Issues: Property Tax

Press Conference: News Conference on Property Tax Cap

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and representatives of business organizations from across the state will hold a news conference on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 124 of the Capitol to urge the Assembly to act on the Governor’s property tax cap legislation.

Joining members of the Senate and Assembly Republican conferences at the event will be representatives of the following organizations: The Business Council of New York State; Long Island Association; National Federation of Independent Business; North Country Chamber of Commerce; Westchester County Association; Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce; and The Business Council of Westchester.


April 12, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Senator Gianaris Introduces Ratepayer Protection Act

Targets Companies That Unfairly Raise Electric Rates

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris announced that he will be introducing legislation to safeguard New Yorkers against unfair increases to electricity bills. The proposal, dubbed “The Ratepayer Protection Act” eliminates property tax exemptions and abatements for power-generating corporations that unfairly raise their rates. The legislation was introduced in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision to approve a rate hike by power generating companies in New York.

Recently, FERC approved the 12% increase in electricity rates for New York City residents and a 17.5% increase for New York City businesses, which would be implemented on May 28, 2011.

April 11, 2011

Could electric rates double over 3 years?

Queens Chronicle wrote an article about the electricity rate increases and power companies' property tax cuts that will affect all New Yorkers. I am calling on the federal government to reverse this decision.

Federal regulators are reconsidering a decision that could hike electric rates in the city 16 percent this year for residential customers and 21.5 percent for businesses, though there’s no guarantee they’ll change their minds, a state senator from Queens said this week.

April 7, 2011

Pol out to switch off rate hike

The New York Post wrote an article today on legislation Senator Gianaris has authored and will introduce to the Senate in response to the electricity rate increases. His bill is called the Ratepayer Protection Act.

A Queens lawmaker wants to pull the plug on the looming electricity rate hike.

The city's private power-plant operators would have to return every extra penny they collect from a rate increase approved by a recent federal ruling to households and businesses, according to state legislation being formulated by Democratic state Sen. Michael Gianaris.

Read the full article here.

April 7, 2011

Senator Flanagan Announces Early Completion Of State Budget

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Legislature has finalized the state budget prior to the April 1st deadline.  The budget, which was crafted by working with Governor Andrew Cuomo, achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

April 6, 2011

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

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

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

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 22, 2011

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

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


            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

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

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

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

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

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

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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