Bloomberg Wants Cigarette Tax Enforced

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The city is suing to stop the illegal sale of tax-free cigarettes by members of Native American tribes in New York. The city's top lawyer says Indian-owned businesses on Long Island have been selling millions of packs a year to non-tribe customers, who are not allowed to buy cigarettes without paying taxes. Mayor Bloomberg is urging the governor to take action now.

BLOOMBERG: I think the governor should go to the reservations and say, "Stop this practice," and if it requires law enforcement, that's what the governor has the state police for.

REPORTER: The Bloomberg administration says the practice costs the city and state hundreds of millions of dollars a year in lost tax revenue.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by