2008-09-19 / Top Stories

Smith, Addabbo Blast Republicans

Republicans have had their chance and failed, says State Senator Malcolm Smith, who represents Rockaway.

After 40 years of a Republican-led Senate, Smith said, New Yorkers are faced with a struggling economy, bloated budget and the highest taxes in the nation, adding that the Republicans are controlled by special interests and unwilling to meet the needs of working families.

"Today, we stand united behind the candidates who will bring about the real economic change needed to get New York working again," said Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith. "We need to rebuild New York by creating jobs, cutting property taxes and slashing wasteful spending. Four decades of unfulfilled promises is a price New Yorkers should not have to pay," said Smith.

Candidates in attendance included Joseph Addabbo (Queens), Joe Mesi (Western New York), Jim Gennaro (Queens), Hiram Monserrate (Queens), Larry Delarose (Hudson Valley), and Daniel Squadron (Brooklyn/Manhattan).

"Albany has lost touch with the needs of working people, and the state is struggling. We've got to get serious about the rising cost of living, unequal distribution of education aid, tax breaks for corporations which outsource jobs and drain the tax base, and a culture of out of control spending and pork barrel promises which has supplanted fiscal responsibility. How many more jobs must we lose until labor and small businesses get the support they need to succeed? How many more seniors should have to go bankrupt before their health insurance finally kicks in? And how many more years do our kids need to suffer before the City sees the CFE money we were promised 13 years ago. Enough is enough. Albany is out of touch and time is up," said Councilman Joe Addabbo.

"As an effective legislator and a tireless advocate for Queens residents, I have taken on the tough issues that matter — public safety, quality education and health care, living wage jobs — and gotten results that have improved our residents' quality of life," said Hiram Monserrate (SD-13). "I look forward to working with Senator Smith and the soon-to-be Democratic majority in the State Senate to continue ensuring today's resources and tomorrow's opportunities for all New Yorkers."

Senator Smith concluded, "This year is one of the most critical elections in decades. Democrats want to fix the economy, improve access to healthcare for all New Yorkers, expand affordable housing and reduce energy costs. Republicans have had their opportunity and failed. Do you think they deserve another?"

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