Assemblyman Saladino Supports New York State Sanctions Against Iran

Legislative Column from Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino
January 18, 2012
A recent and important vote on the Iran Divestment Act of 2012 in the New York State Assembly is a significant step toward neutralizing a potentially dangerous enemy to the United States and its allies, both economically and militarily. Iran has proven itself to be a very dangerous adversary in the Middle East. The government of Iran is a known sponsor of terrorism, is responsible for the deaths of thousands of our servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, undermines United Statesí interests overseas, clearly violates human rights, has publicly announced their interest in the destruction of a dear ally to the United States, Israel, and is actively seeking the development of nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear energy program.

Why then should New York State invest in a country suspected of doing all of the aforementioned? To that, I can proudly say that passage of the Iran Divestment Act of 2012 is a significant step toward diminishing Iranís terrorism support capabilities and keeping our nation and allies safer.

The Iran Divestment Act of 2012, simply put, is a measure to divest New York State and local partners from investing in Iranís energy economy, which includes petroleum, natural gas or nuclear power. Divesting from their energy sector will reduce the Iranian regimeís ability to support terrorism across the globe.

The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010, is a federal program that gave authority for state and local governments to divest from those who do business with or invest in Iran. With the newest round of economic sanctions passed by Congress, and signed by the President, this measure goes a step further to assure that the Iranian regime feels the consequences of ignoring the international community on numerous important issues.

As an elected official, protecting the health, safety and well-being of this state and nationís citizens is a priority that I have consistently stood by. At times, extraordinary measures must be taken in order to preserve and protect ourselves against dangerous governments like Iran. As such, I proudly supported the passage of this measure, and clearly understand that the impact it will have on the Iranian regime is in the best interest of the United States and our allies. Now that New York State has done its part to protect America and our allies, we can continue to work to reduce the problem of taxes and jump-start our state economy.