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State Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) says his plan to give drivers a summer vacation from the state gas tax is gaining momentum in Albany, but still faces an uphill battle. The bill Fuschillo sponsored

News 12 Staff

May 1, 2008, 2:51 AM

Updated 5,925 days ago

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State Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) says his plan to give drivers a summer vacation from the state gas tax is gaining momentum in Albany, but still faces an uphill battle.
The bill Fuschillo sponsored has been met with opposition from some Assembly Democrats. It did not make it to the Senate floor Wednesday because of an agenda change. The proposal calls for New York?s 33 cent per gallon sales tax to be put on hold during the summer driving season.
Fuschillo says he?s acting upon Washington?s inaction. However, presidential candidates John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) have gotten behind a plan to do the same thing on the federal level.
Assembly Democrat Steve Engelbright (Setauket) says he will introduce a similar bill. Fuschillo and Englebright say they are moving forward with their bills despite Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver?s opposition.
They hope to get their respective legislation passed before Memorial Day.


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