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    Tom Golisano a Governor canidat in New York State has just commited political suicide. He proposed a plan to eliminate ALL paid firefighters from the staet of New York, and have all volunteer companies, including FDNY. Nobody would go for this especially NY after WTC.


    Golisano Offers Plan to Lower Taxes by 30%
    August 28th, 2002

    By Karen DeWitt
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    In this year's governor's race, billionaire businessman from Rochester Tom Golisano says he's offering a conservative voice that he thinks has been missing from the political debate. Wednesday, Golisano rolled out a plan that he says could cut property taxes in New York by as much as 30%.

    Tom Golisano, runs the multi billion dollar business Paychex, which is based in Rochester but has employees in several other states. Golisano says experiences with his own workers have further convinced him that property taxes in New York, among the highest in the nation ,are prohibitive for economic growth. He says he recently moved a sales manager from Atlanta Georgia, to Rochester. The man found property taxes on a similar house were three times higher in New York than in Georgia. The CEO of Paychex says he was forced to give the man more money to make up the difference.

    Golisano is offering a ten-point plan that he says could bring property taxes down in New York by 20 to 30%. First, he would do away with full time firefighters in cities, and substitute volunteers instead. He'd eliminate legal loopholes that allow rich elderly New Yorkers to pass on their money, and let Medicaid pay for their nursing home stays. Golisano says he would offer younger family members money to take care of elderly relatives at home. Golisano would get rid of tenure for teachers, and force local governments to consolidate.

    Golisano admits that some of the ideas might prove unpopular, in particular the elimination of paid firefighters in the wake of September 11th, but he insists that something drastic has to be done to turn around the moribund upstate economy.

    The billionaire businessman says that because he is financing his own campaign, he'd be free as governor to antagonize powerful groups like unions, and other special interests that donate large sums of money to the political campaigns of other candidates.

    Golisano is running in a primary against Governor George Pataki for the Independence and Conservative Party lines.


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    Thumbs up What an ***!!!

    Ya Okay… Lets get rid of all the Policemen too and since were doing away with them how about we go ahead and get ride of all the snow plow drivers and Schoolteachers. We’ll just get the already overtasked Vollenteers to do everthing. These people crack me up. Unbelievable news, and on the heels of the September 11 anniversary. You got my Vote Tom.
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    Where does he propose to find 10,000 volunteer firefighters for N.Y.C. alone? I am sure he will garner many votes in a state that elected H.R.C.... I feel terrible for this guy,he had to pay an employee extra money to live in New York.

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    ...And his major campaign promise in all of his TV ads is how he will create jobs in NY. By elliminating 40,000? He just shot himself in the foot with this one.
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    Yeah, he's a bright one....I'll lower property taxes this way, but insurance rates will go up. I wonder if Mr. Golisano lives in a are protected by career firefighters. If he doesn't, I wonder what the last time he listened to a radio to hear how long it takes for his and/or surrounding area apparatus to get on the road.
    Somehow I think this might be a little blown out of proportion. But then again, if any of you have read the book Slander and how the media is run and owned by liberals, you'd understand why they haven't touched this story. If any of you get a chance, read it, it will shock you of how things you don't really pick up because we are so used to the way the press operates occurs and is run. It does get boring at points and you may only be able to read 5 or so pages at a time, but I found it excellent overall.

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    Default RUBBING MY EYES..>Can't beleive what I read!

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    Ok so let me think.
    I will make jobs by cutting 40-50 thousand of them that are not economy dependent,so that they cant spend money in the local economy so that I can lower property taxes for the large rich landowners like my self get a break. Yes and in that I will isolate the rest of my states popualtion,and being surrouned by rich landowners who want the same thing acourse there gonna say"Go for it"-----Dear god im exactly what this "state" needs!

    There must be a Mutt magent in the middle of New York state,they seem to attract the cream of the mutt crop! Heck the reason they got the Clintons is no other state wanted them!

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    How 'bout we keep the firefighters and unload the politicians.

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    Originally posted by BLACKSHEEP-1
    How 'bout we keep the firefighters and unload the politicians.
    Great idea!!! Let him volunteer for Governor and put the Governors pay check back into the state tresuary!

    And you would have to pay me to goto New Yuck state too-even for a vist! Just alittle shot from us on the good side of the Hoosac tunnel!
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    what party is this guy running for?

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    from his website that E40FDNYL35 provided, "Tom currently resides in Victor, NY"

    I can't believe he is planing on this idea to even work. I do hope this is one of those promises that never get fulfilled.

    also the site states this is his third attempt to run for governor.

    why can't he be like the other self-made billionaires and just buy a sports team?
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    There is no email listed on his site. However, I did a little digging and found one for him

    golisanocampaign@golisano.com

    You'd think he'd get it after not winning the first two times

    I noticed that the article referenced above is not listed on his site either. Imagine that... voters might have a problem with eliminating the FDNY. The only reference to firefighters is that he is going to increase incentives to gain more volunteer firefighters.

    I referenced the article above in my email to him, should I actually get a response I'll post them both.
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    You'd think he'd get it after not winning the first two times
    No way, he has the Ross Perot Syndrome!
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    I live near Victor NY, it is a very wealthy community, and it is an all vollunteer FD.

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    Originally posted by FirstInLastOut
    I live near Victor NY, it is a very wealthy community, and it is an all vollunteer FD.
    And I'm sure that Galisano is a member of the Victor Volunteer Fire Department!
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    It seems to me that this person needs to get the dollar signs out of his eyes and look around. I'm a 16 year volunteer FF, but this is absolutly stupid. Volunteers could probably handle the job if they had his money and spare time. Some of us volunteers have to work for a living. Not sit in an office somewhere, thinking of ways to save my company money.

    Let me count to relieve some anger.

    1 ... 2 ... 3 ...

    5001 ... 5002 ...

    Another lifetime volunteer proud to serve my community.

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    This guy is too funny. Are you sure that there wasn't some typo leaving out the punch line to this joke. Not for nothing, with the amount of time and energy it takes to keep our little 150 call a year fire dept operating I can't imangine what it would take to run some of these big paid depts as volunteers.

    On another note if anyone finds the recipe for what this guy is smoking, please post it. I could use to spend some time completely out of my mind.

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    "Plans" such as this are yet another reason why the volunteer vs. paid war goes on and on and on...

    Don't worry Brothers, most of us Volunteers wouldn't take him up on his offer.
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