Issues: Taxes

City of Niagara Falls Left Out of County Casino Revenue Equation; Ortt Says State Law Pertains to All Municipalities

A dozen organizations throughout Niagara County received a portion of casino revenue Tuesday night. The Niagara County Legislature decided that money will be used for community development projects. The City of Niagara Falls, however, was left out of the equation, because it already receives funds from the Seneca Niagara Casino. Senator Robert Ortt was asked what he thought about the Legislature excluding Niagara Falls. Ortt said state law does not forbid the county from sending casino cash to the Falls, but the county can divvy it up in a way it sees fit. 

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February 17, 2015
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Letter To The Governmental Accountability Standards Board on Tax Abatement Disclosures

Senator Krueger and Senator Perkins sent a letter to the Governmental Accountability Standards Board (GASB) expressing support for the development of requirements for disclosing information about tax abatements offered by state and local government.

 

 

February 11, 2015
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Your Voice with Senator Sue Serino

In her first appearance on ‘Your Voice,’ Senator Sue Serino answers questions about her legislative priorities, her goals as Chair of the Senate Committee on Aging, and eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment. 

February 11, 2015
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INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE RELEASES REPORT OUTLINING SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS OF NEW YORK’S SENIORS

IDC “Invest NY” Plan Aims to Expand Senior Housing Options and Enhance Consumer Protections Against Rising Utility Costs

February 10, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN CALLS FOR EVEN MORE RELIEF FOR NEW YORK CITY HOMEOWNERS AND RENTERS

Plan Would Expand Upon Governor’s Proposed Property Tax Circuit Breaker

February 9, 2015
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Seward Introduces Bill To End GEA

ONEONTA, 01/30/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that he has introduced legislation (S.2643) to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has cost New York school districts millions of dollars.

“I voted against the GEA when it passed in 2009 and have been working to erase this curse on our local schools ever since,” said Senator Seward.  “This hurtful policy was simply a cash-grab by the state that left schools reeling and trying to recover ever since.  It needs to end now.”

January 30, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Introduces Legislation to Repeal the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has introduced legislation that would abolish the Gap Elimination Adjustment imposed on public schools in New York in 2010.  The bill (S.2743) would eliminate the GEA starting in 2015-16 and provide school districts the full amount of education aid based on existing budget funding formulas. 

January 29, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Announces Senate Passage of Education Investment Tax Credit

Today, New York State Senator John J. Bonacic announced that the Education Investment Tax Credit (S.1976) passed the New York State Senate.  This legislation would provide incentives in the form of tax credit for donations to public education entitites, school improvement organizations, local education funds, and educational scholarship organizations.  

January 28, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Respondes to State of the State Address & Budget Presentation

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) was in Albany for today’s State of the State Address and budget presentation by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  This was the fifth State of the State message Senator Gallivan has received since taking office.

January 22, 2015
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Senate Passes Education Investment Tax Credit to Give Parents More Options In Their Child's Education

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that helps give parents more choice in the education of their child.

January 21, 2015
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Independent Democratic Conference Launches 2015 Policy Agenda

“INVEST NEW YORK”

IDC Unveils 15 Innovative Investments that will Create Long Term Stability, Security and Sustainability for all New Yorkers

Proposals Invest in New York Workers, Students, Seniors and Families and Support a Significant Expansion in New York State Schools, Housing, and Communities

January 20, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR GEORGE AMEDORE

This morning, Governor Cuomo announced a proposal to cut the tax rate for small business who file under the corporate franchise tax, and the creation of NY Business Express to help navigate the onerous red tape that stifles economic growth.

While I am encouraged by this first step, if we truly want to make New York State more competitive, we need to do more to ease the tax burden on all small businesses, including those who file under the PIT. And, in order to improve the business climate, tax relief needs to go hand-in-hand with a reduction and overhaul of the more than 750,000 over-reaching regulations and fees that discourage the growth and success of the private sector.

January 18, 2015
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Senator David Carlucci's statement on Governor Cuomo's proposed $1.7B property-tax credit

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) said, "With some of the highest property taxes in the country, residents of Rockland and Westchester County are in dire need of support. I commend Governor Cuomo for bringing this important issue to the forefront of the 2015 Legislative Session, and I look forward to hearing more details about his property tax break proposal. A comprehensive plan, that will provide hard working residents of the Hudson Valley with relief from skyrocketing property taxes, deserves immediate consideration, and I will be working with my colleagues to provide real relief for taxpayers ." 

January 14, 2015
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New Laws to Help Veterans, Protect Kids & Create Jobs Taking Effect 01/01/2015

Measures to help veterans find employment and housing are among the highlights of new state laws that will take effect on January 1, 2015.  Other laws that take effect on New Year’s Day will: reduce the tax burden on businesses; provide tax credits to employers that hire people with developmental disabilities; allow banks to freeze credit records of minors to prevent identity theft; protect people in adult care facilities; encourage music and theatrical productions in upstate New York; and expand opportunities to finance end-of-life care.  

December 19, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Mike Nozzolio Calls for a Halt to a Multi-billion Unfunded Federal Mandate Following President Obama’s Immigration Order

New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio, today urged federal officials in Congress to block any attempts by President Obama’s Administration to initiate changes in immigration policies that could cost New York State’s taxpayers over $2 billion annually.   “Establishing this change in immigration policy ordered by President Obama could result in a massive unfunded federal mandate on New York taxpayers of unprecedented proportions,” Senator Nozzolio said in opposing this measure.    

December 5, 2014
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