Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
2017-217

Resolution in Support of New York State Legislature Bills S26 and A4072 of 2017, known as the “Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public Act”

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Department:Tompkins County LegislatureSponsors:
Category:Legislation or Funding - State and Federal

Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, tax returns give the American people an important insight into a candidate’s financial standing and shine a light on potential conflicts of interest, and

 

WHEREAS, American presidents, congresswomen and men, state governors, state comptrollers, and state attorney generals should be held to a high standard of transparency, and

 

WHEREAS, until the 2016 election, every president at least since the 1970s has released one year of tax returns before taking office, and

 

              WHEREAS, New York State Legislature Bills S26 and A4072 requires that at least 50 days before the general election a candidate for President or Vice President publicly release his/her five most recent Federal income tax returns, and

 

              WHEREAS, S26 and A7042 include the remedy for failure to comply of not allowing the candidates name to appear on the official ballot for the general election, now therefore be it

 

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature expresses its support for New York State Legislature Bills S26 and A4072 of 2017, known as the “tax returns uniformly made public act”,

 

RESOLVED, further, That it should go further and include candidates for New York State Governor, New York State Comptroller and Attorney General, and New York State Congresswomen and men,

 

RESOLVED, further, That copies of this resolution be sent to New York State Assemblywoman Lifton, New York State Senators O’Mara, Seward, and Helming, Governor Cuomo, New York State Assembly Speaker Heastie, New York State Assembly Minority Leader Kolb, New York State Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, New York State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins, and New York State Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Klein.

SEQR ACTION:  TYPE II-20

 

Meeting History

Nov 1, 2017 3:30 PM  Government Operations Committee Regular Meeting
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RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Dooley Kiefer, Member
SECONDER:Rich John, Member
AYES:Daniel Klein, Carol Chock, Dooley Kiefer, Rich John, Will Burbank
Nov 9, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting
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Following the motion, the following changes submitted by Ms. Kiefer were accepted as friendly:

“WHEREAS, until the 2016 election, every president at least since Jimmy Carter has released at least one or more years of tax returns before taking office, and

“WHEREAS, New York State Legislature Bills S26 and A4072 requires that at least 50 days before the general election a candidate for President or Vice President publicly release his/her five most recent Federal income tax returns, and

“WHEREAS, S26 and A7042 include the drastic remedy for failure to comply of not allowing the candidates name to appear on the official ballot for the general election, now therefore be it”.

Mr. Sigler believes that other positions are also important and should be required to file.

It was MOVED by Mr. Sigler, seconded by Mr. Morey, to replace the resolution with the following:

“WHEREAS, tax returns give the American people an important insight into a candidate’s financial standing and shine a light on potential conflicts of interest, and

“WHEREAS, American presidents, congresswomen and men, state governors, state comptrollers, state attorney generals, state senators and assemblywomen and men should be held to a high standard of transparency, and

“WHEREAS, until the 2016 election, every president since Jimmy Carter has released at least one year of tax returns before taking office, now therefore be it

“RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature expresses its support for New York State Legislature Bills S26 and A4072 of 2017, known as the “tax returns uniformly made public act”, and that it should go further and include candidates for NYS Governor, NYS Assembly and Senate, NYS Comptroller and Attorney General, and NYS Congresswomen and men,

“RESOLVED, further, That copies of this resolution be sent to New York State Assemblywoman Lifton, New York State Senators O’Mara, Seward, and Helming, Governor Cuomo, New York State Assembly Speaker Heastie, New York State Assembly Minority Leader Kolb, New York State Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, New York State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins, and New York State Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Klein.”

Mr. Klein questioned whether the rules to be on the ballot are the same for these people. Following a brief discussion it was accepted as friendly in the motion by Mr. Sigler to split the first Resolved into two paragraphs and to include only State-wide offices.

A voice vote resulted as follows on the resolution as offered by Mr. Sigler: Ayes - 13, Noes - 1 (Legislator Chock). AMENDMENT TO REPLACE RESOLUTION CARRIED.

The following suggestions by Ms. Chock were accepted as friendly:

“WHEREAS, until the 2016 election, every president at least since the 1970s Jimmy Carter has released at least one year of tax returns before taking office, now therefore be it”

“WHEREAS, New York State Legislature Bills S26 and A4072 requires that at least 50 days before the general election a candidate for President or Vice President publicly release his/her five most recent Federal income tax returns, and

“WHEREAS, S26 and A7042 include the remedy for failure to comply of not allowing the candidates name to appear on the official ballot for the general election, now therefore be it”.

Following the vote on the resolution, Mr. Sigler was excused.

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Dooley Kiefer, Member
SECONDER:Daniel Klein, Vice Chair
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Shawna Black