Richmond Hill Veterans Vote a Tax Strike.
Hope to Spread Movement
Will Refuse to Pay Property Levy as Long as Red Holds Office.
One of the most novel of the many protests against the retention of Simon W.
Gerson, a communist, on the city’s pay roll has been devised by members of
the Richmond Hill War Veterans Post who, it was learned today, have voted to
pay no more taxes on their property so long as Mr. Gerson remains on the
salary list as confidential investigator to Borough President Isaacs.
Members of the post not only voted to take such action themselves, but to urge
their friends and other posts of their organization in the city to join in the
campaign. They believe that the legal difficulty involved in non-payment of
taxes can be solved by having each “tax striker” put his tax money in the
bank in escrow, to be released to the city whenever Mr. Gerson is dismissed.
The protest of the veterans is the more striking because, of the 149 members
of the post, 98 per cent are property owners. They reason that if the city
cannot collect taxes it cannot continue to pay the salary of the communist
they feel should not be receiving pay even indirectly from them.
The resolution which the veterans empowered their executive committee to draw
up was made public by William F. McCumiskey, post commander. It follows:
“Be it resolved that insofar as the Mayor of the City of New York and the
President of the Borough of Manhattan have seen fit to ignore the protest
formally taken by our organization and countless other organizations and
citizens of our city and State against the appointment of Simon W. Gerson as
confidential adviser and secretary to the Borough of Manhattan and have seen
fit to retain Mr. Gerson as a public servant on the city pay roll and Mr.
Gerson still continues to act as a public servant of the City of New York,
although an avowed communist, and as such an open enemy to the Constitution
of the United States and the principles upon which our country is founded.
“We, the members of this post, refuse to be a party to the action taken by
our public officials and pledge ourselves to do everything in our power to
bring the career of Mr. Gerson as a public official to a close as speedily as
possible by refusing to pay our taxes now due on our property, so that the
funds necessary to supply Mr. Gerson with his weekly pay check may not be
available to our Mayor and President of the Borough of Manhattan, and
“We further resolve that we will request our friends and neighbors and other
fellow citizens that we come in contact with to pursue the same course of
“We further resolve that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the
county, State and national departments of our organization, with the request
that they take similar action.
“Be it further resolved, also, that copies of this resolution be forwarded to
the Mayor of the city of New York and to the President of the Borough of