Issues: Taxes

SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO RESTORE STATE’S COMMUTER TAX BENEFIT PASSED BY SENATE

Legislation Would Ensure that Commuters Receive $240 a Month State Tax Benefit to Help Offset Mass-Transit Costs

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to fully restore the State’s pre-tax commuter benefit to provide savings to commuters who use the Long Island Rail Road and other mass transit.

February 13, 2012
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State Mandate Relief Council Meeting

The New York State Mandate Relief Council will be meeting on Friday, February 10 in the student union multi-purpose room of SUNY Old Westbury at 10 a.m. to discuss mandate relief. The council was formed through legislation passed last year and held its first meeting in January. 

February 10, 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Newsday: Officials back curb on MTA payroll tax

Originally published: February 3, 2012 3:01 PM

Updated: February 3, 2012 10:00 PM

By SID CASSESE

Nearly two dozen Long Island public officials, including its two county executives, gathered Friday to support a proposed state law to end the Metropolitan Transportation Authority payroll tax on large municipalities.

"Property-tax payers paying for village, town and county services should not have their hard-earned tax dollars diverted to subsidize the MTA through this payroll tax," said state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola). He and state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) are sponsoring the bill in the Senate. Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor) is the Assembly sponsor.

February 4, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SUPPORTS LEGISLATION TO REPEAL MTA PAYROLL TAX FOR COUNTIES, TOWNS, AND VILLAGES

        Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (second right) joins with Senator Jack Martins (third right) and Senator Lee Zeldin (second left), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (center), Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (third left), Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray (right), and Garden City Mayor Donald Burdie (left) in supporting legislation to exempt municipalities from paying the MTA payroll tax.

February 3, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Prepares His Thoughts During Tax Debate

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was among a group of panelists, who participated in the Campbell Public Affairs Institute Debate on Tax Policy at the Everson Museum on February 2, 2012.  Senator DeFrancisco joined the team against raising taxes on the wealthy.  Former Governor Elliot Spitzer, who joined the opposite team, argued for higher taxes on the rich.  Nearly 300 people attended the event. To watch a video from the debate, visit http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/campbell/products/The_Campbell_Debates/

 

 

February 2, 2012
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Senator Carlucci to Host Free Unclaimed Funds Forum in New City

NANUET – Working in conjunction with the New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today announced that he will be hosting an Unclaimed Funds Forum, a free workshop for residents to find out if they are entitled to any unclaimed funds in the possession of New York State.

February 1, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE REMINDS SENIORS TO APPLY FOR “ENHANCED” STAR

“Doubles Your Tax Savings” But Applications are Due March 1

February 1, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INVITES RESIDENTS TO JOIN THE FIGHT TO RESTORE STATE MASS-TRANSIT TAX BENEFIT FOR COMMUTERS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is inviting all residents to sign his online petition calling on Albany to pass legislation he sponsors to help commuters reduce their commuting costs by restoring the state’s mass transit tax benefit.

“Long Islanders already pay enough to commute into New York City; now they’re facing even higher costs because of Washington’s inaction. With Congress failing to act, New York State needs to pass this legislation to restore the monthly pre-tax benefit on the state level so that commuters can save on their state taxes. I invite residents to join me in calling on Albany to pass this legislation by signing my online petition,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

January 25, 2012
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LIC employer Fresh Direct eyes N.J. move

The Times Ledger wrote an article that talks about Fresh Direct's potential move to New Jersey and New York's attempt to keep them in the city. Senator Gianaris agrees that it would be disappointing if the online grocer were to leave New York.

A Long Island City online grocery company has filed for a large tax incentive program in New Jersey, but New York state and city agencies are hoping that Fresh Direct stays — if not in Queens, then at least in the city.

“It would certainly be disappointing if they left,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria). “I think it’s important that the business climate in New York continues to be welcoming.”

January 20, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CALLS ON WASHINGTON TO FULLY RESTORE TAX BENEFIT FOR COMMUTERS

With Congress returning to Washington for session today, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, once again wrote to Congressional leaders urging them to fully restore the federal commuter mass-transit tax benefit.

Congress allowed the benefit, which helps residents offset their commuting expenses, to be cut nearly in half on January 1st. As a result, commuters are now facing hundreds of dollars in higher costs.

January 17, 2012
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Newsday: Lawmakers aim to restore commuter tax break

Published: January 12, 2012 9:51 PM

By ALFONSO A. CASTILLO

Lawmakers at the state and federal levels say they are fighting to restore a recently expired tax break for commuters that previously saved transit users on Long Island hundreds of dollars a year.

State Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) earlier this month introduced a bill to allow commuters in the state to deduct up to $240 in transit costs from their state taxes -- a move meant to ease the hurt caused when a federal tax benefit for commuters expired Dec. 31.

"The residents of Long Island rely heavily on the Long Island Rail Road," Fuschillo said. "They should not be penalized because Congress can't get their act together."

January 13, 2012
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Taxes"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Taxes

February 6, 10:00 AM - 12:44 PM
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Senators Renew Efforts To Protect School Taxpayers

    Continuing their effort to protect property taxpayers, Senators Kenneth P. LaValle (1st Senate District), John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) are pushing forward to get restoration of building aid to four Suffolk County school districts.  Today, they took the first step in that process by gaining Senate Education Committee approval of legislation that would restore funding that was vetoed last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo for Central Islip, Smithtown, Rocky Point and Babylon.

January 11, 2012
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #2: Helping Vets With Their School Taxes

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.

January 9, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE APPROVAL OF PERMANENT STATE COMMUTER TAX BENEFIT FOLLOWING WASHINGTON’S INACTION

Legislation Would Ensure that Commuters Receive $240 a Month State Tax Benefit to Help Offset Mass-Transit Costs

          With New York commuters facing higher costs following Washington’s failure to extend the pre-tax transit benefit, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), is calling for immediate passage of legislation he sponsors to create a permanent state commuter tax benefit to provide savings to commuters who use the Long Island Rail Road and other mass transit.

January 6, 2012
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2011 Tax Returns

 

 

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(1) AARP:

 

       Free tax service for seniors

        Call for 723-2292 for appointments after 01/09/12

                @ Greece Community Center

        Tax preparation beginning 02/01/12

January 5, 2012
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Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan on the Governor’s State of the State Address

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) was selected by his Senate colleagues today to give official notification to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that the Senate is standing at ready to conduct its business for 2012. Gallivan notified the Governor prior to the annual State of the State address this afternoon, which Gallivan applauded for “its strong vision for New York State’s future” while stressing the importance of building upon the cooperation and collegiality that enabled last year’s progress.

January 4, 2012
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