For the Record: LaLota Pushes SALT Deduction Amendment

US Rep. Nick LaLota, R-Amityville, was among New York lawmakers who on Tuesday submitted an amendment to restore the SALT deduction.

LaLota, who represents Huntington, along with Reps. Anthony D’Esposito (NY-04), and Mike Lawler (NY-17) offered LaLota’s SALT Fairness and Deficit Reduction Act to the House Rules Committee as an amendment to the bipartisan Fiscal Responsibility Act.

The SALT–State and Local Taxes–cap became law in 2017, capping the amount of taxes that can be claimed as deductions. For high-tax states such as New York, that means many taxpayers can’t deduct the full amount of taxes they’ve paid.

“I came to Congress promising to take every opportunity I could to restore the SALT deduction and support Long Island families. My amendment would insert the text of my SALT Fairness and Deficit Reduction Act into the Fiscal Responsibility Act, providing more tax relief for Americans and doing even more to address our federal deficit,” said LaLota.

To read the full text of the amendment, click HERE. For the full text of the SALT Fairness and Deficit Reduction Act, click HERE.


Suffolk Legislator Manuel Esteban, R-East Northport, sent out a copy of an email he’d received about his stance on asylum seekers. “I wanted to thank you for doing the right thing and taking a stand against some of the fear and hate mongering coming from your own party in recent days,” the email read “It is rare in this day and age to see a true ‘Profile in Courage’ in politics but you should be truly proud of who you are and the stance you have taken.”

  Last week, in the face of rumors that New York City mayor Eric Adams planned to send recent asylum seekers to the suburbs, the Suffolk Legislature began organizing an effort to block such a move.But Esteban told Newsday at the time that asylum seekers are in the country legally and following a federal immigration process. “The immigrant population has made many contributions to Suffolk County, including many who started out as asylum-seekers … and who are now community volunteers and business owners,” he told Newsday. His parents immigrated to the US from Cuba and Colombia.

Since then, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has issued an executive order barring hotels, motels and shelters from contracting with outside municipalities to house asylum seekers. And on Tuesday, the legislature called a special meeting for Thursday to consider hiring an attorney to explore ways to keep asylum seekers from being sent here.


Assemblyman Keith Brown, R-Northport, is surveying constituents on such topics as taxes and affordability, education, public safety and crime, health care and the opioid/fentanyl epidemic.

What the elected officials representing the Huntington area are saying about issues, bills, policies and more.

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