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Spending restoration advocates target Grisanti

ALBANY -- A labor-led coalition is starting up a new radio ad campaign Wednesday in the Buffalo area targeting Sen. Mark Grisanti to get them to back an income tax surcharge on millionaires.

Strong for All Economy, whose members include the AFL-CIO and unions representing teachers, health care workers and other public and private sector unionized employees, is trying in the last couple weeks of budget talks to restore money for education and other programs slated for big cutbacks.

The radio ad (which you can play below) targeting Grisanti, a freshman Republican from Buffalo in a Democratic-dominated district, is an attempt to prod the Senate Republicans to go along with a Democratic plan in the Assembly to keep intact an income tax surcharge set to expire at the end of the year on those making more than $1 million annually. A similar ad is running in other some other Senate Republican districts.

Senate Republicans, including Grisanti, say they oppose any tax increases, and side with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in opposing the tax surcharge's extension.

The Strong for All Economy also plans direct mail pieces into the districts of Grisanti as well as Sen. Patrick Gallivan, another freshman Republican from Erie County.

-- Tom Precious

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Tom Precious

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