When the New York State Assembly voted to repeal the commuter tax, it cost the city $400 million per year. The commuter tax did not tax anyone in New York City; it only taxed people coming into the city from Long Island, Westchester, and New Jersey.
We have discussed a lot of issues this election year. We have discussed our overcrowded schools, the poor transportation in Rockaway, and under-utilized land. Think about how much we could do with 400 million dollars. Even if Queens only received a quarter of that money, it would bring in 100 million dollars to our borough.
Why would Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer vote to hurt our city? Many Assembly people get connected to citizens in Albany and upstate interests when they remain in office for a long time. I do not blame Mrs. Pheffer for taking into account the concerns of other New Yorkers, but I take serious issue with any politician that hurts our city financially.
In a public dialogue, sponsored by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce and Wave, Mrs. Pheffer answered an audience question regarding her vote on the commuter tax. "The city has plenty of money," said the Assemblywoman. My question to the people is simple: If the city has plenty of money, why has District 23 not seen any of it?
We haven't gotten an extra express bus into Manhattan for working people. We haven't improved our schools. Mrs. Pheffer, if our city and state have plenty of money, where has that money gone?
I believe in responsible voting. We cannot discuss fixing public schools, while at the same time, blow a 400 million dollar hole in our budget. If anyone does not agree with me, please call Mayor Giuliani's office, and ask the mayor if that vote hurt our city. Mayor Koch was also outraged by this vote.
I do not have a problem with a person representing us for a long period of time, but I cannot, and will not, tolerate a politician selling out New York City.
ANTHONY P. STASI
CANDIDATE FOR STATE ASSEMBLY