Lawmakers Upset With FDNY’s ‘Crash Tax’

NEW YORK (CBS 2) – After the Fire Department of New York revealed its plan to charge drivers who cause car accidents with a so-called “crash tax,” two Brooklyn lawmakers are furious.

State Sen. Eric Adams and Councilman Jumaane Williams are sponsoring companion bills against FDNY’s proposal. They said they want any tax to receive state and local approval before taking effect.

“We cannot balance the budget on the backs of the unfortunate number of middle class New Yorkers merely because of a vehicle accident,” Adams said.

Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano came up with the crash tax plan, which would charge drivers up to $490 if they’re found at fault in an accident, and he estimated that the tax would add $1 million to city coffers.

“I have 20 company closings at night on the table right now. So every fee that I don’t get to collect for, that’s just another operational resource that we lose,” Cassano said.

If approved, the “crash tax” would take effect in July.

The public will have a chance to weigh-in on the proposal at a public hearing next month.

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  1. Charlie Wong says:

    This NY Mayor would tax legal residents for crash but allow illegals to exist in this country and not paying for educations and all the other social benefits. Until we take over the government, we will be taxed to death.

  2. Jerry says:

    It is appalling that the pension tactics used by these municipal workers the last year of their service to pad their pensions to that of a regular weekly paycheck isn’t addressed, before any action of fees and tax increases are suggested.

    Mayor Bloomberg WAKE UP!

  3. Jerry says:

    Once again higher costs for those honest citizens who live their life by the law,paying their taxes.
    This to pay for the waste, high pensions and salaries of municipal workers,illegal tax skirting immigrants etc etc?
    Typical behavior by those spineless legislators who refuse to address the core issues!
    They watch the pennies while the dollars are wasted wasted wasted!

  4. KAHLILD SALEIM says:

    NEXT NEWS YOU WILL HEAR THAT, MAYOR BLOOMBERG WANT TO CHARGE YOU FOR DIALING 911 CALL,

  5. The Truth says:

    CLOSE FIREHOUSES! GET VOLUNTEER FIREMEN. WE DONT NEED WELFARE PAID ONES. THEY DO NEXT TO NO WORK. LIVE AND VOLUNTERR ON LI AND WHINE ALL THE TIME. PENSIONS ARE 100K A YEAR. LAID THEM OFF AND USE VOLUNTEERS! FDNY ARE RACIST ANYWAY

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