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Cuomo urges Dems to fund Gateway tunnel, end SALT cap

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a letter to Democrats in New York’s delegation in the House of Representatives on Monday urged them to push for funding for the Gateway tunnel and ending the $10,000 cap on state and local taxes.

He said tackling both issues would be a boon to New York and its taxpayers.

“It is governmental malpractice for everyone to agree that a transportation and economic crisis is looming but still no action is taken,” Cuomo wrote in the letter. “This transcends any political or parochial interest.”

New York elected four new members to the House, flipping three Republican-held seats in the Hudson Valley, central New York and on Staten Island in the process. Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley lost his primary bid to Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Cuomo has railed against President Donald Trump’s administration as well as the Republican-controlled Congress for the cap on state and local tax deductions, a provision that impacts high-tax states like New York.

A mechanism for working around the cap, essentially creating charitable organizations on the local level, is being reviewed by the Internal Revenue Service.

“I will continue to aggressively pursue the matter with the President and his administration directly but request your assistance,” Cuomo wrote. “Senate Minority Leader Schumer is well aware of the matter and the urgency and has been steadfastly working to get to an agreement.”

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