Tying Property Tax to Patriotism in Long Island Senate Race

Here’s a mailer in which Barbara Donno, the Republican challenging Democratic State Senator Craig Johnson, accuses Johnson of voting against a property tax break for veterans.

His supporters, however, say it’s inaccurate.

The Albany Project quotes Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman, a veteran, saying, "[D]espite what this mailing says, at no time did Craig Johnson, or any other elected official, deny a tax cut to veterans."

His statement goes on, "Rather, in the vote referenced in the mailing, the County Legislature preserved an existing tax deduction at its existing levels. Any other action would have either raised taxes for veterans or cost all Nassau taxpayers an additional $17.7 million at the time when the county faced insolvency. Craig Johnson’s vote on this matter was fiscally responsible and supported by the Nassau County Office of Veterans Affairs and many veterans groups throughout Nassau."

Tying Property Tax to Patriotism in Long Island Senate Race