On the eve of a historic Hudson Valley April 15 Tea Party – Tax Revolt, which will be held on the steps of the Putnam County Courthouse located at 40 Gleneida Ave. in Carmel, NY, Greg Ball unveiled a full slate of impressive speakers to stand with him. This revolt and tea party has been planned to make a symbolic gesture and leave a lasting impression upon the powers to be in Washington, DC and Albany that the people are mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore.
Dozens of candidates and elected officials have pleaded with the Assemblyman to speak at this event. Yet Greg Ball demanded a ‘No Tax Pledge’ from each speaker, sending many heading for the hills. Left standing is an impressive grouping of patriots and tax fighters all willing to publicly take a stand against excessive and unconstitutional taxation. Indeed, before speaking on April 15th each candidate and elected official must first “come out of the tax closet” and sign the “Tax-Free Pledge” before the assembled crowd and press, if they choose to speak.
“There is precious little time left to finally right the ship and get us back on track,” Ball said. “Working people, who work for a living and play by the rules, can barely hold on to their homes and are struggling to pay their property taxes. Yet, Sheldon Silver, Nancy Pelosi and their dysfunctional counterparts in the US Congress, State Senate and beyond have decided to once again leverage their flawed vision for America upon the backs of our children and grandchildren. These gangs of tax-and-spend insiders are not leaders, but elitists and Kamikaze pilots intent on sinking with the great model of American success and opportunity. Those rubber stamps in Washington, DC and the New York City legislators running amok in Albany must finally hear from the Hudson Valley and beyond that we are taxed beyond our ability to pay and we are simply not going to take it anymore.”
Dan Coombs of Patterson and Daniel Armstrong of Brewster, who will each speak at the Tax Revolt, are most upset about property taxes and will urge voters to turn down the school budget this year. Coombs referenced a newspaper article he read about the teaching background of the Kent School Board.
“I’m ‘tead off,’” Coombs said. “I cannot think, I’m so disgusted.”
While Coombs and Armstrong will focus on the intrusion of local government, Bill Bongiorno of South Salem, co-founder of the Northern Westchester Tea Party Patriots, plans to speak about the expansion of the federal government.
“Our mission is to roll back the government to its constitutional limits, maximize freedom, and restore strict adherence to the founding documents,” Bongiorno said. “We believe in equal justice, not social justice. People need to earn their prosperity, not be given it. This is not just about April 15. This is a journey for the rest of our lives to restore the country.”
“Democrats are trying to create a society of entitlements,” said Jackie Hughes, a Poughkeepsie resident. “Handout societies lack motivation, resulting in selective generations of poverty. We have always strived for the American dream, one that is different for every dreamer. We are a forward-thinking, energetic society. As Americans, we’ve strived to break ceilings and barriers always, and we haven’t lost our touch. Our Country needs us, and we are here!”
Jim Coleman, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Greg Ball, will emcee the rally. He plans to take a megaphone into a crowd of thousands to give those in attendance an opportunity to speak as well.
“We’re going to let the people shout out their frustrations,” Coleman said. “Since I came to work for Greg Ball, I talk to people every day. And every day, people are upset, frustrated. They don’t know where to turn or what to do. We’re going to let them speak too, let them tell us why they’re upset, and we’re going to find out what they want to do about it. This is the people’s country and it should be the people’s government. It’s time to take it back.”
Making History with Greg Ball will be:
- Citizen Speakers Daniel Armstrong, Bill Bongiorno, Michael Buffone, Jim Coleman, Kurt Collucci, Daniel Coombs, Jesse Horowitz, Jackie Hughes, and Ed Kowalski;
- Elected officials Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli, Putnam County Legislator Tony Fusco, and Putnam County Executive Robert J. Bondi (tentative);
- Executive Director of the Greater Carmel-Mahopac Chamber of Commerce Pete Bardunias;
- 19th Congressional District Candidates Kristia Cavere, Neil DiCarlo, and Dave McFadden;
- 99th Assembly District Candidates Nick Bianco, Greg Kane, Steve Katz, and MaryBeth Murphy;
- Thousands of spectators spilling into the streets.