My message is clear. The New York State Legislature must immediately convene to create long lasting, high paying, local jobs. The Legislature needs to pass the job creation package we passed in the Senate, put real people back to work by fixing our roads and bridges, repeal the MTA Payroll Tax and pass a host of new small business-friendly initiatives to revitalize Main Street.
The American dream of home ownership has become a nightmare for many. And while the Property Tax Cap we passed this legislative session is certain to help beleaguered taxpayers in the years to come, it does little to provide immediate relief. Unemployment is over 9%, and in many sectors of the economy, especially building and trades, it is over 25%, with the gap between the middle class and the elite widening at a sickening pace.
Throughout my district, hundreds of entrepreneurs and small business owners have been turned down by banks for loans (many of the same banks that were bailed out). As we continue to spend billions of dollars building schools and bridges in places like Iraq and Afghanistan (only to have them randomly blown up by insurgents and terrorists), I have identified dozens of infrastructure projects in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties that are unfunded and in disrepair. If adequately funded, those projects are ripe for job creation.
At the highest of levels, in two successive administrations, we bailed out the wealthiest in this country and handed over billions of dollars to powerful financial institutions. But where does that leave Main Street? We are seeing huge spikes in corporate profits as small businesses from Katonah to Cold Spring, Millerton to Yorktown, Somers to Carmel and Brewster to Kent are closing their doors – forever.
Single moms and dads are tortured by a balancing act that forces them to choose between basic life-sustaining needs and the increasing costs of child care. Seniors are not able to keep up with skyrocketing property taxes and are fearful of an America depleted of opportunity for their grandchildren. Young professionals are either being forced out of New York State altogether, or left with no choice but to rent or live with relatives, rather than enjoying home ownership. Furthermore, this region has thousands of talented workers who are ready to enlist in the workforce, yet there are no jobs.
It is vitally important that we, as a legislative body, return to Albany for an Emergency Session to focus specifically on job creation. Government must proactively work to move the hurdles, barriers, unnecessary taxes and fees that are strangling small business owners and entrepreneurs.
It is simply unacceptable to wait until January 2012 to revitalize New York State’s economy. Please join me in calling upon the Governor and my colleagues in the Senate and the Assembly to get back to work and get the job done! (ARTICLE)