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Rep. Faso Rejects Gov. Cuomo's Call To Resign

John Faso
John Faso Photo Credit: File

Rep. John Faso's (R-Kinderhook) "no" vote on tax reform was not enough for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Last week, the governor said Faso, who represents the 19th District which includes a part of East Dutchess, did not do enough to stop the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act from being passed. Faso voted no on the bill, which passed the House of Representatives on Nov. 16. The Senate passed their own tax reform bill on Friday, will the bill heading back to the house for approval.

“It is not enough for the Fasos... to say they voted against it,” Cuomo said. “You have to stop the assault on New York. “They say they can’t do anything now. That is baloney; resign."

Cuomo and Faso have both been critical of the bill scrapping SALT, which allows taxpayers to deduct their state and local taxes, fearing it will have a negative impact on New Yorkers. Faso said he has no plans to resign.

"It's kind of silly, isn't it?" Faso said. "I have no plans to abdicate my responsibility. The governor's behavior has been extremely odd. He's criticizing people who voted against the bill- it's head spinning logic."

Faso said he was saddened when he saw Cuomo' remarks and shows he has no desire to work with people from across the aisle.

"It's hard to see how he can hope to run for president in 2020," Faso said.

On Twitter, Faso said no one from the governor's team contacted him about the tax reform legislation.

Faso said he made his position on the tax reform bill loud and clear and is hoping changes can still be made to the bill.

"There are provisions in the bill that are good and we need to get the economy moving faster," Faso said. "But eliminating the state and local income tax deduction is very damaging."

Faso said he would not support the Senate's bill as currently written.

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