County Legislator and 41st state Senate District candidate Sue Serino (R,C,I- Hyde Park) today expressed little surprise at the release of AARP survey results that indicate “60 percent said they were at least ‘somewhat likely’ to leave the state with 27 percent saying they are ‘extremely likely’ to leave.” Saying the results were consistent with the feedback she has heard from residents as owner/operator of Serino Realty and during her time in local government, Serino expressed little surprise over the study outcome and cited it as another reason change is needed among the state legislature.

“Working in the real estate industry, every day I hear about how the high cost of living is forcing people of all ages to leave New York for states with less burdensome tax climates. Our seniors on fixed incomes have been particularly hard hit by the downturn in the economy and the up-tick in property taxes,” said Serino. “Much of the high property tax burden is a direct result of mandated services imposed on our counties by an out-of-touch legislature in Albany. Today 9 mandates make up 90 percent of the county property tax levy and little has been done to help alleviate the pain. As a town councilwoman in Hyde Park I voted against a 19 percent property tax increase our residents couldn’t afford. As Legislator, I did what I felt was right and voted against the Dutchess County Energy tax because I believed it was another tax that our residents simply couldn’t bear. As Senator, I will continue to use my taxpayer-first mentality to help protect residents, especially our seniors, from being forced from the homes they’ve built and rin which they have raised their families.”

Study results also found that those ages 50 and above also cite concerns about utility costs and high property taxes, with 49 percent saying they are ”extremely” or “very” concerned about being able to pay for utilities and 52 percent concerned about property taxes.

“Unfortunately the same pro-taxpayer standards I’ve practiced aren’t held by our current senator. In this year’s state budget, he voted for at least 18 different major taxes costing New Yorkers at least $70 billion. This includes $183 million in energy taxes alone! In fact, since he took office, energy taxes have spiked from $169 million to $183 million, and the overall taxes New Yorkers pay have gone up by billions of dollars,” concluded Serino.

Gipson’s record has been so unfriendly to local taxpayers that the pro-taxpayer group Unshackle Upstate recently gave him a score of only 67, below the scores of two indicted New York City politicians. He also received a failing grade of 64 from the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Full results of the survey conducted by AARP can be found by visiting