Issues: Property Tax

Statement From Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos

Two years ago, Democrats and Republicans laid aside their differences and enacted a property tax cap that finally put the brakes on rising property taxes in New York. 

Passage of the property tax cap, a long-held Senate GOP priority, sent an unmistakable message to New Yorkers who were drowning in property taxes and finding it difficult to pay their bills.  And, it served notice to the old voices of the Albany status quo, whose answer to everything was always to spend more and tax more.

While it’s clear that this lawsuit has no merit, Senate Republicans are determined to protect the property tax cap for New Yorkers and their families.

February 20, 2013
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LaValle Bill Establishes School Tax Cap for Seniors.

A bill to amend the real property tax law to establish a capped real property school tax rate for persons 70 years of age or older who meet the eligibility requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption has been introduced in the New York State Senate by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I –Port Jefferson).

The bill, Senator LaValle said, provides seniors with a choice depending on individual circumstances. Seniors, under the bill, can either have their real property school tax rate frozen as of the day that they turn 70 years of age or receive a STAR rebate check. 

February 12, 2013
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RITCHIE CONTINUES TO ADVOCATE FOR MANDATE RELIEF

Senator Patty Ritchie questions state Corrections Commissioner Brian Fischer concerning the problem of state parole violators filling local county jails--at county taxpayer expense. 

February 6, 2013
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Senator Stavisky, Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, and Community Leaders Discuss Tax Abatement Legislation

 

Legislation Approved By Senate and Assembly Would Treat

Co-Ops and Condo Owners More Fairly

February 1, 2013
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A Message from Senator Stavisky Regarding Co-op and Condo Abatements

 

Dear Friend,

Many of you have contacted me and other legislators to express your concern about the expiration of the Co-op and Condo tax abatement.

In Albany, we have been focused on resolving this issue for many months, and I am delighted to inform you that last night the Senate passed legislation, 56-7, extending the tax abatement.

January 25, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Senator Klein’s Statement on Passage of Co-op/Condominium Tax Credit Renewal

Today, the New York State Senate passed the renewal of the co-op/condominium tax credit with overwhelming support. Senator Klein called the bill critical and commonsense.

January 23, 2013
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Senator Gipson Addresses the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce

Last week, Senator Gipson joined fellow Dutchess County legislators Assemblymembers Didi Barrett, Kevin Cahill and Kieran Lalor to address the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce members at Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie. 

Charlie North of the DCCoC MC'd the lively Q&A session where the Senator answered questions ranging from hydro-fracking to Fair Wage issues.

Senator Gipson, himself a small business owner, pledged his support for measures that would cut property taxes through changes in the way New York State funds education, and vowed to protect the state's drinking water by demanding answers on the dangers of Hydro-fracking.

January 19, 2013
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ADDABBO CO-SPONSORS NEW LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF TO HOMEOWNERS DEVASTATED BY HURRICANE SANDY

Queens, NY, January 17, 2013 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), a member of the newly formed Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy, is co-sponsoring new legislation (S.2128/A.39) that would provide needed relief from property taxes for New York City homeowners whose properties were badly damaged by the catastrophic, late-October storm. 

January 17, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Tax Cap Confusion

I am sure you can imagine the phone calls and emails my office took this week as homeowners received their school tax statements. As a pretty seasoned public servant, I can tell you that as sure as the moon raises the tides, taxes raise blood pressures.

This time was no different, except people were asking me, “What happened to the tax cap?” In these cases, they knew their school district had voted to keep the budget at the cap, so they were understandably shocked when they received tax increases of much larger rates.

October 17, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO & MAYOR ALTADONNA TO SPONSOR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION WORKSHOP IN MASSAPEQUA PARK

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), in partnership with County Executive Ed Mangano and Mayor James Altadonna, will be sponsoring a Property Tax Exemption Workshop on Friday, October 19th from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Massapequa Park Village Hall (151 Front Street, Massapequa Park).

     Exemption specialists from the Nassau County Department of Assessment will be equipped with computers linked to the county’s database, and property tax exemption applications for Basic STAR, Enhanced STAR, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, veterans, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians will be processed. County staffers will also provide assistance and answer any questions residents have about these exemptions.

October 3, 2012
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Working to Reduce Your Property Taxes

I wanted to give you a quick update on our progress in making New York State a more affordable place to live and work.

For far too long, high property taxes have made it tough for hardworking families to balance their household budgets, and seniors to afford to stay in their homes.

High property taxes not only strain family finances, they also hurt our economy and cost us jobs. That’s why property tax relief is one of my top priorities as your state Senator.

We are achieving positive results.

Our historic property tax cap is putting the brakes on runaway property tax increases. We also have reduced government spending, and reformed pension and Medicaid mandates on local governments to rein in the property tax burden.

September 26, 2012
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ON THE RECORD: SENATOR RITCHIE DISCUSSES IDEAS FOR MANDATE RELIEF

Senator Patty Ritchie was interviewd on WRVO Public Radio on her idea to provide additional mandate relief for local taxpayers by addressing the problem of state prisoners currently being held in local county jails.

Senator Ritchie has written to the Commissioner of Corrections and Community Supervision to ask that he use underfilled state prisons, such as the Watertown Correctional Facility at Dry Hill, to hold state parole violators who are being housed in overstocked county jails in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

September 7, 2012
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SKELOS TAPS GALLIVAN AS NEW CHAIR OF COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

Area Business Leaders Laud Choice of Western New York Senator  

ALBANY - Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C-I, Rockville Centre) announced today that Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.

July 2, 2012
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Schools Ravaged By Irene & Lee Receive Special Waiver

ALBANY, 06/19/12 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) announced today that school districts, unable to open on time last fall due to damages incurred during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, will not be penalized for lost days under legislation passed by both houses.

“Buildings at many school districts across upstate New York were under water to start the school year following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,” said Senator Seward.  “For some, repairing, sanitizing and prepping the buildings for student use took an extended period of time.  Such extraordinary circumstances should not cost schools and their taxpayers any loss of state aid.”

June 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILLS MAKING IT EASIER TO OBTAIN STAR EXEMPTIONS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to simplify the process for senior citizens and other qualifying homeowners to apply for and receive their STAR property tax exemption.  Legislation (S1924), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I, - Garden City), would eliminate the requirement that senior citizens reapply for the STAR property tax exemption every year.

June 11, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Working To Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks

In an effort to provide tax relief to Long Island homeowners, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently voted to restore the STAR Rebate Check program.  The program, which was eliminated in 2009 when the Senate Democrats were in the majority in the Senate, would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to families across the state starting in the 2013-14 school year.

Senator Flanagan was a leader in the fight to create the original STAR Rebate Check program in 2006 and has been fighting to get it restored since it was eliminated during budget negotiations in 2009.

June 8, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO RESTORE STAR PROPERTY TAX REBATE CHECKS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation he cosponsors to restore the STAR property tax rebate check program. Restoring the program would deliver valuable property tax savings to senior citizens and middle class families.

     “Long Island families pay some of the country’s highest property taxes and many are stretching their family budgets thin to survive in this economy. They need real and direct tax relief. Restoring the STAR rebate check program would deliver valuable property tax savings to overtaxed, overburdened Long Island families and allow them to keep more of their hard earned money,” said Senator Fuschillo.

June 6, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Votes to Restore the Middle Class STAR Rebate Program

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced Senate approval today of legislation he co-sponsored to restore the Middle Class STAR Rebate check program.

This program was originally designed to give relief to overtaxed property owners. Unfortunately, the property tax rebate was repealed in 2009 under the leadership of the former NYC based Senate Democratic Majority. This is an important program that gives help to homeowners who are struggling to pay local property taxes. With homeowners experiencing difficulty with their finances because of the troubled state of our economy, it is more important than ever to re-instate the STAR Rebate Program.

June 6, 2012
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