Local politicians call for the end to MTA payroll tax

Local leaders are demanding an end to the MTA payroll tax, saying local residents and businesses are already burdened with enough taxes.

The payroll tax funds the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which includes local train service, but also subways and bridges in New York City. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino called the tax unfair and destructive, and added legislation has been introduced that would eliminate the MTA payroll tax from five Hudson Valley counties and two counties on Long Island.

State Sen. Greg Ball (R-NY) also called on the MTA to undergo a complete accounting audit, despite opponents and the MTA saying the undertaking would be too expensive.

A spokesperson from the MTA would not comment on the payroll tax or the proposed legislation.

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