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Independence Day Message from Senator Nozzolio

This weekend Americans will celebrate Independence Day.More than simply a weekend of fun, this is our national celebration of the ideals our Nation was built upon… life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…as eloquently stated by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.Just as our forefathers did over 200 years ago, the new coalition bi-partisan government, established in the New York Senate on June 8th of this year, is struggling against the oppressive policies that have made New York State one of the highest taxed states in the Nation.The Senate members who joined the coalition have taken a strong stand for the people of upstate New York. We are fighting for the right to reverse the tremendous damage done to our citizens and remove the more than 100 new taxes and fees that were added to this year’s New York State budget.These taxes are devastating to the Upstate economy, to our families, to our senior citizens, and to our local businesses. The job-killing taxes that were pushed through by New York City based Senators, Assemblymen and Governor Paterson behind closed doors, in total violation of budget reform laws , included increases in energy taxes, health insurance taxes, income taxes, property taxes, and SUNY tuition.Our disagreements are not over power or who has the largest office as the media would have you believe… it is about standing up against the New York City-driven policies that are forcing both businesses and families to leave New York State in alarming numbers.Our Nation’s unemployment rate now hovers around 10%. In New York the policies that have been forced upon taxpayers do nothing to create jobs or even retain the ones we have. They do nothing to stimulate growth and opportunity.Every single day I hear passionate and sincere pleas for help from the people in my District. Many have lost their jobs, are struggling just to make ends meet and to provide for their family’s basic needs. They are cutting costs, eliminating everything non-essential and reducing their spending. Everyone is feeling the effect of the budget, including many seniors who fear the loss of the STAR rebate program will cause them to lose their homes.Yet despite the worst economic recession in my lifetime, the New York State budget that was adopted in April, increased spending by $ 13 billion over last year’s budget….and saddled us with over $8.5 billion in new taxes and fees. Clearly, if this isn’t changed now, New York State will be the last state in our Nation to emerge from the national recession. I was strongly opposed to and voted against this terrible budget. Unfortunately, this budget passed by the razor thin margin of only one vote. You can read my comments in opposition to the budget by clicking here to visit my website. There you can also review a dramatic map of New York State which demonstrates the concentration of Senators from the New York City area and how this voting block affects Upstate New York.I am committed to doing everything I can to reverse the effects of this budget and return common sense to our state government.Our effort is also about regaining the public’s trust and confidence in their state government. I believe this is a cause worth fighting for. The situation in Albany may appear chaotic, and at times it is, but contrary to what is being reported, I have been working in the State Senate each and every day, doing the work you sent me there to do, representing the interests of my constituents.This Independence Day has special added meaning for me. We will be conducting legislative session and negotiations in Albany throughout the weekend, and it is my hope our efforts will forge new polices for our state, and put New York back on the right track again.It is my hope you and your loved ones have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend, as we share our collective gratitude for the tremendous liberty and freedom we enjoy as Americans.

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