Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodsky yesterday released a report, The House That You Built ( PDF ), slamming the city on multiple grounds for its management of the Yankee Stadium deal, suggesting the willingness to grant tax-exempt bonds was based on an empty threat-a vague report, backed up without direct evidence, that the Yankees would leave the media capital of New York City for a stadium elsewhere. I did not know what to do. I kept getting phone calls from Chase,repeatedly on my work phone. She began to question associates who worked with me about what time I arrived and if I was on the phone. Officials across the state have argued for parity” between the downstate mass transit system and the rest of the State’s Department of Transportation. This is indicative of the problem wherein people see the MTA as a City issue and only thinks it serves the City, completely ignoring that the City and the surrounding region are the majority of the State in terms of population, and in terms of tax base.
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government published a report in 2010 about tax sources and spending in New York State. But, this 64.6% of population pays 72.5% of all the taxes received by New York State and gets only 57.7% of the state’s service expenditures. Both because of the significantly higher wages and the fact that the Personal Income Tax (PIT) is itself 43.4% of all taxes collected. As New York City residents are also citizens of the State, they may have to pay twice.
Aside from county of residence, the following excerpt shows that this data seriously undercounts the tax effect that New York City has on the state’s economy because of the number of people who work there but don’t live there. Even though the head of the MTA himself only asked the city for $300 million as a contribution a mere few months prior. Cuomo knew there was an immediate need to finance the capital plan, and sitting on a pile of money contributed a mere one-sixtieth of the amount needed.
As this and other plans are shot down, Cuomo seems intent to leave the system a bigger mess than it was when he first took office. Her tireless work on behalf of these organizations earned her a number of awards including the Champion Award from the American Liver Foundation. She then moved on to other pursuits, such as the book she and her husband wrote, Little Kids Big City.
Infrastructure improvements on one of the oldest mass transit systems in the world are vastly needed and instead of doing right for the plurality of his constituents and the driving engine of his tax base, Cuomo ignores the problem and forces the MTA to be in crisis every five years, incapable of making any true longterm plans. In addition to her entrepreneurial activities, Ramona is also involved in a number of charities. In addition to these businesses successes, Heather is also devoted to a number of charitable causes including the Kellner Family Pediatric Liver Disease Foundation, No Barriers, and the Tick Borne Disease Alliance.