• Petitioned New York Governor

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New York Governor
New York State House
New York State Senate
New York-064
State Rep. Nicole Malliotakis

Extend the Personal Income Tax Surcharge (PITS) to Wealthy New Yorkers!

    1. Petition by

      Queens Community House

Queens Community House asks YOU to ask your elected officials to Extend PITS!

Our  Response to Budget Cuts


 When the stakes of letting Wall Street fall were too high, we the taxpayers bailed them out.  Lower Manhattan has since bounced back and the companies that gambled with our pensions and our mortgages are once again making a windfall in profits.  Meanwhile, the folks on Queens Boulevard are still struggling.  Jobs have not rebounded.  Rent prices are still astronomical.  Foreclosure signs speckle our streets.  Classrooms are filled to the brim. Tuitions at public universities have soared.  Senior centers have been shuttered. 

 What's at stake if we let our neighborhoods decline?  Children will be left home alone after school instead of learning in a supervised environment.  Teens will lose out on the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience through Summer Youth Employment.  Immigrants desperate to learn English will be turned away in droves.  Families battling eviction will end up in shelters or on the street. Seniors will face isolation and a loss of nutritious affordable lunches at their local senior centers.  Is this the kind of society we want?

 44% of New York City's wealth is in the hands of the top 1% of income earners and yet they only contribute 1/3 of the tax base.  Our representatives in Washington, Albany and City Hall are asking us to sacrifice.  But our neighbors have been sacrificing for years, and continue to do so through increased prices, wage freezes, MTA hikes and various user taxes. We believe the wealthiest New Yorkers should pay their fair share through the extension of New York State's Personal Income Tax Surcharge along with the New York City Council's Progressive Caucus's Temporary Income Tax Surcharge.  By implementing these modest revenue generating measures, we can begin to reap the dividends of our investment in the financial industries' solvency and keep us from regressing into a society that can't look out for its own members. 






Recent signatures


    1. Reached 200 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Eliouse Wesley BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I think it's OUTRAGEOUS at how the government is so willing to help the rich and so eager to allow the rest of us to pay for everything. I guess the rich look at it that they don't need the services the rest of us do, or can afford them so why should they pay for someone else?

    • Megan Ahearn NY, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Education--from pre-K to college--is getting cut, the MTA's budget is threatening service cuts and fare increases year after year, and gas prices are some of the highest ever. It's getting harder and harder for the typical New Yorker to get by. The wealthiest should pay their fair share by extending the NYS Personal Income Tax and NYC Council's Temp Income Tax Surcharges.

    • Wilbur Araujo BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Please extend NYS's Personal Income Tax Surcharge so funding will not be cut for our vital community service programs.

    • Sharon Banks FLUSHING, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I hope we never get to the point where City services have so deteriorated and the quality of life for so many thousands of New Yorks is so compromised that the only thing we can wonder is "Oh, Lord .... what have we done?"

    • Marwa Amer ASTORIA, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I think it is unconscionable 44% of New York City's wealth is in the hands of the top 1% of income earners in the state. As a city employee, I demand that the wealthiest in New York pay their fair share during these tough economic times.


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