News Release Mayor Warren and Area Leaders Urge Congress to Reject Tax Bill

City of Rochester

News Release

(Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren joined with a bipartisan group of area mayors and local leaders this afternoon to urge Congress to reject the regressive tax cut bill currently before them. Of particular concern is the proposed elimination of the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, which would mean the average New Yorker would see their taxes increase by an average of $4,250, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

“We are calling on our federal lawmakers to oppose this legislation and reject any tax cut plan that does not support local economic growth or provide support for working and middle class families,” Mayor Warren said. “This legislation will hurt Rochesterians, it will hurt New Yorkers, and it will hinder our efforts to create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and quality educational opportunities.”

Joining Mayor Warren to oppose the tax bill were: Ellen Polimeni, Mayor of Canandaigua; Bill Moehle, Supervisor of Brighton; Margay Blackman, Mayor of Brockport; Joseph Lee, Mayor of Hilton; Mark Falsone, Mayor of Bloomfield; Carol Nellis-Ewell, Deputy Mayor of Spencerport; Bob Corby, Mayor of the Village of Pittsford; and Fritz May, Mayor of the Village of Fairport.

Together, they represent New Yorkers from all walks of life, including – urban, suburban, rural, academia and other communities.

The mayors also denounced measures to remove other deductions, including those for healthcare costs, student-loan interest and affordable housing.

Mayor Warren commended New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, for leading the charge in opposition to the bill. She also thanked the New York State Conference of Mayors for organizing leaders across the state to speak up in opposition to the bill.

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