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Ball, Castelli & Cohen Tout Jobs Proposals

Proposal includes mix of tax cuts and credits for small businesses.

Appearing at a joint Friday press conference, state Sen. Greg Ball, Assemblyman Robert Castelli and state Senate candidate Bob Cohen called on the assembly to pass a series of tax changes meant to support small businesses.

“We cannot afford to send legislators to Albany who are not looking to create jobs, create jobs that grow our economy, so that people can put their families’ food on the table, said Cohen (R-New Rochelle).

The trio gathered at  in Mount Kisco to tout their agenda, which would affect small businesses. It includes a 20-percent corporate tax cut, a 10-percent personal income tax credit, and tax credits for hiring new employees. The later proposal would be based on a sliding scale, with credits being higher for hiring people on unemployment and military veterans who are returning from service.

The corporate tax cut, according to the officials, is projected to save about $49 million for close to 200,000 small businesses. The 10-percent credit is projected to save about $80 million for 100,000 small businesses.

Castelli (R-Goldens Bridge), pointing to a small business example, described the Mount Kisco store as a “perfect example of the new businesses infusing some energy into our community.”

He added, “This is what we need. This is why New York is open for business again. The Governor has said it, we on both sides of the aisle want to work with him to ensure that New York is open for business again, and we remain the Empire State.”

The state Senate has a specific version of the jobs package, called the New Jobs-NY plan. It passed the chamber in May, although the Assembly has not acted on it.

Also discussed is increasing public-private partnerships (or "P3"), where the private sector can provide monetary backing for public infrastrcture. As an example, Ball (R-Patterson) repeatedly cited planned replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, and argued that P3 could help pay for bringing mass transit to it.

“We have an opportunity with the Tappan Zee to create tens of thousands of local jobs, high-paying jobs, jobs that will allow people to, to send their kids to college, to make their mortgage payment – real jobs."

Ball also feels that P3 would provide a boost to public employee pensions, funding for which is a costly matter for school districts and municipalities, by allowing for the funds to invest in them.

The Democratic challengers to the three politicians gave responses.

The campaign of George Latimer (D-Rye), who is Cohen's opponent in the 37th Senate District, sent the following: "The truth is Bob Cohen and his Senate Republican allies are too busy supporting outsourcers moving jobs out of New York rather than addressing the needs of small businesses in Westchester. George Latimer is the only candidate in this race that has a plan to cut taxes, create jobs and help small businesses."

Ball's challenger in the 40th Senate District, Justin Wagner (D-Croton-on-Hudson), had a statement as well, noting his own tax cuts proposal for small businesses. The statement also read that Wagner is in favor of a minimum wage increase.

Castelli's challenger for the 93rd Assembly District, White Plains Democrat David Buchwald, also weighed in with a campaign statement.

"It's astonishing to me that Assemblyman Castelli is out fighting for a bill that he won’t even sponsor in the Assembly. This is just another political press stunt to try to trick voters into thinking he is working to improve the business climate in our community. We need a representative that will actually work to improve our economy not just stand with other elected officials and talk about it. In Albany, I will fight for tax credits for businesses that create jobs, state investments in infrastructure projects to put New Yorkers back to work and make New York more business friendly and competitive.”

The 40th Senate District includes most of northern Westchester County, eastern Putnam County and two towns in Dutchess County. The 37th Senate District includes large portions of southern Westchester, plus the towns of Bedford and North Castle in northern Westchester. The 93rd Assembly district includes northeastern Westchester, and parts of central and southern Westchester.

Ross Revira October 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Tom not everyone obtains their "cash" from the government. Some of us earn it the hard way by working for it in private industry. Why don't you bash Rep Nita Lowey (D) for collecting a NY State pension while she is one of the wealthiest members of Congress from New York. Why is it that Democrats demonize the success of business executives but are completely silent for the garish display of wealth by the Hollywood set?
Tom Murphy October 07, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I didn't know Nina was in the "Hollywood set". What does that mean? Was she ever in the movies? I don't demonize the success of business execs but they couldn't have earned that dough without their workers. Also I just want the rich to pay their fair share. is that too much to ask?
Ross Revira October 07, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Tom two separate sentences illustrating the hypocritical rhetoric of the Democrats. I am glad you are talking about paying one's fair share and I agree. Two things I ask, what is the percentage or amount of the "fair share" one pays? Does the 50% who pay NO federal taxes paying their "fair share"?
Aidan October 07, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Tom stop with the "Fair share" shout. It's as empty as "It's for the children!".
Harold1968 October 08, 2012 at 02:30 PM
We all know the priorities of the UFT: "When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children." - Founder of the United Federation of Teachers
Harold1968 October 08, 2012 at 02:41 PM
As far as I'm concerned there is only one way to be "fair". Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, should be paying 28% in income tax. Whether you earn $100 per year or $10,000,000 per year. I don't care about the type of income either - dividends, interest, etc. It's all the same when it's in your checking account. I'm equally offended by the person paying zero taxes as I am by the multi-millionaire paying 14%.
Harold1968 October 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
And the union war on the taxpayer continues.... http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/2013/proposal_2_a_dream_come_true_for_unions_and_a_nightmare_for_everyone_else
jeff meyer October 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Harold, I don't often read links that people provide since they are usually cherry picked to fit the argument of the individual offering the opinion. Your link certainly serves that purpose. First of all the "union war" that you mention is a figment of your imagination. There is no war between unions and taxpayers, Harold. The only war our nation is engaged in Harold is in Afghanistan. Your use of the term "war" is misguided to say the least. Furthermore, the link that you provided is written by someone who is a extremist. For someone to attempt to make a correlation between unions and the housing meltdown is absurd. Absent of fact and reality. Equally absent of fact is the rant against Michigan ballot proposals. Aren't ballot initiatives part of the voting process? Democracy? Vote no if said initiative is so offensive. Harold, the purpose of a union is to benefit, protect and enhance the welfare of its members. That is not evil or worthy of the "war" that you wish to wage. The process afforded us as citizens give you and others the opportunity to vote and organize against the welfare of unions. The Koch brother, Mr. Hirsch/Watchdog and others will appreciate your support. However, knock off the over the top and unsubstantiated rhetoric. It is lame. Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe, NY
Len Martello October 08, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Isn't it interesting that wages and benefits were rising for the vast majority of workers during the 1950's -1970's, when the unions fought for better working conditions (which benefitted union AND non-union workers). The came Ronald Reagan, who began the now 30-year attack on organized labor... Look at the wages of most jobs in "right-to-work" states like Texas and Florida...minimum wage jobs, no benefits - who can achieve the American Dream under those conditions? The answer: only the 1% can. I always wonder about folks like Harold: if offered a job with equivalent benefits to a good union job, would he turn it down??? Remember, benefits are EARNED by workers, and America's workers are the most productive in the world. That's an economic fact.
Harold1968 October 08, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Jeff, As much as you'd like to deny it there has been a union war on the taxpayer for many years. Over the years the unions have used their political influence to consistently improve the lives of public sector employees at the expense of the taxpayer. The public sector employee is now a privileged class looking down on the average taxpayer. They are right up there with the "1%". What do I mean by "privileged class"? Public sector employees retire after 20 or 25 years. They have unheard of job security. They retire in their 40's and 50's with guaranteed, generous, pensions and health coverage. The average taxpayer? He gets fired (and rightly so) if he doesn't perform. He/she retires in their late 60's with no financial guarantee or health coverage. The average annual compensation of a public sector employee is twice that of the taxpayer that's paying their salary. How ironic is that? In the real world isn't the boss supposed to be doing as well, if not better than the employee? We're in Bizarro World when it comes to public sector employee compensation. You're a retired public employee in your late 40's making $80,000 plus benefits, in retirement. If your situation isn't privileged relative to the average taxpayer then I don't know what is. They have a name for a society that pays their public "servants" 80K for 40 years after working 20 years....it's called Greece. It can't be done - and that's not my opinion, it's a fact.
Harold1968 October 08, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Hey, wait a minute Len! Why can use the phrase "attack on organized labor" but Jeff won't let me use the phrase "war on the taxpayer"?? I demand that you stop using "attack on organized labor" unless Jeff lets me use "war on the taxpayer". Cease and desist!
jeff meyer October 08, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Harold, Len is Len am I am Jeff. Len does not or should not be compared to me. Len can say whatever the heck he wants. Though I must admit that I so consider Len to be a very wise and insightful man. JM Tuckahoe, NY
jeff meyer October 08, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Harold, My goodness! Let's parse your opinion. Only once will I do this. Public employees such as myself (retired) use the legal process afforded granted to us. Is that not the democratic process afforded to both of us us? Individuals and organizations have the same access to the political process. The AFL-CIO and the Koch brothers and all in between are afforded access to our democratic process. Harold, I DENY NOTHING. I proudly wear my union activism on my sleeve. I always have. I am retired yet I still contribute to union causes and picket abusive/non union shops every month. NO DENIAL THERE. Public employees are not a privileged class. Furthermore, we are not the 1%. Please be accurate Harold. At least seek to be accurate. I am proud of my pension. I worked for it and earned it. You act as though I should be ashamed. Anything but. My pension is the result of a legal and binding labor agreement. It is the direct result of organized labor. It was duly ratified by elected officials and which the public had full access too. If I had my way every job from Walmart to McDonald's would be union. I welcome you to the fight. Even though we are opponents I thank I God that we live in a Republic that allows men and women of different opinion access and engagement in the political process. As the great, late labor organizer Cesar Chavez (a hero of mine ) once opined; "if you want to remember me then organize". Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe, NY
Harold1968 October 08, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Jeff, - I'll leave it up to the readers to decide whether retiring in your 40's with an $80,000 pension and free healthcare is privileged or not. I think it speaks for itself. - Your constant reminders that you "worked for" and "earned" your pension sound very defensive and are somewhat insulting. It seems to imply that the average taxpayer doesn't also "work for" and "earn" what they make. The big difference is that the average taxpayer will "work for" and "earn" for 40+ years while you've done it for 20 years. - Technically the public may have access to the terms of union contracts if they search long and hard enough to find them. Unfortunately the average taxpayer, for various reasons, isn't aware of the public employee compensation they pay with their taxes. If the taxpayer truly knew the specifics of public employee compensation they would lose it. How do I know? I like to ask people what they think their local teacher or police officer earns. Their guestimate is ALWAYS substantially below reality. When I tell them the salary or retirement terms of their police officer or teacher their jaws drop. Public employee salaries, benefits, retirement ages, and pensions should be voted on each year. You and I both know what would happen if the taxpayers truly knew the real compensation of the privileged class. The "legal" process of unions bargaining with union-owned politicians like George Latimer must end.
jeff meyer October 08, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Harold, I make no assumptions at all. I make no inferences regarding others. I just state my opinions. Unlike you and others I have no fear of putting my real name next to my opinions. Also, I have no interest or concern with what others earn. Such matters are none of my business or concern. If you wish to make it your life's ambition to wage a "war" against unions and public employees then go ahead. Knock yourself out. However, if you wish to be taken seriously in your "war" you will have to use your real name and not hide behind Harold 1968. Good luck with your endeavor. JM Tuckahoe, NY
Ross Revira October 08, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Len when you purchase products or services do you buy the most expensive? When hiring a repair man to work at your residence do you give the job without question to the highest person? When you bring your car in for repair do you ask for an estimate and when you know it is higher than it should be do you still have the job done? If you answered no than you have the answer on why all unions are dying except in the public sector. To state that most jobs in "right to work " states are minimum wage and no benefits shows ignorance of the facts or you are just plain lying. Many auto companies from around the world have located their assembly plants in right to work states and are not paying minimum wage and providing benefits. One reason the pay might be less than in Detroit is that the cost of living is less and they don't have to pay union dues. Like everything in the world times change. Unions were extremely important in the first half of the 20th century. Just like the companies exploited labor during this time unions are exploiting the populous today.
Suzanne October 08, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Sorry Billy -- It is you that are misinformed. Bob Cohen is a landlord (and isn't one of me) who has lots of property and wants lower taxes for himself. He doesn't care about schools or seniors or services. He wants to raise his rent-controlled properties rents. His voting record is very available and you keep skewing the facts, like Bobo the Truth-Bender. Furthermore, once the god Ray-gun's tax reforms went into place, all the housing taxes went up, because the Feds passed off unfunded mandates to the states, which in turn passed them to the municipalities. This has been 30 years in the making. Myopic views don't help get the job done. George did not agree with the 2% Tax Cap becasue it DID NOT ADDRESS UNFUNDED STATE MANDATES. The Repub controlled Senate said they'd pass it, if Cuomo sunsetted the Millionaire's Surcharge and let them gerrymander the district to favor your boy Bob. --He's clueless. I know because I asked him a question, on one of his phone in Town Hall meetings and he had NO answer. I do know what I'm talking about. But my religion isn't Tea Party Republican either.
Suzanne October 08, 2012 at 11:08 PM
He lets kill the Unions! We don't need weekends or child labor laws or work safety, or a decent wage. Who needs healthcare! When your limb gets ruined and you can't work, your family can starve. We are just animals, not real people. Only the Wealthy deserve an education. let's get those 7 year olds back in those mines. They're small! They fit in small spaces -- it's good for the economy. Not My economy. But, the Robber Barron's will do oh so well -- like they have in the last decade. We don't need no stinking Middle Classes! We need uber wealthy people who have different rules than us, like those guys on Wall Street that tanked our economy and still get million dollar bonuses! LMAO! Short sighted, convenient memoried, bunch of ignorant lemmings, with no sense of history and an "I got mine!" sense of values. Subtle areas of complexity are beyond your mental capabilities. You know who you are. Can't argue a belief! I'm sure you think the President wasn't born in the USA as well! ugh! Why don't you move to the areas where you'll be happier -- like Missouri -- where Rape is either ligitamate or not, depending on some old man's point of view! Cheaper taxes for you and plenty of Right to Work jobs for you there.
Ross Revira October 08, 2012 at 11:22 PM
When rational thought can't win an argument act like Suzanne. Does Obamacare pay for a shrink?
Harold1968 October 09, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Jeff, On the contrary - What other people earn IS my business when I'm paying their salary with my taxes. It would be irresponsible of me as a taxpayer to show no interest in their compensation. Having my taxes increase at an obscene rate since I purchased my home has only increased my interest in where my taxes are going. If you can't take me seriously because I don't put my entire name on the internet then so be it. I don't necessarily understand the connection but ok. I doubt most other readers will do the same. You may not be aware of the security issues associated with the internet so I would suggest you research it. Can you vouch for everyone that reads these posts? There are many petty people in the world and a discussion like union "rights" tend to bring out their true colors. I would never subject myself to this class of person in my real life. If putting your full name on the internet makes your posts more valuable than mine then more power to you. I expect no additional responses to my posts since you no longer take me seriously. It has been a pleasure. Take care!
bruiser October 09, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Ross what part of Suzannes post is irrational,the way i see it and many others see it with out unions we go back to slave wages and no protections at all,and that is including my business as well.Sorry my friend she is right
Ross Revira October 09, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Bruisier your agreement with Suzanne's diatribe would be correct if this was 1935. Presently 7% of all private sector workers are unionized in America. If we are to believe her facts than 93% who work are paid minimum wage and enslaved. Bruiser you give too much credit to unions for your success today. They did bring upward mobility to the masses in the past but they have abused that power for over a generation. Just look at the steel and auto industry where bankruptcies have been directly attributed to their unions demands.
GC October 09, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Ross and Harold are right on the money. Unions once had a place and a very important role to play. Today they have become nothing more than a political construct that exploit the tax payer, the consumer and its members. Yes Jeff, not every union member is as ardent a supporter of their union as you, and I’m certain none would ever dare voice their opinion as such to you; directly or indirectly. Harold is accurate about you being in the “1%” (actually you’re more likely in the top 5%), here’s how: You have stated numerous times that you earned your pension of 80K per annum. So how does that put you in the top 5%? To use simple numbers, if you worked 20 years (making 80K a year) then receive a pension for the next 40 years of 80K a year; that pension translates in an average of 160K a year over the 20 years you worked. Add that to an 80K salary and you have annual earnings (as you would say) of $240,000 per year. In 2009 the top 1% had an AGI > $343,927 and the top 5% > $154,643. That puts you comfortably in the middle of the top 1-5%. Without knowing what your actual annual salary was, maybe you did break into the top 1%; congratulations! You see the deferred compensation that a pension offers is the mother of all tax-scams because you avoid being taxed in the upper income bracket where you belong. So yes, in so many ways, the public sector unions do exploit the taxpayer.
Billy October 09, 2012 at 02:24 PM
So let me get this straight, George Latimer is bankrolled by the NYS Teachers Union and he voted against the tax cap? What's so surprising about that? I'm contstantly baraged with emails from Gov. Cuomo telling me how good the tax cap is, but our Assemblyman voted against it? And then the issue of unfunded mandates comes up and Gov. Cuomo manages to put together a bill to reform the pension system and George Latimer skipped the vote? Unless you're in the teacher's union, I don't see why anyone would vote for George Latimer, he won't think twice about voting to raise your taxes. You can count on that.
Harold1968 October 09, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Most NY taxpayers are too busy just trying to get by to understand our public sector employee fiasco. Every year taxpayers simply moan about their high taxes and the write the check....and that's exactly what the unions want. We need to educate taxpayers by any means possible. They need to understand they pay the highest taxes in the COUNTRY. They need to understand that all they get for their taxes is a privileged class of public sector employees. This privileged class retires in their 40's and 50's while the average taxpayer retires in their late 60's. The privileged class has total annual compensation that is TWICE that of the average taxpayer. They have guaranteed job security and annual raises while the average taxpayer has had pay cuts. They will retire with generous, guaranteed pensions and free health coverage while the average taxpayer gets squat. If this isn't the definition of a privileged class then I don't know what is. I ask the average taxpayer - Are you OK with these terms?? We need to think big about reform or else there is no chance of it ever happening. End the Triborough Amendment, change the NYS Constitution that guarantees pensions, end STEP raises for teachers, switch all public sector employees to 401K plans, have public sector employees and retirees pay what the average taxpayer pays for health coverage. We need to call it the Taxpayer Fairness Plan and get it done. Taxpayers outnumber union members 3-1. Let's make it known to our representatives.
Billy October 09, 2012 at 04:03 PM
George Latimer is OK with these terms, well actuallyhe doesn't think these terms are generous enough & that our teachers are underpaid. You can afford to pay even higher school taxes can't you?
bruiser October 09, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Ross i know better than you it is not 1935,but i am old enough to remember when unions were just starting to take hold.I remember when my parents and grand parents were working at standard brands,and sorry to inform every body that job was dangerous my friend and remember the stories they told about walking around like zombies because they were dead on their feet,that is what i remember. It was not until the threat of unionization until the safe practices were implemented,you or nobody else can ever tell me corporations will not rip the American workers off if they are given the chance because they will,history shows it.
bruiser October 09, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Ross the best way for me to sum up how i feel is,as long as there are unions and strong ones the people are the winners, corporations are ruthless my friend and the threat of unions is what keeps them honest and if you get rid of them what is to stop them from becoming ruthless again.
Harold1968 October 09, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Bruiser, 93.1% of private sector workers don't work for unions.....and the overwhelming majority of the 93.1% aren't making minimum wage. So I don't think your theory of unions keeping greedy corporations from making everyone minimum wage slaves holds much water. The corporate world is based on the supply and demand of talent.
bruiser October 09, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Harold i travel all over this country, and everywhere i go and every body i deliver to say the same thing(they do not want union people they are afraid of having to pay a higher wage to people.) If you think for for a NY minute that corporations are not frothing at the mouth you are sadly mistaken.

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