Seneca Falls – One hundred and twenty cars, trucks, tractors, even a Fayette fire truck took part in Saturday’s motorcade demonstration in support of New York State collecting taxes from Indian businesses that sell to non-Indian customers. UpState Citizens for Equality organized the motorcade demonstration which started at Cayuga Lake State Park and traveled for two hours, back and forth, past the Cayuga Indians’ Lakeside Trading Store on Route 89 in Seneca Falls. New York State was supposed to begin collecting taxes from Indian business owners on December 1st, but Governor George Pataki recently expanded the comment period for the new law, making March 1st, 2004 the earliest that taxes could be collected. The new law was sponsored by State Senator Mike Nozzolio. Nozzolio-who was in Seneca Falls Saturday for the opening of the new village library-did not attend the demonstration. Nozzolio has started a petition drive demanding the state collect the taxes. Cigarettes at Lakeside Trading sell for up to $25 less a carton, while regular gas Saturday was selling for $1.48 per gallon, about 10-cents less than other Seneca Falls gas stations. Despite the two hour long motorcade, bussiness was very steady as sometimes up to six cars at a time were at the pumps.
Click here for video from the protest (1.34 meg) Photo’s fron Saturday’s Motorcade Protest:
SF Farmer Rodman Lott drives his tractor through the Lakeside Trading Store parking lot. UCE members fix signs on a trailer before the motorcade demonstration Story & Photos by Greg Cotterill for FingerLakes1.com