Senator Liz Krueger Releases Property Tax Report

Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) released today a comprehensive report by the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform on New York State’s property tax exemption system and its impacts on taxpayers. 

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Staff Report to the New York State Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform on Evaluating the Needs for and Costs of New York State Property Tax Exemptions

The rampant growth of property taxes throughout New York State over the past quarter century has fueled an ever-growing demand for relief in the form of exemptions. But higher taxes call for more relief, which results in higher taxes. It’s a vicious cycle.

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Staff Report to the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform

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Betty Little: N.Y.'s government has gone mad

By MAURY THOMPSON thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Friday, December 18, 2009 7:15 am

GLENS FALLS -- Dysfunction in state government is the worst it has been in her 14 years in the Legislature, said state Sen. Elizabeth Little.

"It is now beyond dysfunction. It is madness, or something," Little, R-Queensbury, said Thursday at a meeting with The Post-Star editorial board.

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State aid delay prompts spending freeze for Tupper schools

All local school districts, counties are affected

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: December 16, 2009

Gov. David Paterson's plan to preserve the state's cash flow by delaying December aid payments to schools by 10 percent has led one local school district to implement a spending freeze.

"Anything that's not critical to school operations, safety or programs is not going to be approved," Tupper Lake Central School District Superintendent Seth McGowan said.

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$200 LIPA Credit Still Available to Suffolk Seniors - Click Here for Application

Senator Encourages all eligible residents to apply for the $200 LIPA credit as part of the Senior Energy Assitance Program. To obtain the application, click here, or simply scroll down and click on the pdf form attached.

 

Download the pdf. application below.

Once completed, applications can be mailed to:

LIPA

ATTN: IE-SEAP

P.O. BOX 9083

MELVILLE, NY 11747

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Sen. Foley Encourages Eligible Residents to Utlize HEAP Benefits - Click Here for Application

To apply for HEAP, simply click here or scroll down on on this page and download the pdf attachement.

Once completed, you may mail the application to:

Suffolk County Department of Social Services

P.O. Box 1800

Hauppauge, NY 11788

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Residents May Obtain Applications for HEAP and $200 LIPA Credit Here

To apply for HEAP you may click here or download the HEAP application attached below. Once completed HEAP applications should be mailed to:

Suffolk County Department of Social Services

P.O. Box 1800

Hauppauge, NY 11788

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HEAP Application

File: 
LIPA $200 Credit Application

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'Tis The Season For Safe Shopping

While shopping our local main streets is still one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit and at the same time help spark the local economy, shopping online has also become a very popular way to purchase gifts.   Whether during the holiday season or any other time of the year, Internet shoppers can reduce their chances of becoming victims of online predators by following some simple tips.

According to the New York State Consumer Protection Board (NYSCPB), online shoppers should follow these safety guidelines:

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Senate Majority Leader Espada's Letter to MTA Chairman

State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. has asked Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Carl Kruger to immediately commission an independent forensic audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, LENNY ROSADO JOIN WITH OFFICIALS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND DWI VICTIMS IN REMINDING PEOPLE THAT LEANDRA'S LAW TAKES EFFECT FRIDAY

           Senator Fuschillo reminds people that starting tomorrow, those who drive drunk with a child in the car will face felony charges under Leandra’s Law. He is joined by Leandra Rosado’s father, Lenny (second right), Assemblyman Weisenberg (right), Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey (left), and Farmingdale State College President Dr. Hubert Keen (second left).

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