“The Overtaxed Residents of Yonkers Need Tax Relief, Not to Give Their Elected Councilmember A Free Ride Around the City”
YONKERS, NY – Joe Crotty, Republican candidate for Yonkers’ 5th Council district stated today that he will refuse a taxpayer funded car if elected to the Yonkers City Council and has called on all candidates seeking election for that City Council seat to state the same.
“There is no way any serious candidate for the 5th Council District can claim to be in touch with the voters of East Yonkers and plan to take such an unnecessary perk like a car fueled with taxpayer dollars,” Crotty said adding: “The overtaxed residents of Yonkers need tax relief, not to give their elected Councilmember a free ride around the city.”
“Believe me, as I’ve been walking around this district and meeting scores of voters it is clear how large this district is. That being said, I can and will gladly jump in my own car to respond to the needs of the people of East Yonkers. Having a Councilmember in the 5th that steers clear of the city’s car garage is a tradition worth maintaining,” Crotty said, referring to Yonkers Minority Leader John Murtagh who swore off a taxpayer financed vehicle during his 8-years tenure.
"Yonkers needs to analyze its expenditures and cut out the unnecessary spending. I don’t feel that taxpayers should pay for my vehicle, when they have been facing—and expressing to me—an increased level of financial anxiety. If elected to the Council, I will work hard to root out this type of spending so residents can not only keep more money in their wallets, but begin to feel that those that serve them do so without selfishly reaching for the trimmings and trappings of elected office. “
Joe Crotty is a lifelong resident of Yonkers who understands that East Yonkers needs to become more affordable, so seniors and young families can continue to stay. This week Mr. Crotty will be submitting well above the requisite number of petition signatures needed to qualify for the September 13th Republican primary election.
"I know that cutting my car will save the city only a small amount of money, but those small savings can add up. I think taxpayers are tired of hearing that some smaller savings aren’t worth pursuing—especially when they increasingly feel a few dollars here and there are the difference between just squeezing by or having to dip into their savings,” Crotty said.
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