Issues: Taxes

Gianaris: No tax help for Big Electric

This article in the Times Ledger was written just after tax abatement legislation that hurt ratepayers passed in the Senate on Monday. On Wednesday, however, legislation that helps prevent drastic rate hikes was passed by the Senate. I am happy my fellow Senators and I were able to stand up for ratepayers across the state.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) condemned a bill passed in the Senate Monday to give tax abatements to power generators, saying it would provide them with an unfair tax benefit.

May 19, 2011

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on PIT Surcharge

The personal income tax surcharge is dead.  It died at the end of March, when the Legislature approved a new state budget that did not extend it; a position supported by Senate Republicans and by Governor Cuomo. I know I speak for my conference, for our constituents and for millions of taxpayers in this state who believe that cutting taxes to help businesses create jobs and help families make ends meet is the real moral imperative. Senate Republicans will not support any renewed efforts by the Assembly Democrats to extend the PIT surcharge. 

May 18, 2011

First-Time Home Buyer Bill Passes State Legislature

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I-Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) today announced that legislation they sponsored to allow municipalities to continue the tax exemption for first-time home buyers of newly constructed homes has passed both chambers of the New York State Legislature.  The bill will now go before Governor Cuomo for signature.

“Young, working families have a very hard time trying to meet the costs associated with the purchase of their first home. This legislation will make it easier for families to move from renter to homeowner,” said Sweeney.

May 12, 2011


Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today sponsored a bill (S1072) that would create the Office of Taxpayer Advocate to assist taxpayers in their dealings with the New York State Department of Tax and Finance.

“This new entity would be independent of the Tax and Finance Department and would assist taxpayers in resolving their problems with the tax department, and would help to ensure a fair and consistent application of the tax law,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

The Taxpayer Advocate would also identify areas in which taxpayers have problems dealing with the tax department, propose solutions, including administrative changes to departmental practices and procedures, recommend legislative action, and promote communication.

May 9, 2011

Legislative Update with Senator Robach

On Thursday, May 4th, Senator Robach was a guest on Legislative Update. Among the topics discussed were a preview of what's coming up for the rest of the 2011 legislative session, new legislation enacted regarding text messaging while drive, and a proposed gas tax holiday.

May 5, 2011

Seniors and Others Helped in Claiming STAR Benefits

Legislation (S.3576) sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) and passed May 3 in the New York State Senate will help make it easier for property owners to claim STAR benefits if they missed the March 1 filing deadlines.

This is particularly important to senior citizens, who must remember to file for the enhanced STAR exemption each year. Missing the deadline, and therefore the exemption, could result in a homeowner facing an unexpected and significantly increased tax bill. LaValle’s bill instead authorizes municipalities to accept STAR applications after the locality’s taxable status date and before January 10 of the following year.

May 4, 2011

New York State Considers Gas Tax Holiday

BUFFALO, N.Y. - With prices still climbing nearly a month before Memorial Day, New York State Lawmakers are considering giving drivers some relief.

"When I left Albany yesterday, the price of gas was $4.13 cents per gallon," complained New York State Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak.

With elected leaders feeling the squeeze, the state senate next week will consider temporarily suspending the state tax on gas for three upcoming holiday weekends: Memorial Day Weekend, Independence Day Weekend, and Labor Day Weekend.

How much would it save you?

Right now, removing all New York taxes on gas would cut the price by 33 cents per gallon. That is a savings of about $5.00 every time you fill up a 15-gallon tank.

May 3, 2011

NYS Senator Eric Adams Responds To NY1 News Report Of A Major Loophole In The IRS E-filing System By Introducing New Legislation To Protect Unsuspecting Tax Fraud Victims

 On April 12, 2011, NY1 reported a major loophole in the IRS e-filing system which allows identity thieves to steal the income tax refunds of unsuspecting taxpayers.  The current e-filing system only requires an individual to provide either a  Social Security Number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN) as proof of identity.  Unfortunately, many EIN numbers can be accessed online, affording Identity thieves the opportunity to illegally acquire an individual's  EIN number, input false data, and electronically file tax returns even before unsuspecting taxpayers receive their W-2 forms. 

April 25, 2011

Senator Flanagan Votes To Require Quicker Refunds For New York State Taxpayers

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) voted for legislation that would speed up the delivery of tax refunds owed to taxpayers by the state.  The legislation addresses excessive delays of up to two months from when taxpayers file their return to when they may actually see the refund from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

April 13, 2011



Legislation Will Reduce Costs To Taxpayers in Black River, Champion, LeRay, Pamelia and Rutland  

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) announced today that legislation she sponsored that saves hardworking taxpayers in the Route 3 corridor around Black River hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra interest costs for a critical sewer project was signed into law by Governor Cuomo today.The measure, S.2781, was Senator Ritchie's first bill to pass the Senate--and her first to become law. The measure reduces costs to the village of Black River and the towns of Champion, LeRay, Pamelia and Rutland and paves the way for the expansion of the Rt. 3 corridor sewer project, which is critical to the region's growth.

April 13, 2011

Senate Republicans say they're committed to property tax plan

Capital Connection - Albany - The Buffalo News

ALBANY -- State Senate Republicans said Tuesday they will not water down a plan to hold the growth in local property tax increases at 2 percent annually, though the State Legislature's top Democrat questioned the GOP's commitment to the issue.

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, noted that his house already has passed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's property tax plan and that now the Democratic-led Assembly's turn has come to adopt it.

April 13, 2011

Property Tax Cap, Mandate Relief Needed Now

ALBANY, 04/12/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined legislative colleagues and representatives of business organizations from across the state urging the assembly to act on a meaningful property tax cap bill. “Home and business owners across my district continue to cite skyrocketing property taxes as one of their top concerns,” said Senator Seward.  “The senate has already done its work, passing Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap legislation – now it’s time for the assembly to get with the program and join us.”

April 12, 2011

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
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