SCHOHARIE, 09/18/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I - Oneonta) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I - Schoharie) were joined by Schoharie County Clerk M. Indica Jaycox, Greene County Clerk Mike Flynn, Columbia County Clerk Holly C. Tanner and Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola, along with elected officials, including eight area town supervisors, at a press conference held this morning outside of the Schoharie County Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.
Over the past few years, at about this time, I have reminded homeowners to check their mailbox for their STAR rebate check. Unfortunately, this year, no such reminder is needed. Thanks to the governor and his Democrat colleagues, that check is not in the mail.
As we start 2010 it is time for New York to embark on a new direction. Our economic struggles have been well documented, particularly across the upstate region, and the time has come to change our thinking and generate a true rebirth. Last year we went to the edge of the cliff and if we are to avoid plunging into the financial abyss some tough decisions are required.
Governor Paterson recently unveiled his 2010 – 2011 budget proposal and while some ideas merit further examination others must be dismissed entirely if we are to promote economic development and job growth in upstate New York.
For many people the great American dream is to own a home. Unfortunately, once you achieve that dream in New York, the nightmare known as property taxes can keep you up at night. According to the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group based in Washington, D.C., New York routinely leads the nation when it comes to high property taxes. In fact, between 1977 and 2008, the Empire State ranked first of second in the country for its state-local tax burden compared to the U.S. average.
ALBANY, 03/11/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced a major new property tax cut initiative that will help New Yorkers remain in their homes. The “Homeowner Protection and Property Tax Rebate Act” would provide a property tax rebate for every middle-class homeowner, includes a cap on property taxes and significant mandate relief.
ALBANY, 04/21/10 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is calling for a state budget that includes commonsense spending cuts, property tax relief, job creating economic development incentives and most importantly - NO NEW TAXES.
Last year, the record spending budget, opposed by Senator Seward, included $8 billion in new taxes and fees, driving families and businesses out of the state. Albany leaders are proposing more of the same this year.
As Albany leaders continue to hold up the state budget, the frustration level grows daily. Taxpayers from across the state are sick and tired of the ongoing stalemate and the serious consequences the late state budget has created. I too am disturbed by the disregard to obey the law and convene public, bipartisan conference committees that would allow rank and file lawmakers to negotiate the budget in full view of the public.