Issues: Property Tax

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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SENATE UNVEILS “NEW JOBS-NY” JOB CREATION PLAN

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan and members of the Senate Republican Conference today continued their strong focus on job creation and economic growth by announcing that the Senate will pass legislation next week to implement the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.

The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.

May 23, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

More Than Just a Tax Cap

I think people in neighboring states could hear New Yorkers breathe a collective sigh of relief this past week as we finally began to see the effects of our new tax cap. More than anything else, property taxes have been the overriding issue in New York for many years, especially since they’ve grown on average more than 6 percent a year for ten years, double the rate of inflation. So, after leading the nation in runaway increases for so long, we finally hit the brakes in 2011 with a tax cap that had bi-partisan support in both houses of the legislature. With limited exceptions, it holds increases in school and local property taxes to two percent a year, or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

May 1, 2012
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Property Tax Cap

Published reports show the vast majority of school districts throughout New York are presenting budgets to voters that fall within the 2 percent property tax cap adopted by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.  This is good news for taxpayers. Passage of a school property tax cap which finally slams the door on massive tax increases that middle-class families could not afford was a long-held priority of the Senate Republican conference.  In fact, the Senate approved the very first property tax cap bill in 2008. I am pleased that we have successfully worked with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly to produce two budgets that reduced state spending, and enacted a property tax cap that helps taxpayers and moves our state forward.

April 26, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO HELP TAXPAYERS

  On New York State’s tax filing deadline, the state Senate yesterday passed legislation that would expedite payment of income tax refunds and simplify STAR property tax relief filings for senior citizens.    A bill sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset) ensures prompt payment of a state income tax refund. Traditionally, the state Department of Taxation and Finance has held returns requesting refunds for up to two months, starting from when taxpayers file their return to when they may actually see the refund.

April 18, 2012
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State Aid To Help Pick Up Repair Tab To Rebuild From Irene & Lee

ONEONTA, 04/11/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded Governor Cuomo’s announcement that New York State will cover the local share of disaster response and recovery costs resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

April 11, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Senate Republican Conference Votes Down Six Pieces of Legislation Which Would Provide Aid and Opportunities to New Yorkers

Health Care Exchange Legislation Would Ensure Better Insurance Options and Protection for Many Currently without Coverage

DREAM Act and Increased Foundation Aid Would Provide Greater Access and Resources for New York’s Education System

April 3, 2012
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Griffo Says that Sales Tax Relief Will Be Boon For Families

Griffo: New Yorkers to See Benefit at Cash Registers Tomorrow

March 31, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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Senator Ranzenhofer discusses actions taken in Senate Budget resolution

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses actions taken in the State Senate's one-house budget resolution on March 12, including the restoration of STAR rebate checks for seniors.

March 14, 2012
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State Senate Passes 2012-13 Budget Resolution

Griffo Says Senate Plan Emphasizes Job Creation & Fiscal Responsibility

(Albany)- Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) said today that the State Senate passed its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution that aims to control state spending, avoid new taxes, fees and unfunded mandates and helps create new jobs.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends slightly less than the Executive Budget.  The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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Electeds HOLD FREE Tax Lien HELP on MARCH 8 IN GLENDALE

Senator Joe Addabbo, Assembly Member Mike Miller, City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley Help District Property Owners

 

March 13, 2012
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