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Letters To The Editor

April 24, 2014

Letters to the Editor: April 24, 2014

Revenue opportunity

TO THE EDITOR: Given the current crisis that New York faces financially and the dwindling sources of tax revenue to support the various programs administered by state, county and local governments, it amazes me that a huge source of tax revenue is being ignored.

That source is right in front of us, but it is being ignored by the various agencies charged with the enforcement of New York state law.

That source is the huge number of foreign pleasure boats currently placed in land storage for the winter that have originated from Canada.

Those boats were “exported” to the United States in U.S. Customs bond for temporary use in the United States that never returned to Canada, thus violating the “temporary” bond issued by U.S. Customs.

Any boat remaining in U.S. waters, specifically New York waters, for more than 90 days is required to be registered with New York state.

This violation is especially flagrant when a boat is placed on New York land for the winter, which we all know lasts more than 90 days. This is clearly stated in the New York State Boaters Guide, page 8. Refer to: http://nysparks.com/recreation/boating/documents/NYSBoatersGuide.pdf

Those receiving benefits from New York taxpayers should be required to bear their fair share of the responsibility for tax revenues in this state. Those charged with the responsibility to enforce those laws need to complete their assigned task and stop ignoring the elephant in the room.

It is only fair to those being saddled with the huge state tax load that the payment be fair and equal for all in New York.

THOMAS DRAGOON

West Chazy

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Successful event

TO THE EDITOR: On behalf of Altona, Champlain JCEO Outreach Centers and St. Patrick’s Food Pantry, I would like to thank all the businesses and individuals for their support in making our spaghetti dinner/raffle and food drive on April 12 so successful.

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