Issues: Property Tax

March 4, 2013
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES 2013 FAMILY TAX RELIEF ACT

Senate Republican Plan Will Expand Tax Breaks, Restore STAR Rebates

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing a package of tax relief and reform measures aimed at providing a major economic boost to New York State’s middle class families.

Announced Monday, the 2013 Family Tax Relief Act would increase tax breaks for the middle class that have not kept pace with inflation, and in some instances, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years.  In addition, the act would restore STAR rebates that were eliminated in 2009. 

March 4, 2013
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GALLIVAN, SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL FAMILY TAX RELIEF ACT

Plan Would Increase Tax Credits to Help Struggling Middle Class Families, Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks for Millions of New Yorkers

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures designed to provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.

The Senate Republican plan would increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation, and, in some instances, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years. The plan also restores the STAR property tax rebate check program to provide real and direct relief to millions of New Yorkers who pay some of the highest property taxes in the country.

March 4, 2013
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Senate Republicans Unveil Family Tax Relief Act

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures designed to provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.   The Senate Republican plan would increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation, and, in some instances, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years.  The plan also restores the STAR property tax rebate check program to provide real and direct relief to millions of New Yorkers who pay some of the highest property taxes in the country.

March 4, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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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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