Senate Republican candidate Sean Hanna is tying his Democratic foe Ted O’Brien to the opposition of the state teacher’s union to the property-tax cap.
NYSUT president Richard Iannuzzi said last week that the union will sue to try to stop the property-tax cap. O’Brien is endorsed by NYSUT, and the union yesterday starting running an attack ad against Hanna.
Hanna has supported the property-tax cap as an assemblyman, while O’Brien has touted his efforts to limit taxes in Monroe County as a county legislator.
“It is appalling that Ted O’Brien’s biggest supporter is now threatening legal action to eliminate this essential protection for taxpayers,” Hanna said in a statement released by the county GOP.
“On an issue this important, words are not enough. Mr. O’Brien must not only state unequivocally that he supports the property tax cap, but that he rejects the support and funding of any group opposing it.”
Property taxes are proving to be a big issue of the campaign for the state Legislature. Monroe County last year ranked second in the nation—that’s right, in the nation—for the highest amount of property taxes compared to home values, according to the Tax Foundation, the Washington D.C.-based group.
Updated: Here’s the response from O’Brien in a statement.
“I’m proud of my record of voting against every property tax increase that’s come across my desk in the Monroe County Legislature. Sean Hanna voted for the largest property tax increase in Monroe County history. Property taxes are driving too many New York families out of state and I’m committed to protecting the middle class. No amount of misdirection can change our records – I’ve fought to protect middle class taxpayers while my opponent is more interested in protecting tax breaks for corporations outsourcing Monroe and Ontario county jobs overseas.”