Issues: Taxes

Open Letter to Governor Cuomo -- The New York State DREAM Act

April 4, 2012The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of the State of New YorkExecutive ChamberNew York State Capitol Building Albany, NY  12224    Re:    Open Letter -- The New York State DREAM ActDear Governor:

File: 
Open Letter to Gov. Cuomo - the NYS DREAM ACT.pdf

April 9, 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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Fuhgeddabout L.A.! New York's a booming mecca for TV and film these days

An editorial by the New York Daily News talks about the growing TV and film production business in New York City that has resulted from New York state's film tax credit. Senator Gianaris is a supporter of the film tax credit and helped bring it to fruition.

Think you’re in Hollywood? Think again.

 

These are just some of the stars filming on soundstages and streets not very far from where you live.

 

TV and film production is booming in New York City, prompting local studios large and small to increase their space to keep up with the demand.

 

April 2, 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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Senator Lee Zeldin Comments on the Passage of the 2012-13 NYS Budget

Albany, N.Y. -- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) comments on the passage of the 2012-12 New York State Budget. 

March 31, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES SALES TAX CUT AND MTA PAYROLL TAX CUT TO GO INTO EFFECT SUNDAY, APRIL 1ST

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is reminding New Yorkers of two tax cuts recently approved by the New York State Legislature that are scheduled to take effect this Sunday, April 1st, including the elimination of the 4% State portion of the sales tax, and the repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax.

 

As of April 1st, all clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 per item (or per pair of footwear) will now exempt from the State and City sales tax combined 8.875% sales tax. Additionally, most fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks, zippers and similar items that are used to make or repair exempt clothing will also be eligible for the exemption. The exemption from the state sales tax will be in effect year round.

 

March 30, 2012
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Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012
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INFORMATION REGARDING THE ELIMINATION OF THE STATE SALES TAX ON CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR PURCHASES UP TO $110

Beginning Sunday, April 1st, 2012 shoppers will no longer pay state sales tax on clothing and footwear purchases up to $110!

March 30, 2012
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Tax Cuts Taking Effect April 1, 2012

Dear Friend:

I wanted to inform you about two tax cuts taking effect this Sunday, April 1st.

* State Sales Tax Exemption for Clothing and Footwear

All clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 per item (or per pair for footwear) will be exempt from the New York State 4% sales tax starting April 1st.  Additionally, most fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks, zippers and similar items that are used to make or repair exempt clothing will also be eligible for the exemption.  The exemption from state sales tax is in effect year-round.

* MTA Payroll Tax Repeal

March 29, 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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New Sales Tax Exemption Starts April 1, 2012

The New York State Tax Department announced this week to consumers and businesses that beginning April 1, 2012 items of clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 will be exempt from the state's 4% sales and use tax. (Through March 31, 2012, such items up to $55 are exempt.)

The exemption, per item sold, also applies to most fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, hooks, zippers, and similar items used to create or repair the type of clothing now exempt.

While the state sales tax exemption applies to items of clothing and footwear worn on the body, not all similar items qualify. For example, jewelry, watches, and like items remain taxable; the same is true for equipment such as tool belts, hard hats, and for sport, bicycle and motorcycle helmets.

March 29, 2012
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STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO EXPAND CENTRAL NEW YORK'S FOREIGN TRADE ZONE AREA

New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the Senate passed his legislation today (S6471), which would expand Onondaga County’s foreign trade zone to include Cayuga, Oswego, and Madison counties.

Imports and exports are a major source of growth for Central New York, and the expansion would permit existing businesses to expand distribution and increase international trade.

March 28, 2012
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Daily News Letters to the Editor: Giving commuters a break

Massapequa, L.I.: The Daily News is correct that the commuter tax benefit “is a tax cut for ordinary working folk who ride to their jobs” (“Give us a break,” editorial, March 19). Washington’s inaction translated into a tax hike for commuters. While it can’t restore the federal benefit, New York State can, and must, fully restore the state benefit. Under legislation I sponsor, commuters could exempt up to $240 a month from state income tax to cover mass-transit commuting expenses for 2012 — equal to the parking benefit. Albany shouldn’t wait for Congress to get its act together.

State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.

March 26, 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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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends 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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