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Lazio signs a pledge not to raise taxes if elected guv

Former Rep. Rick Lazio (R-Brightwaters), who is running

Former Rep. Rick Lazio (R-Brightwaters), who is running for New York governor, speaks to the state Conservative Party in upstate Colonie. (Feb. 1, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday File / James T. Madore

Rick Lazio signed a symbolic pledge Wednesday not to raise taxes if he is elected governor.

Lazio gave no indication how the pledge would affect his fiscal policies as governor, but said it sends a message that he is serious about bringing the budget under control and creating an environment that generates jobs in New York State.

"This absolutely sends a message by giving my word as my bond that I am going to oppose any new tax increases. This state has been struggling for years because of the perpetual effort to raise taxes," Lazio said at a news conference in Mineola.

After he spoke, Lazio walked a few steps to a tripod bearing a large card that he signed.

It was signed by two witnesses: state Conservative Party leader Michael Long, whose party is supporting Lazio, and Nassau County Republican chairman Joseph Mondello.

Lazio said he was confident he would gain the Republican nomination and run for governor on the Republican and Conservative lines.


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