Senator Kenneth P. LaValle will hold a press event Friday, February 19 at 10:30 a.m. in front of  Digger O’Dells on West Main Street in Riverhead to call for the repeal of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) payroll tax and protest the proposed service cuts to eastern Long Island.  Senator LaValle will be joined by Assemblymen Fred Thiele and Marc Alessi, as well as Town Supervisors, local business owners, farmers, and LIRR patrons who will speak out against the Authority’s new tax and proposed service cuts. 

            “The MTA payroll tax is unfair on its face and should be repealed,” said Senator LaValle. “This is a job-killing tax that hurts businesses in suburban areas of the state.  Eastern Long Island, in particular, is offered minimal rail service.  Now, in addition to forcing our businesses and residents to pay an unwarranted payroll tax, the MTA wants to cut the little service we have.” 

            Governor Paterson has recently proposed reducing the rate of the MTA payroll tax to .17 percent for businesses outside of New York City.  “This proposal does not go far enough, especially in a region that has been largely underserved,” concluded Senator LaValle.  Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Thiele have introduced legislation that would eliminate the tax for the Town of Brookhaven and Peconic Bay region.  In a separate measure, the Senator and both Assemblymen have introduced legislation that would allow the public to consider the creation of the Peconic Bay Regional Transportation Authority to replace the MTA. 

WHO:             Senator Kenneth P. LaValle

WHAT:          MTA Tax and Service Cuts - Protest and Recommendations

WHEN:          Friday, February 19, 2010 - 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:       Digger O’Dells, 58 West Main Street, Riverhead

                        (LIE to NY 25 East – Follow to West Main Street)

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