September 2, 2010
MIKE SPANO DOES FLIP-FLOP ON MTA ISSUE: Spano Voted for MTA ‘Bailout Tax’ but now plays Role of ‘Reformer’ in Election Year. Mike Ramondelli, the independent business man running for the 93 rd State Assembly seat on the Republican and “Cut My Taxes” lines, today criticized eighteen year incumbent Mike Spano for flip-flopping on the MTA issue and trying to mask his disastrous legislative record of raising taxes. “Mike Spano helped perpetuate dysfunction in the MTA by voting to increase taxes and provide additional funding for the mismanaged authority, despite revelations of waste, fraud and abuse. Now that he is on the campaign trail - and on the heels of a similar announcement by the Comptroller - he is calling for an audit of the MTA? This is nothing more than an attempt to help divert attention from the truth: Mike Spano has a failed record of standing up for taxpayers,” said Ramondelli. Ramondelli said the hypocrisy that exists in the matter is further exacerbated by the fact the he also voted for a budget this year that increases taxes, fees and fines on hardworking taxpayers by $1.4 billion, despite failing to rein-in excess government spending. “He isn’t fooling anybody. Mike Spano’s record speaks for itself and political grandstanding won’t help mask the fact that he is a fierce advocate of government waste. He has spent two decades serving as an Albany politician and a lobbyist and has delivered nothing to taxpayers except for heartache and grief. ” “Where was Mike Spano a year ago when his fellow Westchester Assemblyman Greg Ball was demanding an audit of the MTA?” Ramondelli asked, “The MTA payroll tax costs Hudson Valley taxpayers well over $150 million dollars a year, money that could be staying in our community creating jobs and helping struggling businesses and families.” Ramondelli, who was a teacher and built and sold several successful small businesses before deciding to make his run for office this year, said that while he fully supports auditing the MTA it is the election season hypocrisy of the incumbent Assemblyman that he was highlighting. “We need open, transparent and financially responsible state government 365 days a year, not just two months before Election Day” Ramondelli concluded.