Senator Lee Zeldin Joins Governor Andrew Cuomo in Signing of Historic Property Tax Cap Legislation

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined members of the Long Island State Senate Delegation and Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at the Lynbrook home of James and Janet Gannon for an historic signing of the property tax cap bill that passed the State Legislature on Friday, June 24, 2011.  This legislation will limit the tax levy growth for school districts and local governments to two percent, or the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index (whichever is less).

The tax cap was also accompanied by legislation that will begin a mandate relief process for local governments and school districts.  These relief efforts include a number of mandate reform recommendations that will benefit local governments, saving more than $125 million annually.  Eliminating the MTA Payroll Tax is also being advocated as a primary issue for Albany to tackle next year.  The elimination of this tax, coupled with comprehensive mandate relief, is viewed as another way for local governments and school districts to cut costs without cutting vital programs or services.

Senator Zeldin (3rd from left) is pictured here with (from left to right): Sen. Kemp Hannon (R, C, I- Garden City ), Sen. Jack Martins (R- Mineola), Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R, C, I- Rockville Centre), Sen. Chuck Fuschillo (R-Merrick), Governor Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Carl Marcellino (R- Syosset), Sen. John Flanagan (R, C, I- Smithtown), and Sen. Owen Johnson (R, C, I- Babylon).