Issues: Taxes

Local manufacturers deliver strong message: New York State overtaxed, overregulated and too expensive (UPDATED, October 10, 2013)

Corning, N.Y., October 9— On the same day that the Washington D.C.-based Tax Foundation called New York State’s business tax climate the worst in the nation, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and members of the State Senate Majority Coalition held a public hearing at Corning Community College and heard the same message from local and statewide business leaders and economic development officials: New York State is overtaxed, overregulated and too costly. 

October 9, 2013
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O'Mara, Senate colleagues bring regulatory reform hearings to Corning today ~ Watch a live webcast beginning at Noon

Corning, N.Y., October 9—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and members of the Senate Majority Coalition will hold a public hearing in Corning today to hear from local and statewide business leaders and economic development officials on which state rules, regulations and mandates most impact their industries and communities, and should be eliminated.

The hearing is being held at Corning Community College (Triangle Lounge of the Commons Building) beginning at Noon.  

October 8, 2013
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Flood Victims Deserve Property Tax Break

HERKIMER, 10/08/13 – Mohawk Valley state legislators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) today announced introduction of special legislation to assist Mohawk Valley property owners recovering from flooding during the summer of 2013. 

October 8, 2013
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Senators on Regulatory Reform

Senator David J. Valesky appeared on Capital Tonight on YNN this week, along with Sens. Patrick Gallivan and Kathleen Marchione, to talk about the regulatory reform hearings they have been conducting around the state to find burdensome and unnecessary regulations. Watch the interview here.

October 4, 2013
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O'Mara welcomes bipartisan Tax Relief Commission: 'It sets the stage for meaningful tax relief'

Albany, N.Y., October 2— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo that he’s establishing a bipartisan “Tax Relief Commission” to recommend billions of dollars in tax cuts, with an emphasis on property tax relief:

October 2, 2013
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GALLIVAN’S REGULATORY REFORM PUSH CONTINUES ACROSS THE STATE

Two Wyoming County Farmers Travel to Watertown to Testify Before Senate Panel at Agriculture Forum

September 26, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Testimony from Tax Reform Hearings

This edition of Your Voice features various video clips from the public hearings that I have held statewide to address tax reform.  You can listen to the testimony of diverse business leaders from Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo, who shared their ideas for creating a fairer tax system in New York state. I will be hosting two additional hearings in the month of October. 

September 19, 2013
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GALLIVAN LEADS FIRST BIPARTISAN FORUM ON STATE REGULATORY REFORM

Panel Will Hear Input From Leaders In WNY’s Healthcare And Medical Sciences Industries

BUFFALO - A statewide series of industry-specific bipartisan forum’s intended to identify and help eliminate up to 1,000 burdensome and duplicitous state regulations that impede job creation and economic growth will kick-off in Downtown Buffalo on Wednesday at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where the chairs of the statewide effort – Sens. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie County), David Valesky (D-Onondaga County), Kathleen Marchione (R-Saratoga County) and David Carlucci (D-Rockland County) – will hear testimony from leaders in Western New York’s healthcare and medical sciences industries.

September 9, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Chairs Hearing on Tax Reform Initiatives

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Carl L. Marcellino, chairman of the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, are hosting five statewide public hearings on reforming New York’s tax policies to help reduce the burden on taxpayers and help create jobs.  

September 5, 2013
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O'Brien applauds innovative tax cut plan in Unshackle Upstate's "New Economic Revitalization Agenda"

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O'Brien expressed his support today for a broad range of tax relief proposals for Upstate New York detailed in Unshackle Upstate’s "New ERA" (Economical Revitalization Agenda) plan. The plan aims to energize the upstate economy and significantly relieve the tax burden on middle and working class families and small businesses.

September 3, 2013
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Senator O'Brien reminds homeowners to reapply for STAR property tax exemption

ROCHESTER, N.Y. --  Senator Ted O’Brien today reminded New Yorkers who currently receive the basic STAR exemption they must reapply before December 31 to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and future years.

“The STAR exemption is one of the best tools we currently have to help protect New Yorkers from the crushing burden of property taxes,” Senator O’Brien said.  “The program was being strained by inappropriate and fraudulent uses, and this reapplication process will help ensure that this program is preserved for the hundreds of thousands who rely on it for tax relief.”

The exemption is for owner-occupied primary residences with a family income less than $500,000, and exempts the first $30,000 of the home’s value from school taxes.

August 30, 2013
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Urges Homeowners To Re-Apply For STAR Exemption

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) announced today that starting August 19th through the end of December, registration to receive the Basic STAR exemption will be open. All resident homeowners who wish to receive the exemption for 2014 and subsequent years must register with the New York State Tax Department as required by new legislation passed this year to eliminate fraud and duplication.

August 30, 2013
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE TO HOLD STATEWIDE HEARINGS ON TAX REFORM

Senators DeFrancisco & Marcellino To Chair Hearings on Reducing and Reforming NYS Taxes To Ease Burden on Taxpayers and Create Jobs

The state Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), and the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), have scheduled five statewide public hearings on how New York’s tax policies can be changed to reduce the burden on taxpayers and to help businesses create more jobs.

August 29, 2013
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Statement by New York State Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos

If Governor Cuomo truly intends to cut taxes next year, as has been reported by at least two media outlets, he will have a partner in the Senate Republican conference.                

August 28, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN REMINDS HOMEOWNERS TO REGISTER FOR BASIC STAR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) reminded Western New York homeowners today that new registration requirements for the Basic STAR exemption for school property taxes have gone into effect and all homeowners seeking the Basic STAR Property Tax Exemption in 2014 must register for the property tax break with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

August 22, 2013
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FELDER: “DON’T LOSE YOUR TAX BREAK!”

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is reminding homeowners who currently receive a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in order to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. The registration requirement came about as part of new legislation intended to prevent inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions. Registration began on August 19, 2013 and will continue through December 31, 2013.

August 20, 2013
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STAR Registration Fact Sheet

New legislation will require all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive STAR exemptions in 2014 and subsequent years.  Registration will begin on August 19 and continue through December 31, 2013.  The NYS Tax Department will mail instructions to all current Basic STAR recipients on how to register.  Senior Citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not affected by the new registration requirement.

August 19, 2013
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ROCHESTER AREA BUSINESSES JOIN SENATOR GALLIVAN FOR BUSINESS SUMMIT AT RIT

Small Businesses From Across Monroe and Livingston Counties Hear Discussions From WNY State Senator And Small Business Development Experts At RIT’s Golisano Institute of Sustainability

HENRIETTA, NY – More than 50 area employers turned out Thursday morning for New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan’s (R-C-I, 59th District) Small Business Summit at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) state-of-art Golisano Institute of Sustainability in Henrietta. RIT sponsored the event in partnership with the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce and the Livingston County Area Chamber of Commerce.

June 28, 2013
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New York Times: Luxe Builders Chase Dreams of Property Tax Exemptions

Sen. Krueger spoke with New York Times columnist Michael Powell for this piece on abuses in the 421-a tax credit program:

State Senator Liz Krueger watches such unneeded tax subsidies — for energy, insurance, tobacco and luxury development — slip like barges down a darkened canal. She notes that the housing bill “was held hostage so a few well-connected developers could rob taxpayers to the tune of millions.”

June 27, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN REGARDING THE ASSEMBLY’S FAILURE TO PASS ULSTER COUNTY SALES TAX LEGISLATION

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today called on the New York State Assembly to commit to placing legislation to extend Ulster County’s sales tax on any future agenda should they be called back into session by the Governor.  The Assembly left town on Friday without taking up the measure.

June 25, 2013
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