Currently, local governments are able to negotiate with citizens who due to worsening economic conditions have been unable to pay their taxes on time to pay them over time on an installment plan. This bill, sponsored by Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-Nanuet) would permit local governments, at their option, to increase the installment payment plan for the currently 24 months to an period of 36 months until December 31, 2011 in order to help New Yorkers avoid foreclosure.
State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District), Chair of the Local Government Committee announced the unanimous passage of her legislation, Senate bill 5600-B, by the full Senate. The measure is designed to provide local governments and school districts with greater contract flexibility in purchasing information technology and telecommunications equipment and services.
Chairman Suozzi and Distinguished Members of the Commission, thank you for the opportunity to speak before you today.
The task you have been given is monumental, though it can be easily articulated. You have been charged with finding ways to provide real property tax relief to New York State residents without jeopardizing our ability to provide the quality of education necessary for our children to compete and succeed in the global marketplace.