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Legislative District 01

Posted on: April 11, 2022

Democratic Caucus: It’s About Time County Executive Blakeman Got on Board with Plan to Cut Gas Tax

(MINEOLA, N.Y.) - Nassau County Legislature Minority Leader Kevan M. Abrahams (D – Freeport) and his Minority Caucus colleagues today said that a victory for consumers is on the horizon in the monthlong battle to cut gas taxes for Nassau County motorists.

At 9:42 a.m. on Monday, April 11, the Minority Caucus filed local legislation that would permit the County to make any portion of Nassau gas prices exceeding $2/gallon tax-free through March 1, 2023. When paired with the State’s suspension of gasoline sales tax through the end of the year, consumers stand to save a total 25 cents per gallon and hundreds of dollars for the duration of the gas holidays.

After the Minority Caucus announced the proposal on March 9, 2022, published reports indicated that County Executive Blakeman and his Republican colleagues “didn’t seem to be on board.” Subsequently, they dragged their feet for weeks while residents continued to suffer from sticker shock at the pump.

Finally, approximately two hours after the Minority Caucus filed its legislation this morning, County Executive Blakeman and the Republican Majority announced, at long last, that they would be at long last following the lead of the Minority Caucus.

“Try as they might, County Executive Blakeman can’t hide behind irrelevant big-oil talking points because it is clear that the Minority Caucus has taken the lead on fighting to cut gas taxes for Nassau County consumers,” Minority Leader Abrahams said. “We are delighted that the County Executive and our colleagues in the Majority have finally seen the light and gotten on board with our simple, straightforward plan to deliver real and immediate relief to residents when they need it the most.”

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