Issues: Taxes

WESTCHESTER RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT ON STATE BUDGET

Senator Klein and Westchester Delegation Hold Public Budget Hearing

WHITE PLAINS, NY- State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and the NYS Senate's Westchester Delegation listened to more than two-dozen Westchester residents, community groups, businesses, and local elected officials at a public budget hearing in Greenburgh on Friday. Community members expressed their concerns regarding high property taxes, the burden of the MTA Payroll tax, potential cuts in state aid to municipalities, and a wide range of other issues.

March 19, 2010
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Sen. Foley Announces Passage of Comprehensive Property Tax Relief Legislation

Includes property tax cap, circuit breaker tax relief, and restoration of STAR rebate checks for seniors

March 19, 2010
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Senator Johnson-Backed Tax Relief Plan Passes State Senate

Circuit Breaker; Property Tax Cap, Senior STAR Rebate Check to Provide Comprehensive Tax Relief To Nassau Residents

Comprehensive legislation aimed at providing real property tax relief to residents on Long Island and across New York State overwhelmingly passed the State Senate yesterday, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced. 

March 19, 2010
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March 19, 2010
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Select Committee Releases 2009 Annual Report

The Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform has released a 2009 Annual Report, which highlights the activities of the committee during its first year of operation.

By the beginning of 2009, it became evident that New York tax policy needed a thorough review.  The ad hoc changes to the state’s revenue system have created a tax structure that is not linked to current policy goals. The tax system is riddled with loopholes and tax expenditures that need to be re-evaluated to determine whether they serve a public purpose.

File: 
2009 Anual Report

March 19, 2010
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PUTTING MONEY BACK IN NEW YORKERS’ POCKETS

Senator Klein and Majority Members Pass Real Property and School Tax Relief Bill

ALBANY – State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein and Senate Majority Democrats passed Property Tax Relief legislation aimed at reversing New York’s skyrocketing property taxes. The legislation, passed Thursday in a 58-1 vote, would put more money back in the pockets of middle income families and seniors.

March 18, 2010
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March 18, 2010
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KLEIN CALLS ON CONGRESS TO BAN CIGARETTE TRAFFICKING IN U.S. MAIL

ALBANY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) introduced a resolution Tuesday calling on Congress to pass legislation banning the shipment of cigarettes via the U.S. Postal Services (USPS), thereby closing a massive loophole in the fight to collect taxes on cigarettes sold online by Native Americans.

Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act; Klein’s resolution urges the House of Representatives to immediately do the same.

March 16, 2010
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Senate Majority Passes Mandate Relief Package

Four-Measure Plan Will Reduce Unfunded Mandates, Protect Taxpayers & Provide Districts Better Budgeting Abilities

The New York State Senate passed four measures today which will finally provide mandate relief across the state, and reverse New York’s long-standing practice of passing financial burdens onto local school districts.

March 15, 2010
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Senate Majority Urges Passage Of Mandate Relief Package

With Bipartisan Support, Four-Measure Plan Will Reduce Unfunded Mandates, Protect Taxpayers & Provide Districts Better Budgeting Abilities

State Senate Majority Democrats urged bipartisan support today on four measures on the Senate agenda which will finally provide mandate relief across the state, and reverse New York’s long-standing practice of passing financial burdens onto local school districts.

March 15, 2010
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Property Tax Relief is Overdue

For many people the great American dream is to own a home.  Unfortunately, once you achieve that dream in New York, the nightmare known as property taxes can keep you up at night.  According to the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group based in Washington, D.C., New York routinely leads the nation when it comes to high property taxes.  In fact, between 1977 and 2008, the Empire State ranked first of second in the country for its state-local tax burden compared to the U.S. average. 

March 11, 2010
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NYS Senate Westchester Delegation to Hold Hearings on Executive Budget for 2010-11

 

In an effort to more effectively advocate for the needs and concerns of their constituents, the five New York senators representing Westchester County will convene a public hearing to assess the priorities and impacts of Governor Paterson’s proposed SFY 2010-2011 budget on the residents, communities, organizations and elected officials of Westchester.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer chairs the Westchester Senate delegation, which includes Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Jeff Klein, Vincent Leibell, and Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

 

March 11, 2010
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Homeowner Protection & Property Tax Rebate Act

ALBANY, 03/11/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced a major new property tax cut initiative that will help New Yorkers remain in their homes.  The “Homeowner Protection and Property Tax Rebate Act” would provide a property tax rebate for every middle-class homeowner, includes a cap on property taxes and significant mandate relief.

March 10, 2010
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March 9, 2010
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SENATOR MAZIARZ AGREES WITH BUDWEY: SODA TAX IS “INSANE!”

Frank Budwey, the owner of Budwey’s Supermarkets in North Tonawanda, Kenmore, and Newfane, is featured in a new “New Yorkers Against Unfair Taxes” television ad railing against the Governor’s proposed “soda tax.”

March 9, 2010
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NT's Frank Budwey speaks out against "soda tax"

This ad was created by New Yorkers Against Unfair Taxes.  It features Frank Budwey, owner of Budwey's Supermarkets, which has stores in North Tonawanda, Kenmore, and Newfane.

March 9, 2010
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