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Senator Honors Bedford Woman, Opposes MTA Tax

BEDFORD, N.Y. — Bedford can be especially proud of one of its citizens today: Mary Beth Kass, who was honored by New York State Sen. Greg Ball (R, C-Patterson) for her service to the community.

As part of the senator’s Women of Distinction Hall of Fame initiative, Bedford 2020 founder and co-president Kass was recognized by Ball's Chief of Staff Jim Coleman at Tuesday’s town board meeting. Town leaders nominated Kass for the honor on the basis of her outstanding commitment to volunteer work.

Kass has held many volunteer positions over the years, including stints as president of the Katonah Village Improvement Society, program coordinator for Family University and events coordinator for the Katonah Chamber of Commerce.

The Bedford resident will be honored in a ceremony March 30 in the company of a group of women from each town, village and city within Ball’s 40th Senate District.

Following Tuesday's ceremony, Coleman discussed, among other issues, Sen. Ball’s successful campaign to repeal the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s payroll tax, to the benefit of small businesses, including 25,000 in Westchester.

“Nearly 80 percent of the businesses in New York received a major impact to their bottom line by participating in the repeal of this really difficult MTA tax,” he said.

According to Coleman, Ball is moving to initiate a step-by-step repeal of the tax, with the next stage extending the repeal to municipalities and libraries.

Coleman added that Ball has called for a forensic audit of MTA finances by the court, in order to get a better idea of where the organization should cut operating costs, “so that as taxpayers, we don’t have to help to subsidize their inefficiencies.”

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