Issues: Taxes

Senator Zeldin Announces Passage of His First Piece of Legislation To Protect the Taxpayers

 “It’s a new day for New York”

 Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) today announced the passage of his first piece of legislation in the New York State Senate, a state Constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote in both the Senate and the Assembly to increase any state taxes or fees. 


“This legislation sets the tone for what we have to do this Session in Albany.  New Yorkers have spoken and the message is loud and clear: reduce taxes, reduce spending, create jobs, and reform government,” said Senator Zeldin.


January 19, 2011

LaValle Legislative Kick-Off: Economy and Jobs Top Agenda; Senate Votes on Jobs Creation and Taxpayer’s Protection Act.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I – Port Jefferson) said he voted today for the Senate Majority’s Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011. LaValle said the three-part plan encourages the creation of new, private-sector jobs and ensures fiscal responsibility, including the enactment of a two percent state spending cap requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.

The people of the First Senatorial District made it abundantly clear during the last election cycle,” LaValle said, “No new taxes and we need jobs, jobs, jobs.”

January 19, 2011

Senate Passes Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011

The New York State Senate today passed the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility, including the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.“The people have spoken loud and clear that they want the state to cut spending, stop runaway tax increases and get off businesses’ backs and out of their wallets so they can create new jobs,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

January 19, 2011

Press Conference: Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011

Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011 - which includes the job creation tax credit plan, a state spending cap and a two-thirds supermajority vote to raise taxes.

January 19, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Department of Finance at the Peter Cardella Senior Center

The Department of Finance will be at the Peter Cardella Senior Center meeting one on one with seniors to see if they qualify for tax breaks. Depending on your Adjusted Gross Income you may be able to reduce your tax bill by up to 50%. This is a FREE event.

March 1, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Extreme Makeover New York

ONEONTA, 01/07/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today outlined his legislative agenda for the 2011 session of the New York State Senate.  Seward’s plan, dubbed “Extreme Makeover: New York” focuses on smart budget cuts, property tax relief, economic development and government reform.  

“New York is ready for a complete overhaul.  My ‘Extreme Makeover: New York’ initiative includes calculated cost cutting that will provide our state with financial stability, tax relief that will help people with their own bottom line, business stimulating actions aimed at jumpstarting job growth and government reforms to restore public confidence in Albany.

January 7, 2011
December 21, 2010

Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action

Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Chair of Senate Committee on Cities

November, 2010 Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action Update.

Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action.pdf

December 1, 2010

Economic Course Change Needed

Dead last.  Number 50 out of 50.  That’s where New York placed in the recently released ranking of state business climates by the non-partisan Tax Foundation.  The embarrassing showing is yet another example why the economy must be job one in Albany.

The Tax Foundation’s 2011 State Business Tax Climate Index (SBTCI) is a clear illustration of just how low New York has sunk when it comes to attracting new businesses and assisting those that already exist.  Cleary, those running the ship in Albany have steered far off course and run aground. 

October 29, 2010

Property Tax Cap - Just A Start

ALBANY, 08/03/10 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today voted in favor of senate bill 67005 establishing a property tax cap for school districts and local governments.

Seward says while the property tax cap will help keep taxes in check it is only part of the answer.  He says meaningful mandate relief is needed to help overburdened local governments and school districts effectively cut costs.

The bill was sent to the assembly.

October 20, 2010

The government will pay 40% of your renovation costs…

The government will pay 40% of your renovation costs…

Written by Jay Harper on October 8th, 2010

It’s amazing how much we didn’t know when we bought our place. I was doing TONS of research, thought I knew a fair amount, but first I didn’t know we were buying into the roughest block in the neighborhood, and now I find out there are government programs that will pay up to 40% of our renovation costs. 40% makes a REAL difference and we had no clue when we went into contract… If we had picked the “wrong” building we would have gotten nothing....


October 15, 2010

Senator Griffo and Assembly Republican Leader Kolb Want to Halt Cigarette Taxes

Senator Joe Griffo and Assembly Republican Leader Kolb Introduce Legislation to Put Brakes on Tax Increase: No new cigarette taxes without a uniform and enforced collection policy for Native American Sales

October 7, 2010
October 7, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Property Tax Cap Long Overdue

As school property tax bills arrive in mailboxes across upstate New York the volume of phone calls, e-mails and letters from concerned homeowners to my office rises daily.  The message from many is simple: “I don’t know how I am going to pay this bill.” 

Several dynamics are factoring in this year, creating some of the highest tax bills in our state’s history.

September 24, 2010

Sign Senator Klein's Petition to Bring Property Tax Cap Legislation to Assembly Floor

Dear Homeowners,

The State Senate twice this year has passed a cap to reign in skyrocketing property taxes, only to have our proposals blocked from a vote in the Assembly. I have met with numerous property taxpayers from not only Westchester, but from across New York State. These hard working New Yorkers have been demanding property tax relief for some time and have received no help from Assembly leadership. Please join me in signing this petition and demand that the Assembly put this critically important legislation to a vote on their floor. The legislation can be viewed here:


Jeffrey D. Klein, SD-34

September 21, 2010

Select Committee Releases Report on NYS's Sales Tax

(Albany, NY) – Today, the New York State Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform released a staff report detailing how the State’s sales tax is failing to keep pace with economic and technological trends.

The sales tax, which then-Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller passed in 1965 to provided added aid to municipalities and schools, is being impacted by economic, technological and political trends. These trends — examined in the report — include:

· the shift from an industrial-based economy to a service-based economy;

· rampant growth in sales tax exemptions and credits;

· uncollected sales tax revenues because of mail order and Internet sales.

SalesTax Report

September 2, 2010

Seward Warns of Looming Clothing Tax

ONEONTA, 08/30/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is advising  families to do their back-to-school shopping as soon as possible in order to avoid a sales tax on clothing that will take another bite out of their finances after it goes into effect on October 1.     

August 30, 2010

Tax Receipts Available Online


Governor Paterson Signs Oppenheimer/Galef Legislation

New Law Reduces Local Costs and is More Convenient for Taxpayers 

(August 18,  2010) New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer announced that their legislation (A10869/S7677) allowing Municipal Tax Office staff to post local tax receipts online, was signed into law by Governor Paterson on Friday, August 13, 2010.  

August 18, 2010

Aubertine Welcomes Putting Property Tax Relief on Agenda


Senator reiterates support for property tax cap, Energize NY, & opposition to tax on sugar drinks

WATERTOWN (July 27, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine said today that putting property tax relief on the agenda for upcoming session would be welcomed as an opportunity to get much needed movement on this legislation in both houses. He also applauded the Governor’s choice to put Energize New York legislation already passed by the Senate on the agenda for both houses.

July 27, 2010

Talk Of Trash Tax Already Causing A Stink

NY1 07/21/2010 07:47 PM

By: Josh Robin

The Bloomberg administration is considering making New Yorkers pay for garbage pickup as a way to help solve the city's financial crisis.

Proponents of the idea say it would also cut down on waste.

A former sanitation official says many New Yorkers could end up paying less overall taxes if trash collection is separated from general taxes, and people are charged for what they throw away, not their neighbors.

Paying for trash pickup is widely practiced elsewhere.

July 23, 2010
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