This particular mailer targets Long Island Republican Kemp Hannon because, in voting against the budget, he voted against funding for police officers, education, and the continuation of the STAR tax-exemption program.
The Republicans, throughout the budget process, attacked the lack of transparency and opposed the final product because it included tax increases on high-income earners and—though it maintained the STAR exemption—the STAR rebate was repealed.
The budget was criticized for its level of spending in an economic downturn, and a poll showed a majority of voters were dissatisfied with it. It’s likely that Republicans will try to use the budget against Democratic candidates, especially those in the State Senate, where the party has a very small margin.
So the Democrats struck first with this mailer. Shams Tarek, a DSCC spokesman, said the mailer will be going out to districts around the state this week.
John McArdle, a spokesman for the Senate Republicans, said the mailer “distorts the facts.”