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Message from Senator Nozzolio re: utility increase

All across the state, New Yorkers have just received an unwelcome notice in their monthly utility bills regarding a new State Assessment Fee. The notice cited a new law that took effect on July 1st, 2009, requiring utilities to collect a special assessment from all customers— an assessment that will be sent directly to New York State and put into the State’s general fund.As your State Senator, I strongly opposed this assessment, which is one of more than a hundred new taxes being used to cover the deficit created by a State budget that increased spending by a record $13 billion. New York’s businesses and homeowners cannot afford another tax. As if our gas and electric bills weren’t bad enough, the situation was just made worse.That is why during the budget negotiations, I sponsored an ammendment that would have removed the onerous new taxes on natural gas and utilities. Unfortunately, this amendment was defeated by the Senate Democrats and lost by only one vote.In response to the outrageous tax increase on energy, I am calling upon Governor Paterson and Senate President Malcolm Smith to repeal this onerous tax. I encourage you to learn more about my efforts by visiting http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/statement-senator-nozzolio-new-utility-bill-assessment-fee. You can also sign my petition to remove these taxes by visiting my Facebook page or calling my office Toll Free at 1-888-568-9816.With Best Wishes,Mike NozzolioSenator, 54th District

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