Assemblyman Jim Conte has urged his assembly colleagues to pass legislation repealing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) payroll tax before the conclusion of the current legislative session. The companion bill passed the Senate, leaving it up to the assembly to eliminate this job-killing tax.
The bill, sponsored by Conte, would begin to phase out the tax beginning in 2012 by first exempting small businesses of 25 employees or fewer as well as public and non-public schools. The tax would be completely eliminated by January 1, 2014, for the seven suburban counties outside of New York City within the MTA’s service region.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. recently voted in favor of legislation which would help make the MTA more accountable and transparent to Long Islanders by requiring it to undergo an independent forensic audit.
“Long Islanders pay a lot of money to fund the MTA; we need to make sure that those funds are being used effectively. After being hit with numerous fare hikes and a burdensome payroll tax, Long Islanders want to know how the MTA is spending their money. Conducting an independent audit would help find new savings and make the MTA more accountable. I am pleased the Senate has passed this legislation and hope it will also be approved by the Assembly,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.
The Greater Farmingdale Community Land Trust, Inc. (GF CLT) would like to invite residents to attend our second annual GF CLT meeting, Tuesday, June 21, Farmingdale Village Hall at 7 p.m.
On behalf of all the residents of the Incorporated Village of Farmingdale, we wish to thank the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society for all their efforts in designing and purchasing the Civil War Memorial that is the latest addition to our redesigned Village Green. It is a beautiful tribute to the men who answered our nation’s call 150 years ago.
The New York State Senate recently passed legislation sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. that closes a loophole that allows someone arrested for DUI while driving with a conditional license to face only a traffic infraction.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many generous residents of the Sixth Senate District and beyond who donated items to my “Support Your Soldier” initiative. It was an honor to partner with Any Soldier to offer residents a convenient way to support our brave troops.
For his work and tireless advocacy to increase organ-donor awareness throughout New York State Assemblyman Jim Conte, two-time organ-transplant recipient, has been selected to serve on Save Lives Now New York Foundation, Inc.’s board of directors.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation he cosponsored to expand property tax exemption benefits for veterans who re-enlisted in the military to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Assemblyman Jim Conte has announced that libraries in his district have been awarded nearly $150,000 in state grants. The grants are supported by a special $14 million appropriation in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2010-11 State Budget.
This weekend we celebrate one of America’s great holidays, Memorial Day. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U. S. soldiers who died while in the military service. It was first enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War and later extended to honor Americans who have died in all wars. For as long as all of us can remember, Farmingdale Village has celebrated Memorial Day with a parade down Main Street, organized by our Village Fire Department, followed by memorial services on our Village Green. This year is no exception but in addition to the parade and veterans services, we will be dedicating a new Civil War Memorial honoring those from Farmingdale who served in the American Civil War.
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