The following press release is from Kim Izzarelli's campaign office:
DEAR SANDY, THANK YOU!
Galef clarifies she’s focused on reducing our tax burden, but hasn’t told us how she’ll vote on her pay raise
August 9, 2012 — The residents of the newly drawn 95th Assembly district should be applauding their career politician state assemblywoman. Yesterday, Galef clarified that her number one legislative priority is reducing our community’s tax burden.
“It only took two decades,” said fiscal conservative candidate Kim Izzarelli, a mother of two who spent fifteen years in the private financial sector. “Our middle class families are hurting, we’re losing young talent who can’t afford to stay in their home towns, and getting serious about this issue is long overdue. It took twenty years for a 2% property tax cap, which is only a start. After being the Real Property Tax Committee chairwoman for five years shouldn’t we expect some property tax relief, if this is her number one issue?”
In the month of July, Galef has had other priorities. She focused attention to higher boating regulation requirements, filmed her television program on opera singers, and supported loosening regulations on prescribed marijuana, creating another controlled substance at a time when controlled substance abuse has seen a significant rise in the lower Hudson Valley.
But what else should Sandy Galef clarify?
Galef responded almost immediately to try to defend her 33 year political career, but she hasn’t told us how she would vote if the legislature returns to a special session to increase their own pay—giving members a 25% hike to $100,000 annually for 66 days of work, and making them the highest paid legislators in the nation.
“During difficult economic times for our community it’s unfortunate that our elected representatives are focused on their own well-being, instead of that of their constituents,” Izzarelli said.
Kim has endorsed the proposed legislation of Assemblyman Steve Katz to reduce the number of days the Legislature is in session from sixty to thirty, with a reduction in legislators’ salaries to $35,000.