Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to a letter written by Mary Jane Killian’s letter (“These Candidates Will Keep Taxes Low”).
I know Mary Jane Kilian is a well-established political operative of the Yorktown Democratic Committee. However, when she attempted to suggest that her far-left candidates were better positioned to lower our property taxes I couldn’t help but chuckle. It’s probably one of the more absurd propositions I’ve read recently. So, let’s lay out the facts.
It was our ultra-left state senator, Peter Harckham, who she so admires who voted for a budget that threatens to slash upwards of 20 percent of all state aid to our schools (S7503C). He also voted to discontinue and END the property tax relief program (remember when we used to get that extra check in the mail when district’s stayed within the cap?) (S7503C). He voted to siphon away sales tax money from county governments to fill state budget gaps (S7506B). It was he who, in the middle of a pandemic, supported a budget that cut $17 million in state aid to county health departments (A9503C). He also introduced a bill to cut ALL state aid to any school district that has a mascot that has a race or ethnicity based name (S8708). He is a co-sponsor of the Single Payer Health Bill (A5248/S3577) that would literally make private health plans illegal. It would strip existing public and private health plans from people who like their insurance (including seniors on Medicare and union workers who gave up raises to secure their health benefits) and force them on a new, untested, costly, government managed and taxpayer funded plan. This proposal costs more than the entire $180 billion state budget. It’s so bad that even Gov. Cuomo is on record opposing it during his gubernatorial debate against Cynthia Nixon. Peter Harckham supports this radical proposal so much that he even co-sponsored the bill!
As county executive, Rob Astorino held the line on property taxes, delivering on his promises when others failed. Our state Assemblyman Kevin Byrne has also consistently championed policies to lower state and local property taxes, returning our money to either go directly into our pockets or serve as property tax relief through assisting our schools and other local infrastructure needs—and to keep the names of mascots that have been mascots for many years.
This is why this senior couple will most assuredly support Rob Astorino and Kevin Byrne this November so that we can continue to live in Yorktown.