David Bastian, a member of the LBTOUNY legislative committee, urges New York operators to reach out to their local Assembly legislators to support ending the tax.
NEW YORK — With the New York State Senate passing a 2014 budget resolution last week to revoke the sales tax on black car and limousine services, industry associations are now putting pressure on a the state Assembly to also repeal the tax.
During a conference call Tuesday, members of the Limousine Bus Taxi Operators of Upstate New York (LBTOUNY), the Long Island Limousine Association (LILA), Limousine Associations of New Jersey (LANJ), and other interested statewide groups and individual operators, discussed strategy to mount pressure on the Assembly to kill the tax.
David Bastian, a member of the LBTOUNY legislative committee, urged those present to reach out to their local Assembly legislators to support ending the tax, and also to drum-up support from association members, drivers, and all interested parties to lobby for the repeal.
Indicating the Governor Andrew Cuomo is open to examining the merits of striking down the sales tax, and following the senate victory, Bastian said it is urgent that pressure be mounted on the Assembly as time is running out before the budget is finalized and submitted to the governor
“We need to make visits, phone calls, write letters and emails to local Assemble members to support us,” said Bastian. We need to make the Assembly aware how this tax negatively impacts our industry.”
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—Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast Editor