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Up to 1,500 people gathered at the Massapequa Long Island Rail Road station last Wednesday to hold a "Tea Party" rally. The event was part of a nationwide movement, dubbed "National Tea Party Day." Organizers claim that 2,048 towns and cities across the country held tea parties similar to the one that took place at the Massapequa LIRR station.

Massapequa resident Jayne Costanzo was the main organizer for the LIRR rally, which she declared to be a successful event.

"The crowd lined both sides of Sunrise Highway," she told The Massapequan Observer. "Drivers passing by supported the tea party by honking their horns."

The rally was held on April 15, which, as all deadbeat taxpayers know, is the last day to file for federal income taxes. The event took place from 4 to 6 p.m.

"The tea party is part of a national movement to protest the spending of trillions of dollars which will leave our great-grandchildren as a debt they must pay," Ms. Costanzo said. She claimed that only talk radio and "certain cable outlets" covered the various tea parties. However, by noting the number of towns and cities that held tea parties, Ms. Costanzo added that her organization is "now part of a bigger group that will band together, and vote together."

Ms. Costanzo said that most of the people at the event "had never protested in their lives." They were, she added, "just law abiding citizens who are tired of paying taxes---village, town, county, state, and federal---just to see their money being wasted by politicians whose main job is getting re-elected. They make policy on how it will affect their re-election. If it helps the country, that's nice, but not necessary.

"Many of the people at the events had to juggle the day, just to attend," Ms. Costanzo added. "That is how much all this government waste and debt matter to them. They care about the country and the constitution.

"If everybody took responsibility for themselves and their families; if people did not look to other people's money by way of government handouts and read the documents they signed, such as mortgage applications, and if we had politicians who truly cared for our country, then we would not have to protest," Ms. Costanzo concluded.

Longtime Massapequa resident John Meyer also attended the rally. He observed that community leaders from as far away as Long Beach joined the Massapequa event, which Meyer said was "much like the Boston Tea Party held in 1773."

One of the organizers of the event, Laura Gill, addressed a crowd of hundreds armed with patriotic symbols and signs complaining about tax hikes and financial decisions being made by all branches of the federal government.

Also in attendance were several local politicians, including New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino and Nassau County Legislator Peter Schmitt, plus public advocate Joe Belesi.

"People who live here cannot afford the never ending increases in taxes. What is most outrageous to me and to every resident, is the decision by the county executive and the county Legislature's Democratic majority to create a new, sizable tax on energy including electric, home heating oil, gas and fire wood," said Belesi.

"Taxes are out of control, not only in Washington but in Albany and Mineola too," added Peter Schmitt. "Republicans will continue to advocate for the repeal of Nassau County's home energy tax."

"The New York state budget is so bad that it will guarantee a hefty increase in state taxes and fees," said Assemblyman Saladino. "The federal government, New York state and Nassau County cannot tax their way out of the current economic crisis. It does not seem as though they are at all concerned about the cumulative effect that all of these increases have on the average homeowner and business owner. New York state and Nassau County could stand to learn a valuable lesson by watching the great job the Town of Oyster Bay has done to provide quality services at an affordable price."


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