The Best of NYC POLITICS

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08/05/2009 4:00 AM |

BEST REASON TO DECLARE WAR ON FLORIDA:
Tom Golisano

We’d like to take any opportunity to take a pot shot at Bloomberg, and this would seem just the place. But we’re just going to assume that’s a given and look at another egomaniacal oligarch: after a relatively minor slight from Assembly Leader Smith (see above), Golisano — who doesn’t even live in New York State because he doesn’t feel he should pay his fair share of taxes — took it upon himself to upend our already ludicrously dysfunctional state government. There ought to be a law to keep billionaire Floridians from meddling in our affairs, or at least one to keep Tom Golisano away from our state forever, until he pays taxes.

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  • Best name of a politician in The L Magazine’s Best Of NYC 2009– Anthony Weiner.

  • Your writer should get his facts straight before putting pen to paper. golisano is a NY resident, and has lived in upstate (do you even knbow where that is) for many, many years. He created a successful company that has created thousand of paying jobs in the Rochester area, and he regularly donates money to charity such as adding a children’s wing to a local hospital and buying computers for all the students in a Catholic high school. He has said he will move to Florida from NY, not to avoid his “fair share”, but because the writer’s friends implemented a tax increase just for people in his tax bracket.

  • According to every media source I can find, Golisano definitely moved to Florida; the Times calls it a “highly public move”. Google “Golisano florida” and you get lots of news stories:

    http://gothamist.com/2009/05/15/tom_golisa…
    http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/stor…
    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/200…

    etc. etc.

    Golisano WAS a NY State resident, as I’m well aware; I once voted for him for governor. No one is denying Golisano hasn’t given charitably, but the man is wealthy enough to pay taxes, donate, and live quite comfortably. (Maybe public schools could have computers if people like Golisano paid their taxes??) And so far, he’s used the money he saved in taxes by moving to shut down our government (not by doing good), EVEN THOUGH HE NO LONGER LIVES HERE. The guy’s a narcissist first, a philanthropist later.

  • What evidence do you have that he did not pay his taxes? He seems to think he paid $13k/day. And in May and June, when he was behind the “coup”? in Albany, some newspapers seemed to think he was from upstate. If you note the last article, he has donated considerably more over many years in NYS than he ever paid in income taxes here. I would expect that in the future, he will find it more interesting to donate in Florida rather than upstate.

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/06102009/news/…

    http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/stor…

    http://www.rbj.net/index.cfm?da={ts+%272002-04-08+11%3A47%3A21%27}

    http://www.answers.com/topic/tom-golisano