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GOP victory lap, again, on repeal of Nassau energy tax

Republicans ended the tax on home energy in Nassau County, saving taxpayers some $40 million annually — not counting the taxpayer-funded mailings the GOP pols are doing to take credit.

Republican County Executive Edward Mangano signed the repeal moments after his swearing-in on New Year’s Day, and Republican fliers about the signing were in the mail within days.

However, the tax actually expired at the end of May, and Republicans sent out another mailing in recent days announcing that “The Home Energy Tax is History!” as of June 1st.
One bit of literature bends the truth by stating that the June 1st effective date of the repeal was, “The First Day Allowed by NY State Law.”

Mangano could have sought a waiver to end it sooner, but didn’t, and collected millions of dollars in the past six months that goes a long way in his battle to balance the budget.

According to Legis. Diane Yatauro, the Democratic minority leader, Mangano could have asked for a waiver in January that would have repealed the energy tax on March 1st.

“The bottom line is he could have requested a waiver to end the tax earlier but he chose not to,” Yatauro said.

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