Vanderhoef to appeal ruling in Rockland MTA payroll tax suit

Perhaps no one in Rockland County is happier to see the MTA payroll tax ruled unconstitutional than County Executive Scott Vanderhoef, who has been battling

WEST NYACK - Perhaps no one in Rockland County is happier to see the MTA payroll tax ruled unconstitutional than County Executive Scott Vanderhoef, who has been battling against it for awhile. A state Supreme Court justice ruled in favor of two Long Island counties, which sued the state because they didn't think it was legal to charge a tax to some county business owners in the state and not all of them. The payroll tax was enacted by the state Legislature back in 2009. Since then, Vanderhoef estimates Rockland County business owners have been forced to pay the cash-strapped MTA about $18 million. The county government chips in another $600,000, money he says could be better spent. Rockland County sued on the same issue in Albany back in April and lost. Vanderhoef says he plans to appeal the court's ruling, in light of this victory for Nassau and Suffolk counties. MTA officials say they will fight the court's recent ruling.Supreme Court judge rules MTA payroll tax unconstitutional

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