GLENS FALLS — 10 protesters, including several dressed in costumes, marched outside the downtown office of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, on Wednesday afternoon.
Stefanik, who is in Washington, D.C., voted against the House of Representatives version of the tax bill.
Her spokesman, Tom Flanigan, said in an email that Stefanik would not make a final decision on her vote on the bill until it comes out of conference committee.
But he did note that one of her major concerns was included in both versions of the bill.
“Congresswoman Stefanik will continue fighting for tax relief for hardworking families in New York,” he stated, noting that she opposes the elimination of the deduction for state and local taxes.
The protesters included Ron Deutsch, who was dressed as Santa; Al Ormsby, who was wearing a mask of President Donald Trump; and Joe Seeman, who was dressed as a turkey. The group has protested numerous times outside Stefanik’s office, though none could put a number to it.
Democratic congressional candidate Patrick Nelson was also among the protesters, as was Judy LaPook.
“I am here because it’s a bad bill,” LaPook said. “It’s going to hurt people.”
The protesters sang modified carols, including, “We Wish You a Merry Tax Scam.”
In his email, Flanigan said Stefanik will look carefully at the final bill.
“She believes we need to do more to protect taxpayers in high-taxed states,” Flanigan said, adding that Stefanik is encouraged that both the House and Senate passed plans that lower tax rates and simplify the tax code.
He said she is also pleased there is agreement on doubling the standard deduction and increasing the child tax credit. But she continues to have serious concerns about other parts of the bills, he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke Wednesday in favor of deductions to local income taxes, in acknowledgement of Stefanik and other Republicans who have spoken in opposition to the bills.