Statement from County Legislator and 41st state Senate District candidate Sue Serino (R,C,I-Hyde Park):
The MTA Payroll Tax hit businesses and families hard when it was imposed by out-of-touch New York City Democrats in 2009. Since then little has been done to improve accountability for the authority and little of the funding has gone to improve safety for riders, as was highlighted by the recent Blue Ribbon Panel. Despite numerous calls for an audit of their books the Metropolitan Transit Authority continues to take billions annually from local residents and businesses. Unfortunately, instead of putting the brakes on their exorbitant spending Terry Gipson actually voted against the elimination of the tax and continued this irresponsible and poorly managed funding of the authority. We need to fully repeal this oppressive tax and find a way to permanently fund Metro North in an affordable and responsible way.