On this featured Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how proposed tax cuts would affect individuals and businesses in New York State. Senator DeFrancisco also discuss the budget hearing process, as well as plans for a Homeland Security College in the state.
BUFFALO, NY – Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos requesting that Senate Bill S4099, better known as the “Education Investment Tax Credit,” be included in the 2014-2015 state budget.Recently, Bishop Malone made the unfortunate announcement that 10 Catholic Schools in the Western New York area will be permanently closing at the end of the current school year, displacing 1,154 students (K-8) and 195 faculty and staff.Senators Grisanti, Patrick Gallivan and George Maziarz are the Western New York Senators co-sponsoring this measure, which previously passed the Senate in 2011 and 2012, with no action being taken on the legislation by the Assembly.In the letter to Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Grisanti said, ”Catholic and other schools in Wes
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership today joined members of the Western New York Delegation to express support for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for tax relief for businesses as detailed in last week’s State of the State address and the Tax Relief Commission’s recommendations.
NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced legislation that would standardize the income tax return checkoff donation programs, bringing the prostate cancer fund in line with others and ensuring that the donations -- which are currently sitting unspent, waiting to be disbursed by a questionable organization that has lost its tax-exempt status -- go to their intended use. The Squadron legislation follows a report released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that highlighted a number of gaps in the tax checkoff programs, including the major issues with the prostate cancer fund.
I was pleased to join my colleagues in State government and local leaders today in supporting tax reforms proposed by Governor Cuomo at last week's State of the State address. These reforms will provide needed tax relief for hardworking families, and will help attract more businesses and create more jobs for Upstate New York. This is real change that will help the New York economy continue on its path to recovery.
This essay by Senator O'Brien ran in the Democrat & Chronicle on January 11, 2014
As a new legislative session in Albany begins, I am preparing to address serious challenges to our region’s well-being.
During his State of the State address, the governor made it clear that upstate tax relief is his top priority. Mine, too. Eliminating corporate and energy taxes for upstate manufacturers and implementing the governor’s call for additional property tax relief are on the top of my agenda, as well.
In order to get into the convention center to hear the State of the State, people had to file past a loud group of protesters calling for a ban on fracking for natural gas, and others opposed to the New York SAFE Act which became the centerpiece to last year's speech.
On Wednesday, the Governor talked about creating jobs by relieving the tax burden on employers He wants to reduce the corporate income tax, abolish it all together for upstate manufacturers and put a freeze on property taxes.
Senator Dave Valesky supports the efforts. " We feel very confident that we'll be successful in providing meaningful tax relief to the taxpayers of our state." he told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon.
State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and more than 100 other local officials and community members Thursday for the regional State of the State address held in Watertown.
The address featured key points of Governor Cuomo’s recent State of the State address, including providing tax relief for hardworking New Yorkers, creating jobs and securing the best educational opportunities possible for students.
Today marks the beginning of the 2014 Legislative Session and with a new year comes new opportunities to create a brighter future for all New Yorkers.
In recent years, we have worked diligently to make changes that deliver results for the hardworking people of this state. We ended decades of late, unbalanced and bloated state budgets by passing three consecutive early budgets. We have kept money in the pockets of hardworking middle class taxpayers by reducing income tax rates and enacting a property tax cap. We’ve also continued the hard work of rebuilding our state’s economy by creating thousands of new jobs in our region and making strategic investments in Central and Northern New York.
Our achievements aside, there’s still a lot more to be done. Today, we heard Governor Cuomo discuss the benefits of cutting taxes. In the past three years, I’ve been pleased to support a total of 30 different tax cuts—saving New Yorkers $3 billion. This year, I’m looking forward to working just as hard to continue to push for new tax cuts that help to create more opportunities for New Yorkers to succeed.
"I strongly support Governor Cuomo’s plan to reduce taxes across New York State," said Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), who was selected to deliver the message to the Governor today that the Senate had convened.
“New York is one of the highest taxed states in the nation. People have been fleeing our great state because of the unbelievable tax burden. Governor Cuomo recognizes that we needs to stop this hemorrhaging and get serious about providing real tax relief if New York is to remain competitive and maintain its status as a financial leader. This year, I look forward to working with Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean Skelos and the rest of my colleagues to continue creating new jobs; boosting the State’s economy; and putting money back into the pockets of hard-working New Yorkers.
PRESS RELEASE: SENATOR BONACIC ADVOCATES FOR TAX REFORM
New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope) is eager to advocate for the Senate Republicans position on tax reform during the upcoming legislative session. The recommendations would create jobs and reduce taxes on businesses, families and seniors.
Statement from Senator George Maziarz: "Putting an end to the 18-a utility surcharge cannot come quickly enough. I have been banging this drum louder than anyone else since 2009 when this tax was foolishly created to support bloated state spending.
"I’m looking forward to hearing Gov. Cuomo’s roadmap for the year ahead. My specific focus is on jobs and tax relief. We’ve made some improvement in making New York more attractive for business, but we’ve still got a long way to go. I’m looking forward to hearing about any new initiatives, especially if they result in lower taxes or utility costs or reducing the regulatory burden.
Along with a New Year come a number of new laws for New York State. As the calendar page turned to 2014, a number of new measures went into effect—many of them aimed at providing much-needed tax relief that will create new opportunities to enable businesses and taxpayers to succeed.
My wife and I did some traveling for the holidays. Our destination was the same as the year before – and many years before that. One thing had changed, however. We didn’t agree on how to get there.
Governing is a lot like a road trip. All participants share a common destination, but the disagreements are always about what exact route to take.
State legislators and the governor, regardless of political affiliation, all want to help New York attract good-paying jobs and grow our economy. We also want to invest in our children and keep spending in check while maintaining services.
This week, Governor Cuomo will unveil his roadmap in a State of the State address. As always, I’m looking forward to hearing his plan.