Issues: Income Tax

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #35: Help For Existing Businesses, Not Just New Ones

New York has the dubious distinction of ranking dead last among the 50 states in a survey of business tax climates. The governor’s initiative, START-UP NY, represented an out-of-the-box approach to lure jobs here.

However, we simply cannot earmark all of our tax breaks, credits and incentives for new businesses. The strength of an economy comes from existing business, and reducing their competitiveness to new companies can result in too many good jobs being lost.

October 9, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Statement on Education Tax-Credit Scam Endorsed in Daily News Editorial

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in reaction to a Daily News editorial that endorsed a tax credit scam that would siphon millions in taxpayer money to reimburse wealthy donors to well-funded private and charter schools:

"With respect to the Daily News editorial board, it looks like they've been hoodwinked by a tax-avoidance scam for wealthy donors to elite private schools. In fairness, they're hardly the first to be bamboozled.

"This private interest school tax-credit scam would literally refund donors more than they give to 'yet to be formed' educational charitable organizations -- basically paying the wealthy and corporations money back on their tax avoidance investments.

March 24, 2014
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Latimer's Office Makes & Other Related NYS Tax Forms Available

(PORT CHESTER, NY) State Senator George Latimer has announced that beginning immediately, NYS income tax forms, including the IT-201, will be available for pickup at the Senator's office or via delivery for senior citizens who request them.

Up until a few years ago, New York State used to send forms out by mail. With that service no longer available, Latimer's office has taken the initiative to perform this function for local taxpayers. Forms are also available online at www.tax.ny.gov/forms (which can be accessed by clicking on the button on the front page of this site)

January 31, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Joe Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses the 2014 budget, economic growth, business incentives, education reform with host Julia Lilkendey.

January 29, 2014
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Squadron Announces Legislation to Standardize Cancer Fund Checkoff Programs, Ensure Prostate Cancer Funds Go to Intended Use

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced legislation that would standardize the income tax return checkoff donation programs, bringing the prostate cancer fund in line with others and ensuring that the donations -- which are currently sitting unspent, waiting to be disbursed by a questionable organization that has lost its tax-exempt status -- go to their intended use. The Squadron legislation follows a report released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that highlighted a number of gaps in the tax checkoff programs, including the major issues with the prostate cancer fund.

January 16, 2014
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New York State Tax Reform Press Conference

I was pleased to join my colleagues in State government and local leaders today in supporting tax reforms proposed by Governor Cuomo at last week's State of the State address. These reforms will provide needed tax relief for hardworking families, and will help attract more businesses and create more jobs for Upstate New York. This is real change that will help the New York economy continue on its path to recovery.

January 15, 2014
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Session priorities: tax relief, economic development and ethics reform must be the Legislature's focus

This essay by Senator O'Brien ran in the Democrat & Chronicle on January 11, 2014

As a new legislative session in Albany begins, I am preparing to address serious challenges to our region’s well-being.

During his State of the State address, the governor made it clear that upstate tax relief is his top priority. Mine, too. Eliminating corporate and energy taxes for upstate manufacturers and implementing the governor’s call for additional property tax relief are on the top of my agenda, as well.

January 14, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #1: The Right Route For Government

Happy New Year!

My wife and I did some traveling for the holidays. Our destination was the same as the year before – and many years before that. One thing had changed, however. We didn’t agree on how to get there.

Governing is a lot like a road trip. All participants share a common destination, but the disagreements are always about what exact route to take.

State legislators and the governor, regardless of political affiliation, all want to help New York attract good-paying jobs and grow our economy. We also want to invest in our children and keep spending in check while maintaining services.

This week, Governor Cuomo will unveil his roadmap in a State of the State address. As always, I’m looking forward to hearing his plan.

January 2, 2014
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Monthly Column: New Senate report out with a focus on cutting taxes

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

This year’s State Budget continued middle-class tax rates at their lowest levels in 60 years, reduced taxes for small businesses under the personal income tax, and cut the corporate tax rate for manufacturers.  These positive initiatives began the process of chipping away at the State’s high tax burden.  New York’s last place finish, measured in business tax climate, needs to change.

 

Improving this ranking is critical to New York’s long-term economic growth.  That is why I am pleased to announce a new State Senate report with a focus on cutting taxes has been released.

 

December 18, 2013
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New Senate report recommends tax reform

A State Senate report is out with a focus on cutting taxes.  The new report calls for New York's personal income taxes, business taxes, and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified, and reduced.  Overall, the recommendations in the report will help to ensure a brighter, stronger and more prosperous economy for Western New York.

Click here to view the report.

December 16, 2013
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Senator Klein Announces Major Job Creation Program, “START-UP NEW YORK” in the Bronx

BRONX, NY– Standing under the dome of the Gould Memorial Library at Bronx Community College (BCC), State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced that BCC will be a host site for START-UP New York, a groundbreaking initiative that allows select colleges and universities to create tax-free zones on or near their academic campuses.

November 14, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN SENATE HEARING ON TAX POLICY AND REFORM INITIATIVES

Senator Jack M. Martins participated in a hearing held by the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations and the Senate Standing Committee on Finance to examine the tax policy in New York State and reform initiatives to find ways to provide relief to families and businesses in the state. 

October 3, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: ASSEMBLY SHOULD PASS LEGISLATION TO PREVENT COMMUTERS FROM LOSING STATE TAX BENEFITS TO FEDERAL GRIDLOCK

     With commuters’ federal and state pre-tax transit benefits set to expire at the end of the year, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is calling on the New York State Assembly to join the Senate in passing legislation to prevent New York State’s pre-tax mass transit benefit from being reduced because of gridlock in Washington. The benefit provides state tax savings to commuters who use the Long Island Rail Road and other mass transit.  

September 10, 2013
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O'Brien applauds innovative tax cut plan in Unshackle Upstate's "New Economic Revitalization Agenda"

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O'Brien expressed his support today for a broad range of tax relief proposals for Upstate New York detailed in Unshackle Upstate’s "New ERA" (Economical Revitalization Agenda) plan. The plan aims to energize the upstate economy and significantly relieve the tax burden on middle and working class families and small businesses.

September 3, 2013
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SENATE TO HOLD STATEWIDE HEARINGS ON TAX REFORM

Senators DeFrancisco & Marcellino To Chair Hearings on 

Reducing and Reforming NYS Taxes To Ease Burden on Taxpayers and Create Jobs

The state Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), and the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), have scheduled five statewide public hearings on how New York’s tax policies can be changed to reduce the burden on taxpayers and to help businesses create more jobs.  

August 16, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES INITIATIVE TO SUSPEND DRIVER LICENSES OF TAX DELINQUENTS WHO OWE MORE THAN $10,000 IN BACK TAXES

16,000 Tax Scofflaws Put on Notice

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced a new initiative to encourage individuals who owe significant back taxes to pay their bills. Under the new program, New York State will suspend a taxpayer’s driver’s license when their past-due tax liability exceeds $10,000. The crackdown is the result of legislation enacted in this year’s budget.

August 6, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO ENSURE COMMUTERS’ STATE TAX BENEFIT IS NOT AFFECTED AGAIN BY FEDERAL GRIDLOCK

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored to ensure that New York State’s pre-tax mass transit benefit, which provides state tax savings to commuters who use the Long Island Rail Road and other mass transit, is not reduced because of gridlock in Washington.

June 13, 2013
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