YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Yorktown accepts signed and original letters to the editor up to 350 words. To submit your letter, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
State Sen. Terrence Murphy issued the following statement in response to a recent letter to the editor that referenced STEP MURPHY LLC, a business in which he shares partial ownership with his siblings.
STEP Murphy LLC is not and has never been subject to any tax liens. As an investor, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations or financial management of the restaurant -- my siblings are.
People don't want excuses from their elected officials, which is why I am forthcoming about this. Unfortunately, due to New York's hostile business climate, it's a decision that far too many family-run small businesses and homeowners face more and more frequently these days. It is all the more reason we must get serious about cutting property taxes so businesses can afford to stay open.
I take pride in being a small-business owner at my own chiropractic practice, Yorktown Health and Wellness Center, where as the sole owner and operator, we have always been current on our taxes. My wife and I are current on every cent of our federal, state and local income and property taxes.
Patrick Murphy, who manages and operates Murphy's Restaurant, said, "My brother Sen. Murphy, as a part-owner, was not even aware of this situation until today. The accountant has explained that due to an oversight that was compounded by unforeseen circumstances, the business was forced to take the legal option of paying taxes late, with interest and penalties, in the same late-payment time frame that is permitted to everyone. I'd like to thank Mr. Witkowich for bringing a private family matter to the attention of the town and can assure him it will be handled in an appropriate and timely manner."
State Sen. Terrence Murphy
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