Dozens of Long Islanders rallied yesterday, calling on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislators not to give a planned tax break of about $5 billion to the state’s wealthiest residents by letting the state’s so-called “millionaire tax” expire.
The rally, led by labor and community group leaders, was one of many around the state under the banner of 99 New York; the group’s representatives say the wealthy are the state’s 1 percent, while the middle class and the poor are its 99 percent.
“To fund this massive tax break for the wealthy, New York State has [among other things] slashed education funding by $1.3 billion this year,” said Lisa Tyson, the head of the Long Island Progressive Coalition that spearheaded the gathering outside the headquarters of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East on Duffy Street.
The “millionaire tax" actually kicks in for some people making a little over $200,000 and was supposed to be in effect for two years, ending this December.
Above: Lisa Tyson and other community and union leaders rally on Tuesday in Hicksville against a state legislative proposal to give tax break to millionaires.