June 4, 2008
This blog is devoted to helping end the discriminatory cigarette tax policies adopted by the state and city of New York. Smokers in New York comprise between 20 to 30 percent of the voting population – use that vote to pressure elected leaders to revoke all recent tax increases on tobacco products.
New York state and city taxes now total $4.25 a pack. The price of a pack of cigarettes in New York City now approaches $9, far more than anywhere else in the nation, and the officials we elected to office are the ones responsible for this nonsense. Hold them accountable for their votes. Write your state senators and assemblymembers – make them aware that their political careers are in jeopardy if they continue to vote for tax policies that blatantly discriminate against thousands of their own constituents. A sample letter is provided below. An email to your representative will only take a minute of your time.
Really want to make a difference? Refer to the “How to Unseat Your State Assemblymember or Senator” page over to the right. Keep those cards circulating – they cost practically nothing to make.
Oh, and tell your friends about this site. The more people involved, the better.
New York State Assembly
Speaker: Assemblymember Sheldon Silver (D)
District Office: 250 Broadway, Ste 2307, New York, New York 10007
Assembly Office: LOB 932, Albany, New York 12248
Minority Leader: Assemblymember James Tedisco (R)
District Office: 12 Jay Street, Schenectady, New York 12305
Albany Office: LOB 933, Albany, New York 12248
Find your assembly district representative here:
New York State Senate:
Majority Leader: Senator Joseph Bruno (R) (not seeking reelection)
District Office: 368 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
Albany Office: LOB 909, Albany, New York 12247
Minority Leader: Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D)
District Office: 205-19 Linden Boulevard, St. Albans, New York 11412
Albany Office: LOB 907, Albany, New York 12247
Minority Leader’s Office: 250 Broadway, Ste. 1930, New York, New York 10007
Find your state senator here:
As a taxpayer and a voter, I am outraged at the inequitable and wholly unjustified level of taxation that is being levied against smokers in the state of New York. A significant minority of law-abiding citizens is being singled out and punished by its own government for engaging in behavior that is legal and no more damaging to individuals or society than any number of similar adult behaviors that escape nearly all government sanction. This is totally unacceptable to me.
I urge you and your colleagues to repeal the recent tax laws directed at a minority of this state’s population (a minority that comprises a significant block of voters, I should remind you), and to categorically reject any future legislative proposals that call for an increase in tobacco taxes.