the Purple Heart stamp as a Forever stamp to Commander Tim Lenihan (above right) of the William F. Taylor VFW Post 9486 in Lake Ronkonkoma. Senator Zeldin (above left), a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, is also the Senior Vice-Commander of VFW Post 8651 of the Mastics and Shirley.

The United States Postal Service officially unveiled and issued the Purple Heart Forever stamp on May 5, 2011 in San Diego, California.

The new classification ensures the Purple Heart stamp will continue in circulation and supporters will no longer need to advocate for its reissuance each time the price of stamps increases.

July 11, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Joins Governor Andrew Cuomo in Signing of Historic Property Tax Cap Legislation

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined members of the Long Island State Senate Delegation and Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at the Lynbrook home of James and Janet Gannon for an historic signing of the property tax cap bill that passed the State Legislature on Friday, June 24, 2011.  This legislation will limit the tax levy growth for school districts and local governments to two percent, or the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index (whichever is less).

July 5, 2011
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Statement From Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: Same Sex Marriage

“Tonight, the New York State Senate voted 33 to 29 to legalize same sex marriage in New York.  While my position opposing same sex marriage has never wavered, it has been a position that I have often thought about and reflected on. 

June 24, 2011
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Statement From Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: Property Tax Cap

"Tonight I am very proud to have voted to enact a strong property tax cap that will limit the growth of school and local government property taxes at two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less.  The number one issue in the Third Senate District is property taxes.  We need property tax relief in the 3rd Senate District and this legislation is an important next step towards controlling our increasing property tax costs.  

As I have repeatedly said, we need to find a more cost effective way to deliver a quality education for our school children. 

June 24, 2011
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Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York Join Senator Zeldin’s Call on The State Assembly to Pass MTA Payroll Tax Repeal

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) announced today that the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York is supporting his MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation.

S.5596-A/A.8193-A passed the New York State Senate on June 15, 2011, with a bi-partisan vote, 40-22. The bill was introduced in the Assembly by Assemblyman George Latimer (D-Rye). Co-sponsors include Assembly Members Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue), Al Graf (R, C- Holbrook), Dan Losquadro (R, C- Shoreham), Marcus Molinaro (R, I, C-Red Hook), Jim Conte (R, I, C, WF-Huntington Station), Mike Spano (D-Yonkers) and Fred Thiele (I- Sag Harbor).

 The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York released the following statement:

June 21, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Honors Suffolk County VFW Jr. Vice Commander George Egan at the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame Ceremony in Albany

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) inducted Suffolk VFW Jr. Vice Commander, George Egan, into the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday June 14, 2011 during a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. 

June 20, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO BILLS LIMITING MILITARY FUNERAL PROTESTS

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills, sponsored by Senators Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) and Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin and The National Federation of Independent Businesses Call on The State Assembly to Pass MTA Payroll Tax Repeal

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) and the National Federation of Independent Businesses today continued to keep the pressure on Assembly Majority Speaker Silver in calling for an up or down vote on legislation to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax before the end of session.

S.5596-A/A.8193-A passed the New York State Senate in a bi-partisan vote of 40-22. The bill was introduced in the Assembly by Assemblyman George Latimer (D-Rye). Co-sponsored include Assembly Members Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue), Al Graf (R, C- Holbrook), Dan Losquadro (R, C- Shoreham), Marcus Molinaro (R, I, C-Red Hook), Jim Conte (R, I, C, WF-Huntington Station), Mike Spano(D-Yonkers) and Fred Thiele (I- Sag Harbor).

June 16, 2011
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SENATOR ZELDIN AND SENATE COLLEAGUES PASS MTA PAYROLL TAX REPEAL

Removing Payroll Tax Burden Will Help Businesses Create Jobs 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5596A/ A.8193A) to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax, easing an enormous financial burden that has caused job losses and hurt businesses across the downstate region. The bill, which has strong support from business organizations including the Business Council of New York State and the National Federatin of Independent Businesses, is sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) and other Senators representing the 12-county MTA region. 

June 15, 2011
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Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Supports MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) and Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council is supporting their MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

The Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council released the following statement:

The metropolitan commuter transportation mobility tax (“MTA tax”) of a .34 percent of a payroll is a onerous burden on Long Island hospitals and health systems, costing more than $10 Million this year. The Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council strongly supports this bill, which would phase out the MTA tax for all employers on Long Island by 2014.

June 14, 2011
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