PR: Fed-Up Brooklyn Taxpayers Poised to Fight for Economic Freedom in New York!

April 19, 2013

For Immediate Release – April 19, 2013
Contact: Mike Proto, 201-487-8844/201-400-3666

Fed-Up Brooklyn Taxpayers Poised to Fight for Economic Freedom in New York!

AFP’s Taxpayer Action Town Hall Set for April 25 at 6PM in Bay Ridge

BROOKLYN, NY – Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s leading free-market, grassroots organization will be in Brooklyn on April 25 for a special town hall event. The Taxpayer Action Town Hall is expected to draw scores of citizen activists and area taxpayers and mobilize them to take action to restore economic freedom and prosperity to the Empire State.

“Brooklyn taxpayers have had enough with the failing big government policies being foisted upon them from Albany and city hall,” said Daryn Iwicki, deputy state director of AFP’s New Jersey chapter. “They’re fed up with the high taxes, runaway spending and out-of-control regulations that are crippling their ability to make a living, raise a family and prosper in the city. Now, they’re ready to take action to do something about it. They’re just looking for leadership and direction and AFP can deliver that for them.”

AFP’s Taxpayer Action Town Hall will put a spotlight on the fiscal policies that have resulted in New York’s economic decline, saddled New York taxpayers with the highest tax burden in the country, and rendered it the least economically free of the fifty states. The program will empower activists with tips and techniques for becoming effective advocates for free-market, pro-growth policies.

Steve Lonegan, three term mayor of Bogota, NJ, and two time Republican candidate for governor, will be the event’s featured speaker. Lonegan, now an Americans for Prosperity senior fellow, will focus on a number of specific policy issues that are destroying the quality of life for New Yorkers, among them the failed cap-and-trade scheme known as RGGI, or the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which imposes a hidden tax on electricity consumers in the state.

“Most New York ratepayers have never heard of RGGI, let alone that an electricity tax has been levied on them that was never voted on or authorized by the state Legislature,” said Mike Proto, AFP-New Jersey’s communications director. “The idea of taxation without representation was supposed to have been disposed of when America won its independence. In New York, however, the concept is alive and well thanks to the RGGI scheme.”

“This is exactly the kind of nonsense that has taxpayers in New York fed up,” continued Proto, “and why they are determined to restore limited government and economic freedom to a state that has been devoid of it for decades now.”

The Taxpayer Action Town Hall will be held on Thursday, April 25 at 6PM at the Salty Dog Restaurant Bar & Grill located at 7509 Third Ave. (click for map).

Media are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Mike Proto¸ Communications Director, at 201-400-3666 or by email at

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 2 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states.  AFP has 34 state chapters and affiliates. More than 85,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit

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