For Immediate Release:
August 1, 2016
Suozzi Announces “Fix Washington”
Thousands of voters’ support effort to Fix Washington and 'get things done' for the people of Long Island and Queens
Martins and national Republicans are "hypocrites." They attack Suozzi even though Martins raised taxes 31% and raised his salary 61%
Glen Cove, NY – The Suozzi for Congress campaign, on Tuesday, August 2nd, will submit thousands of signatures gathered across Long Island and Queens to create Tom Suozzi’s independent “Fix Washington” ballot line. The campaign collected signatures throughout the district from voters who are fed up with politicians that place party politics and extreme agendas ahead of serving the needs of their constituents.
“Voters from across the political spectrum are sending a resounding message that something is seriously wrong in our nation’s capital,” said Suozzi. “People have had enough of the finger-pointing, the name-calling and the attacks that candidates lodge at their opponents just to win a campaigns. It has left our government ineffective and unresponsive. The people are crying out for candidates who will discuss the serious issues we face and get things done!"
Suozzi called out his opponent, Jack Martins and the national Republicans for attacking Suozzi for raising taxes as Nassau County Executive, while ignoring the fact that Martins raised taxes 6 times by a total of 31%, and voted himself a 61% pay raise as the Mayor of Mineola.
"Jack Martins and the national Republicans are hypocrites. They have sent four press releases over the last three weeks. They each attack me for raising taxes, when their own candidate has done the exact same thing," remarked Suozzi. "It's the height of hypocrisy and it's this kind of shady campaigning that will make Fix Washington a rousing success.
"Maybe Jack Martins used these kinds of tactics in Albany but it just goes to show that you can't send someone made in Albany to Fix Washington," continued Suozzi.
Suozzi has a proven record of going up against the status quo with big ideas to garner structural change for the people. He did it with his Fix Albany campaign and his fight for a property tax cap. He will take that same passion to Congress to fix Washington and work for solutions to the most serious problems facing middle class families, seniors and veterans.
In New York State, a candidate can create their own line on the ballot if they gather 3500 valid signatures of a registered voter of any political party who has not already signed a petition during the 2016 election cycle in the 3rd congressional district, and submits them to the NYS Board of Elections by COB on August 2, 2016.
The 3rd Congressional District covers northern portions of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Steve Israel, who announced his retirement from Congress earlier this year. The election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
CLAIM: Jack Martins raised taxes six times, total 31% increase, as Mayor of Mineola
Passed The 2003-2004 Mineola Budget, Which Had A 13.8 Percent Tax Increase
“The Village of Mineola has a budget for the 2003-2004 fiscal year as Mayor Jack M. Martins and trustees Larry Werther and Steve Franzini passed it with a 3-2 majority. The two negative votes came from trustees Lou Santosus and Linda Fairgrieve. The budget represents a 13.8 percent tax increase over last year’s budget. Mayor Martins said he is proud of the document and stands behind it.” [Mineola American, 5/09/03]
Passed The 2004-2005 Mineola Budget, Which Had A 6.8 Percent Tax Increase
“When Mayor Martins presented the tentative 2004-2005 budget to the public on April 14, it called for a 7.9 percent tax increase, 3.8 of which was due to the estimated mandated increase in the state pension fund, with the village preparing for the worst case scenario. However, on Friday, Mayor Martins proposed cutting the tax increase down to 6.8 percent. … The village board then approved a budget for the 2004-2005 fiscal year that calls for a 6.8 percent tax increase.” [Mineola American, 5/07/04]
Passed The 2005-2006 Mineola Budget, Which Had An 8.9 Percent Tax Increase
“Last Thursday, the Village of Mineola board of trustees passed a budget for the 2005-2006 fiscal year. The budget, which will be in effect from June 1, 2005 to May 31, 2006, represents an 8.9 percent tax increase over the 2004-2005 budget.” [Mineola American, 5/06/05]
Passed The 2006-2007 Mineola Budget, Which Had A 3.85 Percent Tax Increase
“The Village of Mineola has a budget for the fiscal year 2006-2007, which will go into effect from June 1, 2006 to May 31, 2007. The budget was passed by Mayor Jack M. Martins, Deputy Mayor Larry Werther and Trustee John DaVanzo. Trustees Linda Fairgrieve and Paul Cusato chose to abstain on the vote. The 2006-2007 budget calls for $17,175,129 expenses of which $11,695,342 will be raised by real estate taxes. Village taxpayers will see a 3.85 percent tax increase.” [Mineola American, 5/05/06]
Passed The 2008-2009 Mineola Budget, Which Had A 1.6 Percent Tax Increase
“The Mineola Board of Trustees passed an $18,326,099 spending plan for the 2008-2009 fiscal year, which begins on June 1 and ends May 3, 2009. Residents will see a 1.6 percent tax increase over the 2007-2008 budget, which amounts to approximately $18 per average household in Mineola for the year. Mayor Jack M. Martins, Deputy Mayor Larry Werther and Trustees Tom Kennedy and Paul Pereira feel the budget is fiscally responsible. Mayor Martins said that nobody wants to see a tax increase, but the budget maintains all the village’s current services while ensuring the village stays on solid financial footing.” [Mineola American, 4/25/08]
Passed The 2009-2010 Mineola Budget, Which Had A 2.15 Percent Tax Increase For Residential Properties And A 3.06 Percent Increase For Commercial Properties
“The Mineola Village Board of Trustees passed an operating budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, which begins June 1 and ends May 31, 2010. The $23,385,918 spending plan calls for a 2.15 percent tax increase for residential properties and a 3.06 percent tax increase for commercial properties on the village portion of tax bills. Mayor Jack M. Martins, Deputy Mayor Larry Werther and Trustees Tom Kennedy and Paul Pereira passed the budget with a 4-1 majority while Trustee Paul Cusato voted against the budget.” [Mineola American, 4/17/09]
Did Not Deny That He Raised Taxes 31 Percent As Mayor Of Mineola
During a press conference in 2010, Martins did not deny an accusation he raised taxes 31% as Mayor of Mineola. Martins said, “If you look at my record in Mineola, and you go back over the eight years I have been mayor. Craig Johnson has accused me of raising taxes 31% here in Mineola. And, if you know what, if you take that 31% and divide it by 8, it is less than the 4% cap he just voted for each and every year.” [Jack Martins “Truth” Conference, YouTube, 7:20, 10/08/10]
CLAIM: Jack Martins raised his own salary 61% in 2009
“Mayor Jack M. Martins, Deputy Mayor Larry Werther and Trustees Tom Kennedy and Paul Pereira passed the budget with a 4-1 majority while Trustee Paul Cusato voted against the budget. Cusato complimented the mayor on the budget, but a subject of contention was salary increases for the mayor and the trustees. The budget called for raising the mayor’s salary from $18,000 to $29,000, a 61 percent increase, and the trustees’ salaries from $9,000 to $14,500, a 61 percent increase.” [Mineola American, 4/17/09