Issues: Property Tax

Senator Gianaris Fights Electricity Rate Increase

Sends letter to the federal government requesting reconsideration

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is fighting the passage of a drastic increase to electricity rates in New York City. He is calling for the federal government to reconsider its decision to increase electricity rates by 12 percent for residents and by 17.5 percent for businesses Such a rate hike would cause major increases to monthly electricity bills, which could hurt the ability of residents and businesses to pay their expenses. He has sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting that they re-evaluate the necessity of this increase.

April 4, 2011
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Senator Gianaris on CBS 2 at 6 PM

Senator Gianaris will be on CBS 2 to discuss the increased electricity rates passed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The interview will be at 6pm and hosted by Marcia Kramer.

April 1, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Bloomberg Rails Against Government’s Attempted ‘Power’ Play

CBS 2 posted on its website an article about the increased rates for electricty in New York City, which was passed by the federal government. The article includes my response to this hike.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s an electric bill shocker for New York City residents.

In a stunning move, the federal government granted a windfall $1.5 billion increase to the companies that produce electricity, sending bills soaring for the next three summers.

A furious Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday the hefty hike is unwarranted and that he is trying to appeal, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

April 1, 2011
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Skelos, Ball meet with Business Leaders: MTA, Property Taxes and Hostile Business Climate Top Concerns

ALBANY, NY (March 23, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, C—Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R, C—Nassau) met with over 30 members of The Business Council of Westchester yesterday, as part of the group’s annual summit in Albany.The Senators spoke with the council on a variety of pressing issues facing the business community including, MTA Tax, property taxes, state spending, Medicaid, business development, deregulation, and ways to create a more friendly business environment.“It is imperative that we work with the business community to include provisions for job creation in this year’s budget. We need to make New York State more competitive in attracting and retaining business” stated Ball after the meeting.

March 23, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Library Officials

Senator Jack M. Martins met with library advocates from Franklin Square, Mineola, Port Washington, New Hyde Park, Elmont, Hicksville, Manhasset and Floral Park at the State Capitol this past week to discuss the State budget and library funding. Senator Martins met with the group to discuss strategies to help libraries and build support for these vital community institutions.

"Libraries are much more than books today," said Senator Martins. "People use the Internet, look for a job, attend workshops, participate in community forums and do research as well as attend events. Libraries are the lifeblood of communities and we have to insure they are given the resources and tools they need to do provide services for the greater community."

March 7, 2011
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Senator Flanagan And Senator Martins Host Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Hearing

To gather expert testimony on the most effective way for New York State to proceed in its efforts to provide tax relief to its residents while protecting valuable services, Senator Jack M. Martins, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, and Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, hosted a joint hearing entitled “The True Path to Reducing New York’s Real Property Tax Burden: Mandate Relief and Tax Caps”.

February 22, 2011
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STILL TIME TO APPLY FOR STAR SAVINGS

            OLEAN, N.Y. – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) is urging all homeowners to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) program prior to the upcoming March 1st deadline, if they have not done so already. 

February 18, 2011
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Join the Fight to Cap Property Taxes Now!

New York homeowners are sick and tired of paying the highest property taxes in the nation.Property tax increases have made it difficult for seniors to stay in their homes, tougher for young people to afford to purchase their first home and have squeezed the budgets of families and businesses across the state.Placing a cap on school and local government property taxes would provide the relief that homeowners desperately need.I recently supported Senate passage of a property tax relief bill that would cap the growth of local tax levies at two percent or the consumer price index, whichever is less.

February 18, 2011
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Senator Zeldin Attends Senate Hearing on Mandate Relief and a Real Property Tax Cap

Garden City, NY-  State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) attended a public hearing today on Mandate Relief and the creation of a Real Property Tax Cap.  Long Island Senators John Flanagan (R, C, I- East Northport) and Jack Martins (R,C, I-Mineola) hosted this joint committee hearing in Nassau County, NY, and invited Zeldin (above, right) to participate on the panel.  This hearing focused on the policies and mechanisms that can be used to accomplish the two goals of Mandate Relief and a Real Property Tax Cap, as well as their impact on taxpayers, local governments, school districts, labor, businesses and jobs.

 

February 17, 2011
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STAR Program

If you own your home, and are turning 65 or older anytime during 2011, and meet the income requirements, you may qualify for the “Enhanced” STAR program that can help reduce your school taxes this year. Enhanced STAR offers a bigger break on your property taxes than Basic STAR, which is available to most other homeowners.

You must apply for this important property tax relief benefit, and the deadline is March 1, 2011 in most towns and cities. (Exceptions include Utica, which has a deadline of Aug. 1; and Rome, with a deadline of July 26. But you can still send in your application now.) You won’t have to reapply every year if you enroll in the optional Income Verification Program.

February 17, 2011
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Senator Ball Passes Three Bills Through Veterans' Committee

New York Veterans Urge Assembly to Also Pass Major Legislation that Guarantees Veterans Property Tax for Surviving Spouses, and Establishes Atomic War Veterans and War on Terror Expeditionary Medals

February 16, 2011
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Join the Fight - Cap NYC Property Taxes Now

One of the most pressing issues facing all New Yorkers is increasing property taxes. For many, it is the defining factor that contributes to their exodus from our City and State. Now more than ever we need to enact a common sense plan that takes an aggressive stance and puts an end to out of control property tax increases.

February 16, 2011
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NYS Senator Greg Ball Legislative Report - February 15, 2011

State Senator Greg Ball hosts his February 15 legislative report with 12-year-old Tea Party Activist Michael Buffone and Peter Gadiel, President of 9/11 Families for a Secure America.

February 15, 2011
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LaValle Invites Budget Stakeholders to Provide Input, Grassroots Effort Examines Budget and Local Impact.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,I, C – Port Jefferson) today said he is conducting a broad, grassroots examination of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s  proposed executive budget and meeting with local stakeholders to hear firsthand how the budget impacts local groups, organizations and individuals.

“The State has a $10 billion budget gap that demands we realign priorities, eliminate waste and make very difficult decisions about programs and services,” LaValle said. “We have a $130 billion budget and must work within its footprint.”

“I am determined that the budget process be open and transparent,” LaValle said.

February 15, 2011
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Senator Ball Hosts Local Elected Officials Summit

CARMEL, NY (02/03/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) hosted a bi-partisan summit today to develop common solutions for local problems, such as MS4, mandate relief, government consolidation, and resource sharing. The summit included presentations from Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge, Vincent Tamangna, Chairman of the Putnam County Legislature, and Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt.

February 14, 2011
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SENATOR LANZA REMINDS STATEN ISLANDERS TO APPLY FOR STAR AND OTHER EXEMPTIONS TO SAVE MONEY ON PROPERTY TAXES – Deadline March 15th

              Most Staten Island residents are enrolled in the Basic STAR Program which is available to all New Yorkers who own and live in their home. In addition to the Basic STAR program, homeowners may qualify for other exemptions such as the Enhanced STAR Exemption (for seniors over 65), Senior Citizens Homeowners’ Exemption, the Veteran’s Exemption and the Disabled Homeowners’ Exemption. Senator Lanza has worked with the Department of Finance to develop a way for homeowners to view what exemptions they currently carry as well as those they may be eligible for.

February 14, 2011
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February 9, 2011 - Senator Flanagan Discusses Education Aid On Long Island Talks

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) appears on Long Island Talks on News12 Long Island.

February 10, 2011
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PROPERTY TAX CAP PASSES SENATE

Senator Kennedy adds momentum behind push for governor’s tax cap bill, mandate relief proposal

 ALBANY, N.Y. – With Western New York families and businesses struggling under the largest tax burden in the nation, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, co-sponsored Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s property tax cap program bill – which caps the growth of property taxes at the lesser of two percent or the rate of inflation – to help push the tax cap through the Senate.

It’s an important step forward in the bipartisan efforts of Senator Kennedy and his colleagues to combat the state’s skyrocketing taxes.

February 9, 2011
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