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C.D.4: DiNapoli endorses Rice as she unveils tax-relief plan

Democrat Kathleen Rice, who is running against Republican Bruce Blakeman for New York’s 4th Congressional District seat, received the endorsement of state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Wednesday as she unveiled a series of tax-relief proposals.

DiNapoli, a Democrat from Great Neck Plaza, said in a statement that Rice, who serves as Nassau district attorney, “has proven to be an effective prosecutor, a true asset in fighting corruption, fraud and abuse of the public trust.”

“I know Kathleen will continue to serve the people of Nassau well because she is a strong advocate with integrity and a keen ability to get things done, something we truly need in Washington,” DiNapoli said.

In a statement, Rice said if elected, she will “fight for tax relief for middle-class families and working people in my district.”

Rice’s plan calls for increasing the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit “so that parents can write off a greater amount of their child care expenses, and make the credit fully refundable so that more lower-income families are eligible to receive the credit.”

It also calls for increasing “the Earned Income Tax Credit for childless workers and expand eligibility to include workers ages 21-24, who are currently ineligible.”

Rice criticized her opponent, who previously served as presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature saying he “supports a Republican budget that would cut taxes for millionaires and raise taxes on middle-class families by an average of $2,000 a year.”

"When Bruce Blakeman had a chance to set middle-class tax policy, he raised our property taxes by nearly 10 percent,” Rice said. “When he had a chance to cut the county deficit, it soared to more than $200 million and our bond ratings were downgraded to near junk status. Bruce Blakeman can’t spend his life as a tax-raiser and deficit-grower and expect us to send him to Washington as a financial watchdog for the middle class.”

Blakeman campaign spokesman Matt Coleman said Blakeman "consistently voted to cut out-of-control taxes and spending."

“It’s sad that Kathleen Rice has to reach back almost twenty years while standing next to a longtime Albany-insider to attack Bruce's positive work for our middle class families and seniors,” Coleman wrote in an email. “Worse, Kathleen Rice refuses to detail what she'd do about creating Jobs and improving the Economy, whether or not she supports ObamaCare, her role as Co-Chair of the Moreland Commission that's under federal investigation or partake in any discussion on issues that will affect Nassau’s middle class families and seniors. Instead Kathleen Rice continues to change the subject."

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