Campaign 2010

Feb 04, 2009

Tedisco Bills Taxpayers over 21k for Travel Expenses, Despite Living 20-Minutes from State Capital

After Years of Gaming the System, Will Tedisco Finally Reimburse Taxpayers Over $21,000 for his 20 Minute Car Ride?

 

 

Now that Albany politician Jim Tedisco has formally launched his congressional campaign in New York’s 20th Congressional District, Tedisco owes voters an explanation as to why he billed them $21,343 in oil and gas receipts for his taxpayer funded vehicle, despite just a 20-minute car ride away to the state capitol from his Schenectady home in the 21st Congressional District.  

 

“Albany politician Jim Tedisco talks tough about cutting government spending, but that hasn’t stopped him from billing taxpayers over $21,000 in oil and gas receipts for his taxpayer funded vehicle, despite his 20-minute car ride to the state capital,” said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “During these tough economic times, the very last thing Upstate New York’s middle class families need is a sneaky Albany politician like Jim Tedisco sticking them with a $21,000 bill so he can keep living high on the hog. Tedisco needs to stop this hypocrisy and immediately come clean by reimbursing taxpayers $21,000.”

 

Background

 

  • Tedisco Received Taxpayer Funded Vehicle

In 2001, Tedisco began using a taxpayer funded vehicle and charged gas and oil receipts to the state. [New York State Assembly, Expenditure Reports, 1996-2008]

 

  • Tedisco Spent Over $21,000 on Gas for State Vehicle

From September 2000 through March 2008, Tedisco charged $21,343.76 in state vehicle oil and gas receipts. [New York State Assembly, Expenditure Reports, 1996-2008]

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    • Hundreds of Dollars Charged on Same Day in 2001

The oil and gas receipts in 2001 are notable for two occasions where substantial amounts were charged on the same day.

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    • On June 29, 2001, a total of $413.80 was charged for oil and gas in three separate charges.
    • On December 11, 2001, a total of $628.46 was charged in five separate charges. [New York State Assembly, Expenditure Reports, 1996-2008]

 

  • Yet, Tedisco’s ride from his home in Schenectady to Albany is 17 miles [Google Maps]
  • Tedisco’s Aide is One of Three in All of the New York Assembly to Receive a State Car

Only three Assembly staff members received state cars in 2007. Among those was Howard Becker, “a longtime aide” to Tedisco. [Times-Union, 3/19/07]

 

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