For Immediate Release: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 Please Contact: Linna Loangkote | email@example.com | (626) 758-7712
Republican Mayor James Schoenig Endorses Democrat Justin Wagner Against Senator Greg Ball, Leads Republicans for Wagner
Wagner Pledges Support for Local Government Pension Cost Cap Bill Cosponsored by Assemblyman Steve Katz
Brewster, NY – Mayor James Schoenig (R-Brewster) led a group of Republican community leaders today who announced their support for State Senate challenger Justin Wagner against incumbent Republican Senator Greg Ball in Brewster.
“There is only one candidate in this race we can trust to partner honestly and productively with the towns and villages of the 40th Senate District and deliver results for our communities, and his name is Justin Wagner,” said Mayor Schoenig. “Senator Greg Ball has built a six-year record of extremism, personal attacks, and political opportunism – and none of that has helped our communities. When it comes to fighting for mandate relief to help us lower local property taxes, and speaking up for our region in Albany, we trust Justin Wagner to partner with us and get it done.”
Mayor Schoenig was joined by a large group of Republican community leaders and Wagner supporters, including Village Planning Board Vice Chair Rick Stockburger, and former Ossining Receiver of Taxes Barbara Bates, and other local Republicans.
“I’m humbled to have the support of Mayor Schoenig and his fellow community leaders,” said Justin Wagner. “Our communities need a representative focused on results – starting with mandate relief to help our local governments lower property taxes. I pledge to work openly, honestly, and as effectively as I can to support our local government leaders and deliver results.”
Wagner pointed to A. 8505, legislation to cap local pension costs, as a key area of agreement he shares with many local Republican officials. “Every local elected official will tell you that state-mandated pension costs are killing our local towns, villages, and schools, forcing property tax hikes and painful cuts,” said Mayor Schoenig. “My commonsense proposal would cap increases in local pension costs and force the state to pay for cost spikes, instead of forcing those costs onto property taxpayers,” Wagner explained.
Local Republican Assemblyman Steve Katz cosponsors A. 8505 in the Assembly, where it enjoys bipartisan support, but the bill has not been introduced in the Senate. At today’s press conference, Wagner pledged to carry the bill and partner with both Republicans and Democrats to fight for its passage if elected.
Justin Wagner is running to represent the Hudson Valley’s 40th Senate District in the New York State Senate. He is an attorney raising his family in Croton-on-Hudson. The 40th District, which includes portions of northern Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, is one of the most competitive in the state, with first-term Senator Greg Ball winning just 51 percent of the vote in 2010.
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