BUFFALO, N.Y.(WIVB) - Western New Yorkers say they're up to their eyeballs intaxes.
Now, they're using a party to protest proposed taxincreases.
It was quite a scene at the waterfront Saturday as hundreds ofwestern New Yorkers didn't hold back criticizing what they call afloundering state government.
Western New Yorkers at Saturday's tea party tax revolt had aclear message for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and GovernorPaterson.
Tax activists, some in costume and others not, all had the samemessage. They're tired of dysfunctional government that they sayonly know one thing, raising taxes.
Small business is going to be stamped out by taxes in this stateand the whole country.
Carl Campbell says he knows because he owns a small business inLancaster, and he can't keep from using "the c word" to describewhere he thinks things are headed.
Campbell said, "What I'd like to do is stop the heavy foot ofcommunism before it really gets started more than it is now."
Tax activist James Ostrowski agrees, and says stopping thegrowing trend of socialist policies like redistributing wealthneeds to start now or it will be too late.
"You've got to see where the trend lines are going and fightright now, you've gotta draw a line in the sand now when we stillhave freedom of speech," said Ostrowski.
And when people like Carl Campbell still have a business to run,Ostrowski says local leaders who represent the communities righthere in Buffalo on Capitol Hill are ignoring their own people.
"They should be ashamed of themselves. How can you preside overthe decline of your community for fifty years and not do a damnthing about it?" Asked Campbell.
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