Tannousis Says State Budget Makes New York Unaffordable

NEW YORK – New York State Assemblyman Michael Tannousis (R, C-Staten Island/Brooklyn) released a statement on April 20 regarding the state budget.

“The state budget has seen numerous failures, including not holding MTA fare evaders accountable for their actions by forgiving their offenses and enrolling them in programs that will allow them not to pay their fares,” Assemblyman Michael Tannousis said. “Fare evasion costs the MTA approximately $700 million a year. But they are pushing congestion pricing by arguing that it will bring in $1 billion a year, aiming to offset fare evasion costs. Instead of addressing the issue of reclaiming this revenue, the state Legislature’s solution is to impose congestion pricing on residents of Staten Island, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens, expecting them to bear the burden while others are free to utilize the subway and bus without paying the fare. All this, while the MTA’s own environmental impact study clearly shows congestion pricing will lead to an increase in congestion and pollution on Staten Island and the Bronx. The Legislature is not interested in holding individuals accountable for their actions but would rather pass along the cost to the hardworking taxpayers who continue to flee in droves.”

“Moreover, the implementation of Good Cause Eviction laws will make it exceedingly difficult for landlords to remove tenants from their properties and do nothing to protect landlords and their rights,” Tannousis continued. “It will cause a mass exodus of property owners away from New York to more property-friendly states. It will lead to a dilapidation of properties around our state as well as a significant decrease in tax revenue. While hurting New York taxpayers, the Legislature has given $2.4 billion to fund the migrants who continue to enter New York with no end in sight. When it comes to New York state, the working man is a sucker.”


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