North Greenbush Democrats

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Fiacco Silent on GOP Taxes and Fees

Fiacco Silent on GOP Taxes and Fees

Leon Fiacco’s recent letter to the editors of two local publications states his opposition to proposed taxes and fees in NY State when Democrats propose them. However, Mr. Fiacco never states any opposition to taxes, fees and pay raises when proposed by his Republican benefactors in Rensselaer County.

Never a word of opposition when it comes to the more than 90% increase in property taxes since the Republican Party has controlled the County Legislature. Nor a single word of protest over a GOP sponsored 33% increase in the sales tax, a cell phone tax, higher mortgage taxes or even the county executive’s inclusion of a million dollars in proposed new fees which “balance” our current 2009 county budget.

Mr. Fiacco has said nothing about the post election pay raises sponsored by his GOP running mates in the last county election who carefully announced the raises, AFTER, the election was safely tucked away. He was also silent about Democratic sponsored Charter reforms that would prevent future legislatures from pulling the same stunt again. Those raises of $5,000 for each legislator made our part time legislature the highest paid in the region.

The public should know the reason Mr. Fiacco does not criticize Republican spending practices and that rests in his desire to again run with the Rensselaer County GOP for a seat on the County Legislature where he and future running mate Lou Desso, can support big spending practices including a single legislative staffer now making over $90,000 a year to among other things, write letters for people like Mr. Fiacco to “sway” public opinion. No, you won’t hear any criticism of this high priced staffer either because Mr. Fiacco and his running mates this year will be needing all that copy to get their chance at a county paycheck.

Finally consider the sense of fiscal responsibility both Fiacco and Desso have demonstrated in North Greenbush. They supported a redo of the paid for and completed town Comprehensive Plan with a no bid contract. More than a year later, it’s still unadopted and developers, like Mr. Fiacco, continue to have free reign in our town. Actions speak louder than words.

Dan Ashley
Chairman NG Democratic Committee