Tyner "Walking for Governor" Reaches Albany Today!
Polls Show 4-1 Public Supports Millionaires Tax
ALBANY, NY (07/07/2010)(readMedia)-- Joel Tyner, a four-term Dutchess County Legislator (Rhinebeck/Clinton -http://www.DutchessDemocracy.blogspot.com), ended his 140 mile walk from Wall Street to Albany today. Mr. Tyner started his walk on June 26th at the NY Stock Exchange and has been walking every day since. Mr. Tyner left the Econolodge (110 Columbia Turnpike, Rennselear) at 10:00 am and walked to Albany across the bridge (following routes 9&20) to the Capital.
Mr. Tyner is "Walking for Governor" and is seeking to get enough petition signatures to challenge Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary for Governor. Mr. Tyner is alarmed by the more conservative type of agenda that Andrew Cuomo has been espousing, particularly on taxes. Mr. Cuomo is calling for property tax caps and has publicly refused to support a millionaires tax.
" I'm not walking 150 miles for my health," Tyner told a local reporter. "The fact of the matter is, I'm not running on a fringe position. I'm running on what most people want. If we're going to do something about taxes, rich people have to pay their fair share," he said.
Tyner is calling for an additional tax bracket for income earners making over $1 million per year (which would generate over $1 billion in revenue) and the partial reimplementation of a stock-transfer tax on Wall Street transactions to help NYS with its massive budget problems.
According to poll after poll the public agrees with Tyner that there should be a millionaire's tax and a Wall Street bonus tax.
Mr. Tyner believes that we need greater tax equity in the state and that the proposed property tax cap will provide struggling homeowners with no relief. Tyner supports a millionaire's tax and new regulations and taxes for Wall Street. He believes that we have been cutting the top rates for the wealthy in NYS for the past 30 years at the expense of the struggling working class which now bares the lion's share of the tax burden relative to their income. His message is particularly timely as the Democrats in the Senate have yet to pass a revenue bill to finish this years' late state budget.
Carrying a giant money bag that reads "$16 billion in tax breaks for Wall Street," a billboard that reads "Tax Wall Street Not Main Street" and chugging along wearing a beat up pair of sneakers, Tyner said Cuomo is abandoning some Democratic principles by not being a staunch-enough supporter of education, health care and social services. On taxes, Tyner said Cuomo sounds more like a Republican.
"He should be ashamed of himself for trying to lead the Democratic Party especially if he is going to be like Paterson and be so ridiculously right-wing - attacking our schools and Democrats in our state legislature trying to add just a little bit of funding back in state aid to education," Tyner said.
News Stories About Joel Tyners Walk from Wall Street:
"Cuomo Challenger Joel Tyner Hikes to Albany, Urging Millionaires Tax" by Gerald McKinstry
(scroll down a bit below for this; big Gannett paper for Westchester/Rockland/Putnam counties):
http://www.lohud.com/article/20100630/NEWS05/6300324/-1/newsfront/Cuomo-challenger-Joel-Tyner-hikes-to-Albany--urging-millionaires-tax ...(in some ways this article in and of itself is a game-changer)...
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[link here-- http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=124328517596388&ref=mf ("Joel for New York") ]
"Cuomo challenger Joel Tyner hikes to Albany, urging millionaires tax"
By Gerald McKinstry * firstname.lastname@example.org * June 30, 2010
"Tyner Plans 150 Mile Walk To Promote Campaign" [WAMC 6/8/10]
"Tyner Walking for His Candidacy" by Jimmy Vielkind [Albany Times-Union]
"Challengers Take On Established Democrats" by Nicholas Reisman [Rochester Democrat & Chronicle]
"Tyner Challenging Cuomo for Governor" [Poughkeepsie Journal 5/28/10]
"Dutchess Legislator Tyner to Run for Governor" [Daily Freeman 5/26/10]
"Tyner Takes On HydroFracking" [WAMC Northeast Public Radio yesterday]
"Candidate Tyner Takes To the Road Over Hydrofracking" [MidHudsonNews.com yesterday]
"Gubernatorial Candidate Set to Walk for Water" by Tom Grace [The Daily Star Tuesday]
Your News Now TV network has covered Joel's campaign extensively all over the state
http://elmira-corning.ynn.com/ ; http://twitter.com/ynnalbany ; http://binghamton.ynn.com/ ;
"Tyner To Run for Governor" [MidHudsonNews.com 5/26/10]
"Working Class Water Supply Threatened by Business Interests" [Huffington Post 6/20/10]
"A Progressive for New York?" by Douglas Smyth [Daily Kos 6/4/10]