Issues: Property Tax

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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Senator Flanagan Reminds Homeowners To Apply For STAR Program

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) 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.  This program provides New York homeowners with partial exemptions from school property taxes that are taken directly off taxpayers property tax bills.

Homeowners who have not yet signed up for the STAR program can apply with their town assessor’s office.

February 8, 2011
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Ranzenhofer speaks on property tax cap legislation

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer speaks on the floor of the State Senate in support of property-tax cap legislation. Click here for more information on the legislation.

February 7, 2011
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Senate advances property tax cap, mandate relief

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate on Monday approved legislation capping the growth of school property taxes at 2 percent or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less.  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer voted for the act, Senate bill 2706.

“One of the reasons residents continue to leave New York State is high property taxes,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. “Homeowners are sick and tired of paying the highest property taxes in the nation – especially after the STAR rebate check program was eliminated.  A cap prevents property taxes levied by school districts and towns from sky-rocketing at current levels.”

February 5, 2011
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Senator Ball Brings Together Local Elected Officials

Ball: We have to work together, regardless of party affiliation, to come up with solutions.

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.

“We all have the same issues, and the solutions are in your heads,” Ball told the audience of Supervisors, Councilmen, Legislators, and other local officials. “The men and women in this room have so much knowledge at the local level to work from, and today is an opportunity to get something done in Albany. Let’s use this opportunity, as stewards of your local municipalities, to make changes that need to be made.”

February 3, 2011
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Senator Gustavo Rivera Votes NO on Property Tax Cap

New York, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera issued the following statement following his vote against S. 2706, also known as the property tax cap:

February 3, 2011
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Griffo Reports of Senate’s Quick Adoption of Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Measures

Griffo Reports of Senate’s Quick Adoption of Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Measures

(Albany) – Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today said that the Senate passed measures designed to give the New Yorkers relief from property taxes and to ease the burden of unfunded state mandates on schools and municipal governments. 

“We took the first major step today toward reining in runaway government spending,” said State Senator Griffo. “The property tax cap represents needed change to help make New York affordable again without compromising public safety or essential government services.”

February 2, 2011
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