Issues: Taxes

Senate Passes Bill to Help Taxpayers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help speed up the delivery of tax refunds owed to taxpayers by the state. The bill (S.2631), sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), addresses excessive delays of up to two months from when taxpayers file their return to when they may actually see the refund from the state Department of Taxation and Finance. “There is no legitimate reason for the state to hold on to New Yorkers’ money,” Senator Marcellino said. “If citizens do the right thing and file on time, the state has a responsibility to get the refunds out the door in a timely fashion. It shouldn’t take up to eight weeks to get these checks in the mail.  I think the state can do better and this legislation will make sure they do.”

April 12, 2011

LaValle Bill Brings Relief to Those Who Unintentionally Paid Property Taxes Late in ’08 –’09.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today said his bill permitting Suffolk County to refund penalties and interest associated with non-payment of real property taxes where a customary payment-due notice was not provided has passed the New York State Senate.

April 12, 2011


Join Petition On Website, Facebook Page To Send A Message

State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling on families who are tired of property tax increases to join her in urging the Assembly majority to pass Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax cap.
“The hard working taxpayers of Central and Northern New York need action so they can afford to stay in their homes,” Senator Ritchie said. “That’s why I voted on January 31st for Governor Cuomo's tax cap and I am urging New Yorkers to join my fight."

April 12, 2011

Senate & Assembly Republicans, Business Community Step Up Pressure on Assembly Majority to Pass Property Tax Bill

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and representatives of business organizations today urged the Assembly Majority to act on a meaningful property tax cap bill.  The Senate overwhelmingly passed Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap legislation with bipartisan support earlier this year. 

April 12, 2011


Legislation Would Create Permanent $230 a Month Tax Benefit to Help Commuters Offset Costs for Mass-Transit 

April 12, 2011

Press Conference: News Conference on Property Tax Cap

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and representatives of business organizations from across the state will hold a news conference on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 124 of the Capitol to urge the Assembly to act on the Governor’s property tax cap legislation.

Joining members of the Senate and Assembly Republican conferences at the event will be representatives of the following organizations: The Business Council of New York State; Long Island Association; National Federation of Independent Business; North Country Chamber of Commerce; Westchester County Association; Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce; and The Business Council of Westchester.


April 12, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Join the Fight: Sign up to Dump the MTA Tax

On June 15, 2011, the Senate passed my MTA Payroll Tax repeal legislation (S.5596-A/A.8193-A) with a bi-partisan vote, 40-22.

The job-killing MTA Tax represents one of the worst ideas Albany has ever come up with. I originally promised, if elected, to secure passage in the Senate of a repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax and I did that this legislative session, with a very responsible plan.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would not allow a vote on this bill in the State Assembly, despite bi-partisan sponsorship in his house. He is obviously not looking out for the best interests of Suffolk County taxpayers.

April 8, 2011

Legislative Report with Senator Martin Malave Dilan

April 6, 2011- Senator Dilan discusses 2011 - 2012 Budget, Education, and Transportation

April 7, 2011

WHEC-TV 10 Talks To Senator Robach

On Wednesday April 6th, I spoke with Brett Davidsen from WHEC-TV, Channel 10, regarding a man from Rochester who was filing fake tax returns from his prison cell. This is unacceptable and outrageous. To see last night's story, click on the link below.


April 7, 2011

Free income-tax help available

Those scrambling to meet the fast-approaching April 18 tax deadline should be careful they don't miss out on the free and low-cost tax-preparation services being offered across Staten Island. Any taxpayers who have yet to file taxes and have an annual income of $57,000 or less can take advantage of the following opportinities for help: The Food Bank for New York City has two locations on Staten Island offering free help with taxes in both English and Spanish. The location at 1546 Castleton Ave., Port Richmond, is offering help on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between noon and 7 p.m.; the phone number is 646-315-7703. The other location is on the second floor of the Sovereign Bank at 15 Hyatt St., St George.

April 6, 2011


The School Tax Relief Program, or STAR, was sponsored by the New York State Senate to provide a partial exemption from school property taxes for New York State residents who own homes. Since it was enacted in 1997, STAR has saved homeowners more than $21.5 billion. Now that STAR is fully implemented, more than three million homeowners will save nearly $4.7 billion this year.

For more information, click here for my STAR Q&A brochure.

April 5, 2011

Senator Gallivan's 2011 Budget Statement

Senator Gallivan speaks on this year's Budget, the process and its effects on the 59th district.

April 4, 2011

State Budget Closes $10 Billion Deficit, Restores Fiscal Responsibility, Builds Road to Job Creation With No New Taxes, No Borrowing.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson),  chairman of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee today said  the budget about to be enacted restored an orderly and open budget negotiation process, brought back fiscal responsibility to the state, closes a $10 billion budget deficit and creates a road to job creation and economic recovery, all with no new taxes or borrowing.

“This budget,” LaValle said, “reaches its financial goals with no new taxes and no borrowing and will cut next year's projected budget deficit from $15 billion to about $2 billion.”

School Aid     

March 30, 2011

Fishermen Off the Hook: Saltwater License Law Repealed in State Budget

The State Legislature has reached an agreement with the Governor to repeal the 2009 Saltwater Fishing License New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) said today.

The license law, LaValle said,  will be transformed into a registration requirement to meet federal law. In addition, the registration is guaranteed to be free for the next two years and those who purchased lifetime licenses will be granted a refund minus the fee for the past year.

"I voted against the license law and fee when it was part of the 2009 budget and am happy to see the demise of what was essentially a hidden tax,” said LaValle. 

The agreement must still be ratified in the State Budget, which is expected to be approved shortly.

March 24, 2011


Sen. Runciman: Inspection Tax Could Hurt Tourism, Border Communities State Senator Patty Ritchie and Canadian Senator Bob Runciman are urging their legislative colleagues  to join them in condemning a U.S. proposal that could cripple tourism in border communities like Cape Vincent and Alexandria Bay,  damage U.S. – Canadian relations and hurt the economies of communities across Northern and Central New York. “The federal government’s scheme to impose a $5.50 ‘inspection tax’ on Canadians who visit the U.S. by sea or air is an insult to America’s largest trading partner and one of our closest allies,” Senator Ritchie said.

March 22, 2011

IDC Calls for End to Deferral of Key Upstate Development Program

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit to Leverage $461 M in Upstate Investment; Create 1,600+ Jobs

The Independent Democratic Conference today called for the full reinstatement of an economic development program that would create more than $460 million in private investment and more than 1,600 good-paying jobs in Upstate New York.

March 16, 2011

Grisanti Votes "Yes" to Repeal Anti-Job IDA Tax: Bill Passes Through Senate

Bill Mirrors Proposal in Executive Budget

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.2682), sponsored by Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), to repeal a burdensome tax on local economic development agencies that hinders job growth and economic investment. The tax, first enacted in 2009, provides a direct obstacle to the ability of Industrial Development Agencies and Authorities (IDAs) to invest in new projects, support local businesses and create jobs.

"One of my campaign promises was to create jobs and cut  taxes,"  said Senator Grisanti. "By repealing this burdensome tax from 2009, we are promoting job growth in Western New York and across the state," said Grisanti.

March 10, 2011

State Senate repeals “cost recovery” tax; Passes bill to relieve economic development agencies from unfair tax

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.2682) that repeals the “cost recovery” tax imposed on local economic development agencies in 2009 and also requires the State to reimburse agencies for any monies previously paid.

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer introduced the bill in the State Senate.

March 9, 2011
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