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Saugerties Post Star
  • ASSEMBLYMAN PETE LOPEZ & BIPARTISAN COALITION CALL FOR 2013-14 STATE BUDGET TO INCLUDE TAX & FEE RELIEF FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY IRENE, LEE & SANDY

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  • Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie) joined a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers this week in calling for the Governor and Legislative Leaders to include in the final 2013-14 State Budget tax and fee relief for New Yorkers struggling to rebuild from Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee or Superstorm Sandy.
     
    “What happened in New York City and Long Island happened to my area as well and these New Yorkers are still devastated – physically as well as emotionally. Every possible resource is needed to restore citizens, their homes and our communities and to encourage residents and employers to stay,” said Assemblyman Lopez. “In times of crisis, we need to focus on the human condition. I am proud to be part of this upstate/downstate coalition that is coming together for the best interest of all our people.”
     

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    Lopez Storm Tax Release 1/31/13 PAGE 2
     
     
    Specifically, Assemblyman Lopez is joining with downstate legislators including Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Assemblyman Brian Curran and Assemblyman William Colton, among many others, to call for the state to exempt certain state taxes and fees for residents recovering from Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee or Superstorm Sandy. The measures include:
     
    • Calling on the Governor and Legislative Leaders to exempt the state sales tax on the purchase of vehicles for New Yorkers who are replacing a vehicle that was totaled during one of the three natural disasters;
     
    • Calling for the state to exempt the state sales tax on building materials used to help New Yorkers rebuild their homes or businesses damaged or destroyed during one of the three natural disasters; and
       
      • Calling for the state to waive the vehicle registration fees for vehicles purchased to replace vehicles totaled during one of the three natural disasters.
         
        Assemblyman Lopez pointed to the importance that all three measures would not cost taxpayers or the state any money, or compromise the state budget. He said, “We hope that the Governor and Legislative Leaders agree that the state should not be profiting on the devastation caused by these storms. These monies are a windfall that was not expected and would not deprive the budget from any funds or affect taxpayers. It’s simply the right thing to do to help the countless residents with rebuilding their lives.”
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        Assemblyman Lopez also noted that the proposals would help support local businesses as well. He said, “Many businesses in my region are just starting to come back to life, but they are still struggling to make ends meet. I cannot fathom the full impact of Superstorm Sandy on communities and businesses downstate. These measures will all help encourage residents as well as businesses get back on their feet.”
         
        PICTURED ABOVE: Assemblyman Pete Lopez speaks at a recent press conference calling for the state to exempt certain taxes and fees relating the purchase of vehicles to replace those totaled during Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee or Superstorm Sandy as well as sales taxes on the purchase of building materials used in the recovery from any of those natural disasters. Pictured with the Assemblyman, from left to right, are Assemblymen Brian Curran and William Colton.
         
        EDITORS’ NOTE: A video from the bipartisan coalition’s recent press conference on this subject can be watched by clicking here: http://youtu.be/5su31z-09Jw.