Support Businesses

New York must take steps to be business friendly. We must quit placing so many restrictions on new and developing industries and instead allow them to innovate and flourish.

Tax Reform

“We have massive amounts of overspending at the state level that must be cut.” – Larry Sharpe

We must implement alternate sources of revenue beyond the ridiculous taxation across the state. We must end the subsidies currently given to major corporations that move in, wreck local and small businesses and leave once their tax savings program ends.

Healthcare Reform

We need consumer-driven healthcare reform. This means returning choices and power to people while driving prices down because providers must once again compete for business. Instead of being primarily concerned with who funds, this policy is more concerned with reforming the primary healthcare markets and state-level management of the health care industry itself. Regardless of who funds (individuals, employers or taxpayers), we must have lower healthcare costs.

We can reduce the cost of Medicaid by reducing healthcare costs and expenditures. We must eliminate poverty traps and make New York more friendly towards small business and hiring, helping to alleviate some of the state’s poverty troubles, and enabling more people to no longer require Medicaid.

EPCAL

William feels the EPCAL deal should be more transparent and feels the additional 1,000 acres should not be included in the deal, unless the town is compensated.

Van Helmond has been critical of the inclusion of 1,000 acres of pristine land in the sale to Calverton Aviation and Technology and believes the town should work with the purchaser to preserve that acreage.

Bail Reform

Recognizing that the state needs to reform cash bail, the recent law passed in January was shortsighted.

Defendants who have been arrested but not yet convicted should not be punished. However, without some security many defendants will never show up for their day in court. The balance between individual rights and public safety is best achieved by letting the judges determine on a case-by-case basis who is a flight risk or a danger to the public.

COVID-19

Social distancing measures should rely on voluntary compliance, and most people have been voluntarily complying. Even when enforcement is necessary, simply breaking up gatherings without citation is preferable. The neighbor reporting on neighbor culture being created needs to be resisted at every front.

 


Freedom is precious. Right now we are facing the greatest threat to a free and open society that most of us have ever witnessed. We Libertarians will continue to defend the principles of human freedom at every turn.