Issues: Property Tax

SENATOR KLEIN CALLS FOR EVEN MORE RELIEF FOR NEW YORK CITY HOMEOWNERS AND RENTERS

Plan Would Expand Upon Governor’s Proposed Property Tax Circuit Breaker

February 9, 2015
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Thinking Is Hard Work

     Just mention a tax break and New Yorkers’ eyes light up with sheer joy. You can’t blame us. We pay some of the highest property and personal income taxes in the country. That’s why Governor Cuomo’s most recent proposal for a nearly $1.7 billion tax credit known as a “circuit breaker” was initially met with such enthusiasm. I was initially enthusiastic about it too, but having examined it more closely, I’m afraid I have to throw a bit of cold water on what isn’t really a well-thought out plan.

February 3, 2015
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Seward Introduces Bill To End GEA

ONEONTA, 01/30/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that he has introduced legislation (S.2643) to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has cost New York school districts millions of dollars.

“I voted against the GEA when it passed in 2009 and have been working to erase this curse on our local schools ever since,” said Senator Seward.  “This hurtful policy was simply a cash-grab by the state that left schools reeling and trying to recover ever since.  It needs to end now.”

January 30, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Introduces Legislation to Repeal the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has introduced legislation that would abolish the Gap Elimination Adjustment imposed on public schools in New York in 2010.  The bill (S.2743) would eliminate the GEA starting in 2015-16 and provide school districts the full amount of education aid based on existing budget funding formulas. 

January 29, 2015
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Statement from Senator Bonacic on Property Tax Relief

Senate Republicans have a long history of fighting for property tax relief for hardworking homeowners and their families.  We created the original STAR school property tax relief program, led the fight for passage of the two-percent property tax cap, and initiated the STAR rebate check program, which was eliminated by Democrats in 2009.

While we look forward to discussing the specifics of Governor Cuomo's proposal when he unveils his entire Executive Budget, it is essential that any enacted property tax relief plan ensures all middle-income families in every region of the state receive property tax relief.

January 21, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT THEIR RIGHT TO APPEAL THEIR PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) is reminding residents that they have the right to file an appeal if they believe their property has been over-assessed by the Nassau County Department of Assessment. 

January 12, 2015
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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 Warns Public About Rebate Tax Scammers

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky today warned the public about reports of scammers attempting to illegally obtain personal information under the guise of confirming their eligibility for a state tax rebate.

“We are aware that scammers are targeting Central New York,” Senator Valesky said. “I urge everyone to be vigilant, to make sure their family and friends are aware of the scam, and to report any incidents to the Attorney General.”

October 1, 2014
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Seward Announces $100,000 Grant For Little Falls School

LITTLE FALLS, 09/18/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to assist the Little Falls City School District with budgetary needs. 

“Our schools are faced with growing financial demands while, at the same time, student needs are also on the rise,” said Senator Seward.  “I am pleased to partner with the Little Falls City School District in making certain that our students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and thrive when they leave.”

September 18, 2014
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Unshackle Upstate Gives Griffo Its Third Highest Senate Score

ALBANY – Unshackle Upstate, a bipartisan coalition of business and trade organizations representing more than 700,000 companies, has given Sen. Joseph A. Griffo its third highest grade for his votes in the Senate supporting businesses and taxpayers this legislative session.

Griffo scored a 88 out of 100 possible points by the pro-business group. The organization gave the senator favorable marks for his ‘yes’ votes on a series of bills aimed at reducing regulations on businesses. In addition, the group applauded his support of the on-time state budget, as well as his sponsorship of two bills that would limit new taxes and protect businesses from illegitimate unemployment claims.

August 20, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO, AND LEGISLATOR NICOLELLO HELP RESIDENTS APPLY FOR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Rich Nicolello recently sponsored a property tax exemptions workshop to help local residents save on their property taxes. The program was held at the Hillside Library in New Hyde Park.

     Specialists from the Nassau County Department of Assessment met one-on-one with homeowners to answer questions about New York State’s STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, as well as other property tax exemptions offered by Nassau County. Residents were also able to file applications for property tax exemptions on site.

August 11, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #28: What To Do With An Extra $4.2 Billion

Recently, a French bank named BNP Paribas admitted laundering $190 billion through financial institutions in our state. The money was originating in Sudan and Iran, two countries blacklisted by ours for their support of terrorist organizations.

The bank is paying a huge fine - $8.9 billion – for its crimes. Our state is receiving $3.6 billion from the settlement. It’s one of five financial settlements that will, together, bring in $4.2 billion in unexpected revenue in the 2015 fiscal year.

August 7, 2014
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SENATE PASSES VALESKY LEGISLATION TO INCREASE NUMBER OF LAND BANKS IN NYS

ALBANY--Yesterday, the State Senate passed legislation (S.6731) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) increasing the maximum number of land banks in the state to 20.

Land banks, entities that take control of problem properties and then redevelop or dispose of them in a manner consistent with the public’s interest, are a proven strategic tool for cities and counties where the number of vacant properties outpaces the private market’s ability to deal with them. Land banks are proving to be effective tools to reduce blight and advance community revitalization.

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Tax Relief Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed seven bills that would provide tax relief to businesses, expand exemptions from the job-killing MTA payroll tax, encourage historic preservation projects, reduce energy taxes, protect forestland, and provide tax benefits to disabled veterans, as well as teachers who purchase school supplies. “Providing additional tax relief to encourage job creation is an end-of-session priority for Senate Republicans,” Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos said.  “The measures we passed today build on the major tax relief initiatives Senate Republicans successfully fought for in the state budget to help make small businesses and manufacturers more competitive.” The bills approved by the Senate today include the following measures:

June 10, 2014
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"Your Voice" with Senator Griffo

On this week's episode, Senator Griffo breaks down the budget - taxes, spending, education, Common Core, higher ed, health care, agriculture, transporation and ethics.

With I Love My Parks Day upcoming, Griffo explains what state legislators are doing for the environment and for state parks. And finally, the senator recaps a forum on heroin and opioid abuse that he recently hosted in Utica.

"Your Voice" is hosted by Julia Lilkendey.

 

April 29, 2014
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