Issues: Property Tax

Senate Budget Resolution Meets Real Needs

ALBANY, 03/14/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on passage of the senate’s budget resolution for fiscal year 2014-15:

“The senate budget plan fulfills many of the priorities expressed to me by families, employers, and community groups that make up my senate district.  Approval of the plan also means we are on track to pass an on-time state budget for a fourth straight year. 

“Among the highlights - property tax relief to combat the greatest expense families and business in New York face; education aid that will support our neediest schools; and job creation incentives which will help boost economic development.

March 14, 2014
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Times Ledger: Avella calls for tax relief for Queens homeowners

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is calling for an extension to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed renters’ tax relief that would allow owners of small homes within New York City to be included in the tax credits.

February 27, 2014
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2014-2015 Joint Legislative Tax Relief: Real or Illusion?

Senator John Bonacic questions Thomas Maddow about property taxes.

February 27, 2014
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Q & A About The New York State School Property Tax Exemption (STAR)

What is STAR?

The New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR) provides New York homeowners with partial exemptions from school property taxes. If you earn less than $500,000 and own and live in your home, you are probably eligible for the STAR exemption.

There are two types of STAR property tax exemptions:

Basic STAR is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the owners’ total income is less than $500,000. Basic STAR works by exempting the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes.

February 25, 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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Legislative Report - property and energy tax relief, unfunded mandates, closing the skills gap and ethics reform

Senator Ted O'Brien sat down to discuss some top priorities he will be working on this session.  These include implementing additional tax relief, working to pass his Unfunded Mandate Reform Act, striving to improve availability of job and skills training programs that help match unemployed people up with positions that are open now and fighting to tighten restrictions on how campaigns are financed and more effectively deal with those who flout the rules.

January 27, 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 Kennedy Outlines State of the State Highlights for Western New York

Senator Kennedy responds to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, delivered Wednesday in Albany. 

New investment to create jobs in Buffalo, initiatives to improve schools, property tax relief for homeowners are highlights for Kennedy.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, outlined several highlights from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address that will directly impact Western New York. Kennedy said the speech set the tone and the agenda for the upcoming legislative session, and he commended the Governor’s continued focus on Buffalo and Western New York.

January 8, 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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Regarding the New York State Tax Relief Commission Report

“I’m committed to making New York a more attractive place to live and work, so I welcome the Commission’s ideas on how best to accomplish that through tax relief.
“I, along with my colleagues in the Senate Republican Conference, have long advocated for a reduction in property taxes for individuals as well as a lowering of taxes on business. It’s encouraging to see this group echo that philosophy.”
“While I appreciate the Commission’s recommendations, I believe we can – and we should – go further.

December 17, 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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Seward: Governor’s New York State Tax Relief Commission Report Is Step In Right Direction

ONEONTA, 12/10/13 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on recommendations offered by the governor’s tax relief commission:

“Broad-based tax relief measures, that will make New York more economically competitive and ease the tax burden on hardworking individuals and families, are at the top of my priority list for 2014.

December 10, 2013
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The Unfunded Mandate Reform Act

HIGHLIGHTS:

Unfunded mandates cost New Yorkers $4 billion a year in additional costs to local governments and schools.
This is a leading contributor to the crushing burden of property taxes that New Yorkers pay.
The Unfunded Mandate Reform Act (S.4094-2013 – read the full Act here) requires the legislature to take a stand on the issue and repeal some of these mandates.

 

What are unfunded mandates?

December 9, 2013
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RITCHIE CALLS ON TAX DEPT. TO HOLD ‘STAR’ REGISTRATION EVENTS IN CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

One in Four Upstate Homeowners Still Need to Reapply 

With just weeks remaining until the deadline to reapply for the Basic STAR program, State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to host registration events in the region she represents. 

According to recent reports, the Tax Department has scheduled a new round of seven STAR registration events—all taking place in major cities along the Thruway and downstate and none being hosted in St. Lawrence, Oswego and Jefferson Counties. 

According to the most recent numbers released by the Tax Department, roughly 16,000 homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties still need to reapply for the program.  As of November 26th, 75 percent of homeowners in Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties have re-registered and 72 percent of those eligible have re-registered in Jefferson County. 

December 2, 2013
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CASHING IN ON “STAR” SAVINGS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

How does hundreds of extra dollars in your pocket each year sound?  If you’re a homeowner, that’s what you could be receiving through the state’s STAR program, which provides 2.6 million homeowners in New York State—including nearly 85,000 in our region—with savings on their school property tax bills each year.

Recently, dozens of people in the Central and Northern New York region  re-registered for this money saving program through my STAR workshops, held in Watertown, Gouveruer and Pulaski.  Made possible with the help of local assessors, these events were aimed at helping those who currently receive Basic STAR re-register for the benefit, as a new state law aimed at streamlining administration of the program, and also helping to prevent fraud, requires current enrollees to reapply.  The requirement does not affect senior homeowners who are enrolled in Enhanced STAR.

The Basic STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the combined income of resident owners and their spouses is $500,000 or less.  Married couples with multiple residences are only eligible to receive one Basic STAR exemption.

I’ve been working hard to spread the word about re-registering for this money-saving program, and as a result, more than 1,100 homeowners have clicked through my website to reapply online for Basic STAR.  Currently, according to state officials, more than 20,000 Basic STAR enrollees in our region still need to re-register.  I’m hopeful that 100 percent of program participants will reenroll by the December 31st deadline. 

November 18, 2013
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Consumer Alert: Governor Cuomo Warns New Yorkers About Deceptive STAR Program Solicitations

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today advised taxpayers to beware of solicitations offering a fee-based service to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemption – when homeowners can apply for free.

New homeowners have received letters offering to enroll them in the STAR Program for a substantial fee equivalent to the full amount of the taxpayers’ first year savings – which averages $700 statewide and can be as high as $3,000 for senior citizens in the Lower Hudson Valley and on Long Island. An example of these letters can be viewed here.

November 7, 2013
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