Lowey blasts “devastating impact” of GOP tax plan


WHITE PLAINS – Congresswoman
Nita Lowey (D, NY-17) Monday condemned the House Republican tax plan saying
it would have a devastating impact on middle-class Hudson Valley residents.

The vote is likely to take place on Thursday and the long-time lawmaker
plans on voting against it.

“To do a tax impact that is so devastating to people in the Hudson
Valley, in New York, in California, Chicago and many other places would
be devastating. It would be absolutely wrong and really a scam on the
American people,” she said.
The GOP plan would slash the state and local tax deduction, eliminate
the medical expense deduction and cut the current mortgage interest deduction
in half.

“The tax reform proposal currently in the House and Senate would
decrease home values, increase property and income taxes and put home
ownership out of reach for many Americans in New York and the rest of
the country,” said Dorothy Botsoe, president of the Hudson Gateway
Association of Realtors.

Ossining School Board member Frank Schnecker, vice president of the Westchester
Putnam School Boards Association, said the proposed changes to the federal
tax code “are a direct attack on local public education funding.”
He said if New Yorkers are no longer allowed to fully deduct their state
and local taxes from their income tax filings, “it will leave a
huge hole in their wallets.”

Spring Valley resident Ellen Belinsky, whose husband, Irwin, has Alzheimer’s,
said “losing the medical tax deduction would present a major hardship,
which would be exacerbated by the loss of state and local tax deductions.”