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Homeowners and vendors in the Throggs Neck and similar areas are relentlessly attacked by the New York government and those who know how to manipulate them. It’s getting worse, much worse.
Escalating taxes and fees, reduced police protection, absurd traffic regulations, massive corruption, massive fines, attacks on the character of the neighborhood, crippling proposals to impose massive tolls on drivers commuting to their Manhattan workplaces, and a plan to impose measures that would destroy an important source of employment, together put the future of middle-income communities at risk.
Throggs Neck faces a dramatic crisis. The Food Town block can be demolished according to the proposals submitted and replaced with a twelve-story mixed-use building that will include a large number of restricted apartments. This will change the character of the community. The huge increase in traffic jams and the many problems that constantly come with limited housing will change much of what makes this community one of the best places in town to live. This is a crucial moment in the existence of the neighborhood. Should the proposal become a reality, the area will forever and unbearably change for the worse. It is up to every resident and every merchant to turn to their elected representatives, community council staff, and civic associations individually to combat this terrible plan.
There are other attacks on the horizon. There is a proposal to justify the property tax on the current sales prices. This will lead to huge hikes. Since New York City has a unique income tax in addition to the enormous federal and state income taxes, it was always thought that it would replace large property taxes. Many homeowners live on the edge of affordability due to high state taxes combined with the city’s personal income tax. With a further increase in property taxes, many residents will no longer be able to afford living in their own homes.
To be honest, New York’s state and city government doesn’t legislate or generally govern based on what’s best for its citizens. It is devoted to a political philosophy of the “fundamental transformation” of America and does not particularly care about issues of personal or property rights, public safety, common sense, or sound financial policy.
This can be clearly seen in transport strategies. The multi-layered campaign to force drivers out of their vehicles without offering adequate local transport alternatives is a prime example of this. Imagine if each driver showed up at their local bus or subway stop instead. The system would collapse, and with it the urban economy.
Finally, the absurd attacks on the police and the restriction that they can carry out their work without charge or dismissal illustrate the ideological attack on the city dwellers. Yes, of course, if an officer acts with excessive violence or in a discriminatory manner, he or she should be punished. But that has turned into insane restrictions on the police in their work. The consistent assumption that an official is subjected to intense scrutiny or criticism every time he takes action, coupled with the outrageously ignorant policies of non-bail reform and condoning criminal acts, destroys the safety of townspeople. It should be noted that in some cities the ideologues that deprived the police of adequate resources to protect themselves.
In addition, there is the recurring proposal to waive a share transfer tax, a levy on every action in which a share is transferred. The stock exchanges have already announced that they will leave New York in this case. New York would look like Detroit with the auto industry gone.
The only good news is that all of these proposals to bring housing restrictions to the area, raise property taxes, introduce a stock transfer tax, and introduce other insanities can be avoided if each of you openly express your opposition and get it through the ballot box.