Home tax deduction defended by Schumer
ROCKVILLE CENTRE – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer visited a Rockville Centre family Thursday morning as he called for New York representatives to vote against a GOP tax bill that would eliminate state and local tax deductions for homeowners.
Though the final bill is still under discussion, eliminating the deduction is a real possibility.
At a news conference at the home of Maureen and Jeff Orosz, a Rockville Centre family that he said depends on the mortgage deduction, Schumer urged all New York representatives to vote against any bill that excludes propertytax deductions. “It’s a punch in the gut to middle-class families across New York,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said. “It’s not good enough for representatives to say, ‘I’m against it.’ You can’t vote for any bill that has it.”
Schumer said he’s in favor of reform, but not tax breaks for the rich and measures that hurt the middle class. He said the bill would hit Long Island hardest among regions in New York State, costing 47 percent of Long Islanders an average tax deduction of $19,886. “I’ve told the president three times if he doesn’t undo this tax reform it will fail. There won’t be enough votes, so maybe it’s sinking in.