We owe a great deal to the men and women of our armed services, as well as parents whose children were lost in the preservation of our freedom.
While state legislators recognize there are no perfect words or gestures to appropriately express our gratitude, we do try to recognize this sacrifice by making it easier for veterans to live and work in New York.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding all Town of Babylon residents that the filing period to apply for New York State’s School Tax Relief (STAR) program and other property tax exemptions in the Town of Babylon is currently underway. The filing period runs through March 1st.
ALBANY, 01/04/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address:
“Partnering with Governor Cuomo last year, we ended partisan gridlock and a number of successful initiatives were realized. Now it is time to continue our Empire State resurgence.
“The governor’s focus on creating private sector jobs runs parallel with my own. His innovative approach to utilizing public/private partnerships is especially appealing and I was pleased he singled out tourism as a sector in need of additional state support.
In his delivery of the State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo managed to strike a balance which was both optimistic and realistic. With a new spirit of cooperation in Albany, unlike the dysfunction we have been witnessing in Washington, we were able to make state government work for the people once again, and made 2011 the most productive year in modern state history.
After Albany approved a sweeping tax reform and job growth plan designed to provide income tax reductions to 4.4 million New Yorkers and thousands of small businesses, Western New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th Senate District) announced an additional proposal to implement a strict cap on all income tax revenues collected under the state’s brand new income tax bracket structure.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding all Nassau County residents that the deadline to file applications for property tax exemptions, including the New York State School Tax Relief (STAR) program, is January 2, 2012.
"New York State’s STAR program, as well as other tax exemptions offered by Nassau County, can help eligible homeowners save money on their property taxes. If you haven’t already applied for STAR or other property tax exemptions for which you might be eligible, be sure to do so by the January 2nd deadline,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – The Business Council of New York State recently released their 2011 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State legislators’ “Commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session.” Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) received the Business Council’s highest score.
This year, working with Governor Cuomo, we were able to enact a long-overdue property tax cap that caps property taxes at 2 percent annually. This is a great first step, but as I have said all along, capping property taxes can only work when combined with comprehensive mandate relief for local governments.
When the last legislative session began, Governor Cuomo and the Senate decided to enact an important measure to reign in out-of-control property tax increases. With bi-partisan support in the Senate and the Assembly, a 2 percent property tax cap was passed to slow the growth of taxes being imposed on families and businesses throughout the state and especially here on Long Island.
Governor Cuomo recently explained the need for a tax cap:
ONEONTA, 11/01/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded an administrative decision to reschedule the due date for an “extra” mandated Medicaid payment from counties in 2012. The slight postponement will save homeowners and taxpayers millions of dollars statewide.
“Local elected leaders are already dealing with enough bureaucratic red tape and increased costs without adding an unintentional calendar quirk to the equation,” said Senator Seward. “By reversing the mandate that would have forced counties to write an additional check in 2012, taxpayers will avoid a costly expense.”
ONEONTA, 10/17/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation (S.5889-B) that will reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system through a phased-in state takeover - gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments and funded by property taxes.
“After working for years to convert the masses in Albany, a property tax cap is finally in place,” said Senator Seward. “The cap is a major milestone but it needs to be linked to substantial mandate relief for local governments – a step we can take by exorcising the biggest mandate demon – Medicaid.”
On October 3, 2011, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer joined with state and local officials from throughout New York to support legislation (S.5889B/A.8644) that would structurally reform the existing Medicaid cost structure and shift the local share of Medicaid costs to the State.
"I have long supported a state takeover of Medicaid costs, the largest unfunded mandate placed on the property tax," said Senator Oppenheimer. "Local governments must be given the means to reduce their costs and lower the property tax burden. I co-sponsor this proposal because it provides real relief for taxpayers in the form of a freeze on increases now and a phased-in assumption of Medicaid costs by the State."
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) has announced that Governor Cuomo signed into law two tax bills that he sponsored this year.
The first law amends an existing tax law to allow for a refund when a personal or corporate income tax overpayment is made instead of applying it to the following year.
Buffalo-- Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-Erie, Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D,I,WF-Westchester) were joined by state and local officials from across western New York Wednesday to announce bipartisan legislation (S.5889-B) that will structurally reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system by incrementally transferring full responsibility for funding the $44 billion program to the State -- gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments. Senator Roy McDonald (R,C,I – Saratoga) is also a primary sponsor of the Senate legislation, but was unable to join his colleagues at the press conference.
Senators Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie) and Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga), and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) will propose reforms to the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid System that will provide immediate and permanent mandate relief for the State’s struggling local governments.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie) will propose reforms to the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid System that will provide immediate and permanent mandate relief for the State’s struggling local governments.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie), Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) conducted a press conference Monday in Albany to outline a plan to structurally reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system by incrementally transferring full responsibility for funding the $44 billion program to the State -- gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments.