Issues: Taxes

CSI-Upstate

As we start 2010 it is time for New York to embark on a new direction.  Our economic struggles have been well documented, particularly across the upstate region, and the time has come to change our thinking and generate a true rebirth.  Last year we went to the edge of the cliff and if we are to avoid plunging into the financial abyss some tough decisions are required.

January 7, 2010
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Legislative Commission on Rural Resources Mission Statement

Mission Statement

More than 80 percent of New York State is made up of rural communities with around 3.3 million residents in 44 rural counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To address the needs, interests and concerns of these communities, the New York State Legislature established the Legislative Commission on the Development of Rural Resources in 1982.

January 7, 2010
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Response to Gov. Paterson’s State-of-the-State Address

Press Contact: Steve Mangione 914-403-4072 (cellular) 518-455-3395 (at this number Jan. 6th)

“The action of the Senate Democratic Majority in recent months – for example, addressing issues in a bipartisan way, creating green jobs, controlling spending and preserving important resources for education – has demonstrated our commitment to the state’s 19.5 million residents.

January 6, 2010
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State of the State Falls Short

ALBANY, 01/06/10 -- Senator James L. Seward today commented on Gov. Paterson’s State of the State address:

“As we start 2010 it is time for New York to take a new direction.   Last year we went to the edge of the cliff and in order to keep from going over we will need to make some difficult decisions. 

January 6, 2010
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CHALLENGING YOUR NASSAU COUNTY PROPERTY ASSESSMENT

Each year, Nassau County residents have the right to file a grievance if they believe their property has been over-assessed by the Nassau County Department of Assessment.

January 6, 2010
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Tax Credit Workshop

The program will be divided into two different sections.  From 4 to 5 PM, the discussion will be focused on tax credits for businesses and from 5:30 to 7:30 the discussion will be related to tax credits for homeowners.  Please call 914 771-4190 to RSVP or obtain additional information.   

January 21, 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Sen. Foley Introduces Legislation to Significantly Reduce MTA Payroll Tax on Long Island

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) and Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I – Sag Harbor) announced the introduction of major legislation that will significantly reduce the MTA payroll tax in Suffolk and Nassau as well as five other counties outside New York City that are currently served by the MTA.

December 15, 2009
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Impassioned plea for government to STOP spending.

Senator Owen H. Johnson makes an impassioned plea from the Senate Floor on 9/10/09 for government to stop spending.

November 24, 2009
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SENATOR OWEN JOHNSON'S FIGHTS LICENSE PLATE FEES

From the very first moment Governor Paterson announced that a new State mandate would require every New Yorker to purchase new license plates at a cost of $25 per vehicle, I have heard from many of the motorists who would be hurt by this New York City-driven tax hike. Because Long Islanders cannot afford more taxes, I started an online petition calling upon Governor Paterson to eliminate the costly fees associated with the new plates, which were imposed on drivers in the 2009-10 State budget.

November 19, 2009
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November 16, 2009
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG

 

November 16, 2009
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Full-Fledged Strategy Needed To Lift New York

ALBANY, 11/09/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor David Paterson’s budget message:

“While I appreciate the governor’s effort and stand ready to work with him, his budget plan lacks the comprehensive and complete strategy needed to solve New York’s fiscal challenges.

November 9, 2009
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http://post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/542334.html

Jamestown Post Journal 10.13.09

By NICHOLAS L. DEAN OBSERVER Mayville Bureau JAMESTOWN — State Senator Cathy Young, R-Olean, praised private business and criticized New York’s government Monday during the Rotary Club of Jamestown’s lunch meeting.

 

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October 13, 2009
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What's In Your Mailbox?

CLICK HERE to join the fight. 

Over the past few years, at about this time, I have reminded homeowners to check their mailbox for their STAR rebate check.  Unfortunately, this year, no such reminder is needed.  Thanks to the governor and his Democrat colleagues, that check is not in the mail.

October 2, 2009
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Senator Larkin Cosponsors Legislation To Repeal Utility Tax Increase

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) cosponsored legislation that would repeal a new tax on utilities included in the 2009-10 state budget.

Senate Bill 6132 would repeal a new law that went into effect July 1st requiring individuals and businesses to pay a 2% New York State Mandated tax for gas and electric utilities. The money from this tax will be sent directly to the state's general fund.

September 30, 2009
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Democrats Target Sportsmen With Higher Fees - $22 Million Hit To Upstate Economy

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today spoke out about increased fees for hunting and fishing licenses.

"As sportsmen prepare for the upcoming hunting and fishing seasons, many are beginning to realize that almost every sporting license has increased significantly since last year," said Senator Larkin. "The license fee increases were included in this year's disastrous state budget, put together in secret by Governor Paterson and the Legislature's Democratic majorities."

September 30, 2009
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Little asks for refunds on big cigarette fees

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: September 25, 2009 

BLOOMINGDALE - The 2009-10 state budget increased the cost of a retail license to sell tobacco from $100 to $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000, depending on a retailer's gross sales.

Although a Long Island judge put a temporary restraining order on the collection of the new, higher fees last month, some stores had already submitted their 2010 license applications and paid the higher fees.

September 28, 2009
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Seward & Lopez Fight DMV Fee Hikes

SCHOHARIE, 09/18/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I - Oneonta) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I - Schoharie) were joined by Schoharie County Clerk M. Indica Jaycox, Greene County Clerk Mike Flynn, Columbia County Clerk Holly C. Tanner and Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola, along with elected officials, including eight area town supervisors, at a press conference held this morning outside of the Schoharie County Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. 

September 18, 2009
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