Friday, April 13, 2012

Top New York Labor Leader Moves To Long Island, Saves $30,000 in City Income Taxes

Speaking of NYC's union leaders, who are always quick to call for higher taxes, Randi had awfully good timing on this move out of NYC, saving her $30,000 in city income taxes:

One of America's most powerful labor leaders, teachers union president Randi Weingarten, has quietly moved out of New York City, a decision that saved her from paying more than $30,000 in city income taxes that she would have owed if she had stayed.

Discussion of people fleeing New York City in part because of high income tax rates has mostly focused on high-powered conservative commentators and billionaire hedge-fund managers. Glenn Beck moved to Dallas, and Rush Limbaugh soldhis New York apartment and announced he was vacating the city. An article in last week's New Yorker discussed the case of hedge fund manager Julian Robertson, who went to court to prove he was not in New York City for more than the 183 days that is the threshold for tax purposes.

No one, until now, has mentioned the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Ms. Weingarten, in that group. But sure enough, her biography on the AFT Web site states, "Weingarten now resides on Long Island and in Washington, D.C."

…In a telephone call, Ms. Weingarten told me that the reason for her November 2009 move was that she thought it was important for her successor at the United Federation of Teachers not to have her around. "It had nothing to do with taxes. I didn't even think about it," Ms. Weingarten said. "I'm sure there are people who do stuff for tax reasons," she said, but she said she wasn't one of them: "I think we should be paying taxes, and I pay a lot of them."

In any event, public records — and even a release from President Obama's White House — confirm that Ms. Weingarten did move out of New York City and join the other high-income individuals in saying "no thank you" to the New York City tax man.


Top New York Labor Leader Moves To Long Island, Saves $30,000 in City Income Taxes

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun | March 19, 2012

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