February 5th, 2014
John Tkazyik Declares Candidacy for Senate
Mayor John Thazyik declares candidacy for Senate.
WAPPINGER - Declaring “I am not afraid to say ‘no,’ Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik today announced his candidacy in front of 200 supporters, adding “I will never be afraid to speak my mind. I will never be afraid to lead.”
Tkazyik decried the economic condition of New York, and blamed the financial struggles facing many cities, towns and counties in New York to the refusal of Albany politicians to discipline state spending, the taxes burden and unfunded mandates handed to local governments.
“New York has the worst business climate in the nation,” said Tkazyik. “The tax burden is 60% above the national average. We have the second highest state and local tax burden in the country. During the last decade more than 3 million people have fled our state. As jobs and businesses flee, cash strapped taxpayers are going with them.”
Tkazyik added, “More than 60% of what any city, county or town spends is mandated by Albany. We are treated like some cash cow, as Albany politicians dream up new programs, take credit for doing great things, then slip the bill to local governments and their property taxpayers.”
“Sometimes you have to be willing to say no. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again, for sometimes you must sail against the wind to navigate the storm. I did that as Mayor. I’ll do that as your Senator,” said Tkazyik.