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11/21/08 - Suffolk move aims to join NYC's Indian smoke shop suit

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Labeling the Poospatuck Indian reservation a "tax evasion haven," New York City's lead attorney in a lawsuit against smoke shops on the Mastic reservation Thursday estimated that Suffolk is losing $21 million in local sales tax revenue to illegal bootlegging.

Eric Proshansky, a deputy city corporation counsel made the estimate before county lawmakers approved a resolution directing the county attorney to piggyback onto the city lawsuit against the reservation's seven smoke shops.