Issues: Local Government

Governor Signs Tax Cap Into Law

From Anton Community Newspapers

By Rich Forestano and Melissa Argueta

It was met with ire by school districts and local villages and commended by residents and businesses. But on June 30, with positives and negatives aside, the bill became law.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Lynbrook last week to sign the 2 percent property tax cap into law. The tax cap was a major platform Governor Cuomo touted during his campaign to deliver property tax relief to homeowners and business owners across the state.

July 11, 2011
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Elmont Basketball Tournament Set For Saturday

Final preparations for the annual 3-on-3 Basketball tournament being held at Elmont’s Dutch Broadway School on Saturday, July 16th have kicked into high gear. The site of the tourney is Dutch Broadway School which is located at 1880 Dutch Broadway, Elmont. The raindate for the tournament is Sunday, July 17th. Tournament organizers are very excited over community support and the response of teams entering into the contests. The tournament is played in memory of David Dangerfield a fallen NYC firefighter whose work within the community in sports and education was widely respected.

July 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks About Basketball Tournament

Senator Martins spoke about the basketball tournament in Elmont on July 16.

July 11, 2011
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FAMILY SAFETY DAY

Brooklyn Families Safety is Top Priority
Senator Parker helps Central Brooklyn Families Stay Safe
 
Brooklyn, NY-   Join Senator Parker on Family Safety Day, the

July 8, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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SENATOR GIANARIS AND ASSEMBLYMEMBER SIMOTAS WORK TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC AND SAFETY IN LIC

Sent letter to NYC DOT requesting side-angle and alternate side parking.

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas are working together to improve traffic and safety measures for local residents and workers in western Queens, specifically those located near 14th Street between 34th Avenue and 33rd Road in Long Island City. Senator Gianaris and Assemblymember Simotas sent a letter to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) requesting the establishment of angled parking at these streets due to an inadequate amount of available parking spaces in the area.

July 7, 2011
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Security gates get makeover to fight graffiti

Queens Courier wrote about the roll down gates press conference Senator Gianaris participated in.

New York City storefronts are getting a makeover.

July 6, 2011
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Wager Honored in Street Co-Naming

Queens Gazette wrote an article about the event co-naming part of Steinway Street the "Julie Wager Way." Senator Gianaris, a friend and supporter of Julie Wager, spoke at the event. 

Members of Julie Wager’s family along with Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr., state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Central Astoria Local Development Coalition President George Stamatiades, gathered together amid a friendly crowd on June 30 for the co-naming of the corner of Steinway Street and Broadway, Julie Wager Way.

Family, friends and local officials exchanged stories of their lost friend.

July 6, 2011
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Historic Property Tax Cap Signed Into Law

Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues from Long Island joined with Governor Andrew Cuomo in Lynbrook for the historic signing of the tax cap legislation. The new law limits the tax levy growth to two percent or the annual increase in the CPI, whichever is less.

July 1, 2011
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Mayor, City Council reach budget deal

Queens Chronicle included Senator Gianaris' statements on the restoration of Ladder 128 in LIC as part of the New York City budget.

Seven weeks after detailing an executive budget fraught with some of the most severe cuts the city has ever seen, Mayor Bloomberg, joined by members of the City Council, announced last Friday night that they had reached an agreement on an on-time fiscal year 2012 plan that averts teacher layoffs and the closure of fire companies and senior centers.

June 30, 2011
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Senator Martins Joins with Governor Cuomo For Historic Property Tax Cap Law Signing

Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues from Long Island joined with Governor Andrew Cuomo in Lynbrook for the historic signing of the tax cap legislation. The new law limits the tax levy growth to two percent or the annual increase in the CPI, whichever is less.

June 30, 2011
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Senator Martins Fights for Mandate Relief to Accompany Tax Cap

On Friday night, June 24, the New York State Senate passed landmark legislation that was negotiated between the Senate, Assembly and the Governor. The new law will call for a 2 percent tax cap on municipalities and school districts to ease the property tax burden for taxpayers across the state. A significant part of the legislation was mandate relief that Senator Jack M. Martins, chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, fought to include as part of the tax cap bill.

Mandates handed down from the state on school districts and local governments, which are not funded by the state, are ultimately passed on to the taxpayers. Easing some of these burdens will help bring tax relief to Long Island property owners.

June 29, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Praises Restoration of Ladder 128

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris lauded the saving of Ladder 128, in Long Island City. Ladder 128 was one of 20 fire companies throughout New York City that was marked for closure due to budget cuts. After sustained protests regarding these closures it was announced on Friday, June 24 that all fire companies, including Ladder 128 would remain open.

Ladder 128 serves the neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City and Greenpoint.

“Ladder 128 is vital to our community and I am thankful it will remain open to ensure our neighborhood receives the fire protection it requires,” Senator Gianaris said. “It goes to show what can be accomplished when our community comes together to fight to protect our quality of life.”

June 28, 2011
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Sen Krueger Explains Her Vote on Package of Bills That Included Rent Regulation, Property Tax Cap and Mandate Relief

Last Friday, the New York State Senate voted on a package of bills that included issues ranging from rent regulation renewal to a property tax cap (for areas outside of NYC) to mandate relief. While Senator Krueger ultimately voted in favor of the bill, she had – and continues to have – many concerns about the legislation. She detailed some of my concerns while explaining my vote on the floor.

June 28, 2011
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Local governments may have cost-saving contract options

By Melissa Daniels, staff writer

GateHouse News Service Posted Jun 27, 2011 @ 10:09 AM

Canandaigua, N.Y. —

Taxpayer dollars may be saved from high contract costs thanks to new legislation that allows local governments to get the same prices on the same products.

The bill, which was recently passed in the state Senate and is pending in the Assembly, would allow governments to “piggy-back” off each other’s purchasing contracts — specifically at the state and federal levels.

Debbie Gierman, purchasing director for Ontario County, said the county will continue to send out bids for purchases, but the ability to use an existing contract does offer more options.

June 28, 2011
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Senator Martins Explains His Vote on the Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Legislation

Senator Jack M. Martins co-sponsored legislation to enact a tax cap along with mandate relief. He explained his vote on the floor of the Senate on the last night of an historic legislative session.

June 27, 2011
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SENATE PASSES HISTORIC PROPERTY TAX CAP LEGISLATION

Bill Also Provides for Mandate Relief

The New York State Senate today passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes.

The bill (S.5856), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, will cap school and local government taxes to less than two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower. Mandate relief is also included, with $127 million in savings to local governments, in addition to the creation of a Mandate Relief Council to identify and repeal unsound, unduly burdensome laws and regulations.

June 27, 2011
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Senator Martins on an Historic Legislative Session in Albany

Senator Jack M. Martins speaks about an historic legislative session in Albany during which a budget was passed that cuts spending in order to close a $10 billion budget deficit. The State Senate also worked together with the Governor to pass tax cap legislation. Senator Martins also led the way in providing mandate relief to school districts and local governments.

June 27, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Nothing worth doing is ever easy…

Sometimes, writing a weekly column about state government is more challenging than others. There are complex issues not easily addressed in so few words yet are of vital importance to my constituents. This is unquestionably one of those subjects.

This past week, together with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly, the NY State Senate passed an historical and long-overdue tax cap. While New Yorkers will finally get the tax-relief we deserve some very real problems have come along with it. Most pressing among these are public employee pensions.

June 27, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE STATEMENT ON END OF LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Agreement on property tax relief ‘caps’ year when Albany started working again

The 2011 legislative session, my first as the State Senator representing Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, will be remembered as the year Albany started working again.

Partnering with our new Governor, Andrew Cuomo, we kept our promise to reduce taxes and spending, and took the first steps toward putting New York on a new path to better jobs and a stronger economy.

We passed an on-time budget and historic ethics reform to rebuild New Yorkers’ trust and confidence in their government and elected officials.

We “capped” it all off with a two-percent property tax cap that provides certainty and relief to homeowners and businesses, and will stop the flow of families, businesses and jobs out of New York.

June 27, 2011
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