Written by Robert N. Pemberton, Sr. Friday, 27 November 2009 00:00
Marie Coyle’s scrutiny of both me and Assemblyman Lavine on the subject of the unpopular quarterly MTA Payroll Tax he supported and voted for is not only commendable, but is also objective. I find no fault with her criticism of me. The dialog she describes as having had with Assemblyman Lavine is enlightening. I believe her veracity to be accurate. All of this is an indicator of her interest in, and knowledge of the pulse of our local business community.
It is gratifying to learn she is also vehemently opposed to the extremely regressive MTA Tax and that she has made this fact known to Assemblyman Lavine. Hopefully, more of your readers will do the same. His office is at 70 Glen Street and his phone number is 676-0050.
I encourage Ms. Coyle to continue interacting with Assemblyman Lavine in his office on this volatile matter. She and the Chamber of Commerce are spheres of influence in Glen Cove. Since he agrees that she and the Chamber have raised some valid issues it might be in his best interests to now take a positive step forward by sponsoring legislation to immediately rescind this unfair quarterly MTA Payroll Tax.
I’m not going to hold my breath that he will in fact do this, but I do want to bring to his attention that if he doesn’t do something “real quick like,” there is the possibility that the Nassau County election phenomenon of Nov. 3, 2009 might in turn not be too kind to his re-election success on Nov. 4, 2010.
Between now and then, because of the unpopular quarterly MTA Payroll Tax he supported, I anticipate, as each quarterly MTA Payroll Tax comes due, he will experience proportionately reduced campaign financing and an increasing groundswell of voter discontent. I’ll leave it to your readers to decide at the polls on Nov. 4, 2010 whether our Chuck Lavine is part of the Albany problem, or part of the Albany solution?
In closing, may I express my gratitude to Ms. Coyle for taking the time to contact your paper describing her feelings, interest and positive actions in this matter of mutual concern.