Assemblyman Ed Ra joins Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Senator Jack Martins and other local officials during a press conference regarding the MTA Payroll Tax.
“For the past two years, I have been an outspoken critic of the payroll tax,” said Ra. “The tax is unnecessary and an excessive burden on businesses, organizations, and families across Long Island. This ruling is a major step toward reducing taxes and making New York more business-friendly. If we are truly dedicated to making New York open for business, there needs to be a dedicated effort to repeal oppressive taxes, like the MTA Payroll Tax, that are an overreaching burden on the backs of hardworking small-business owners.
Judge Cozzens’ decision did not direct the state to stop collecting the tax. Further action now lies with the New York State Court of Appeals, pending an appeal by the MTA. During the press conference, state and local officials jointly urged the MTA to forgo their appeal and, instead, work together to produce a more efficient agency.