ITHACA, N.Y. -- A group of small business owners and community members gathered in Ithaca Wednesday, calling on Congressman Tom Reed to promise to pay his taxes on time. The protesters met outside Reed's office, which was closed for the afternoon.
The rally was in response to news that Reed was late paying property taxes dozens of times since 2005. Constituents say it doesn't give them faith in their congressman.
"To be late 38 times in the last few years, and in one instance, to pay property taxes on his vacation home on Cayuga Lake with campaign funds. He did reimburse that and explain the problem. But it just shows if he's on the Ways and Means Committee, which is a very powerful congressional committee, one wonders whether he's that efficient or that capable," John Dennis said.
Reed's office responded with a statement saying, "A number of these payments were made by employees or business partners of the business entities rather than directly by me. All payments, whether made directly by me or not, were paid in full. I take full responsibility and have taken preventive measures to ensure that future tax payments will be made on time.”