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Help establish Senator Seward’s legislative agenda for 2012.New York is facing a number of significant challenges in 2012 – fortunately, steps are being taken to confront these obstacles head on.During the past year I worked in partnership with Governor Cuomo and my legislative colleagues to cut state spending, hold the line on taxes and help revitalize our economy. Great strides are being made but additional steps must be taken to capitalize on the momentum.
As I prepare to return to Albany, I want to know what issues are important to you.
Overburdened taxpayers in upstate New York and across the state are desperate for relief. The tax cap was a great first step but to actually cut property taxes, county governments need relief from unfunded mandates handed down by the state. Medicaid is the largest mandated budget item for every county in New York State and is the primary reason that New Yorkers pay the highest property taxes in the nation.
New York has clearly faced major economic challenges in recent years. That’s why – in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo – we took decisive action during this year’s Legislative Session to help revitalize our economy and create new job opportunities. Taken together, these changes and reforms represent one of the boldest job-creation plans New York State has enacted in decades. That’s good news – especially in terms of our efforts to create new jobs here right in our local community.REAL PROGRESS / FUNDAMENTAL REFORMS
The positive steps we’ve taken to create a stronger economy include the following:
"Information is the currency of democracy." -- Thomas Jefferson
With our State clearly facing serious fiscal and economic challenges, it's important for all New Yorkers to get the facts about Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed Executive Budget for 2011-2012.
My Senate colleagues and I have begun carefully reviewing the Governor's plan to determine its potential impact on taxpayers, our local communities, and New York's economic future. You can help play a role in this process by reviewing the budget briefing documents below, and then providing me with your feedback on the plan.
New York homeowners are sick and tired of paying the highest property taxes in the nation.Property tax increases have made it difficult for seniors to stay in their homes, tougher for young people to afford to purchase their first home and have squeezed the budgets of families and businesses across the state.Placing a cap on school and local government property taxes would provide the relief that homeowners desperately need.I recently supported Senate passage of a property tax relief bill that would cap the growth of local tax levies at two percent or the consumer price index, whichever is less.