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NY lawmakers: release state tax returns of president

Posted at 11:33 AM, Apr 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-26 11:33:19-04

People participate in a Tax Day protest on April 15, 2017 in New York City. Activists in cities across the nation marched to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Two Democrats in the New York state legislature say the state should be required to release the state tax returns of any president who hails from New York state.

The measure does not mention President Donald Trump by name, but it comes after the New York City Republican refused to release his tax returns during his successful run for the presidency last year.

The requirement would apply to anyone holding high-level elected office, including the presidency, who has filed a New York state tax return. It would not be retroactive.

Sen. Brad Hoylman of Manhattan and Assemblyman David Buchwald of Westchester County plan to formally introduce their legislation Thursday.

Hoylman also has proposed requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the New York ballot.