Last week, Senator Robach voted in favor of bill S6212-A, a bill that would create a circuit breaker tax relief system, restore rebate checks for seniors and put a cap on property tax levy increases. Although supportive of the bill, Senator Robach says more must be done to ease the burden that high property taxes are causing for working families across western New York.
Click here to read Channel 10's coverage of the Property Tax Cap passing in the New York Senate on Monday, January 31st, and to see what Senator Robach had to say about the legislation on the Senate floor during the vote.
On Monday, January 31st, the New York State Senate, by a 43-17 vote, passed the Property Tax Cap. Senator Robach said the following on the Senate Floor, "Let me explain to my colleagues in New York City, we do not have hundreds of thousands of people moving into our districts. People are voting with their feet, and are saying it's because of high property tax."
On Tuesday, April 12th, Senator Robach made comments during a press conference regarding the passage of a Property Tax Cap.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and representatives of business organizations from across the state held the news conference to urge the Assembly to act on the Governor’s property tax cap legislation.
On Thursday, May 4th, Senator Robach was a guest on Legislative Update. Among the topics discussed were a preview of what's coming up for the rest of the 2011 legislative session, new legislation enacted regarding text messaging while drive, and a proposed gas tax holiday.
SENATE PASSES HISTORIC PROPERTY TAX CAP LEGISLATION Bill Also Provides for Mandate Relief The New York State Senate today passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes. The bill (S.5856), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, will cap school and local government taxes to less than two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower. Mandate relief is also included, with $127 million in savings to local governments, in addition to the creation of a Mandate Relief Council to identify and repeal unsound, unduly burdensome laws and regulations.
On Thursday, July 7th, Senator Robach joined Governor Cuomo as he signed into law the Property Tax Cap, which the New York State Legislature recently passed. Governor Cuomo signed the property tax cap at the home of Mike and Amanda Ostrander in Irondequoit. Like many taxpayers in Monroe County, the Ostranders, parents of two children, have made sacrifices to afford the state's skyrocketing property taxes. Mike is an attorney and Amanda is an Adult literacy teacher who also volunteers at a local day care. They pay nearly $5,000 annually in property taxes, well above the median property tax bill in New York state. This law will provide meaningful tax relief to the Ostrander family and other homeowners across New York.
I was pleased to join my colleagues in State government and local leaders today in supporting tax reforms proposed by Governor Cuomo at last week's State of the State address. These reforms will provide needed tax relief for hardworking families, and will help attract more businesses and create more jobs for Upstate New York. This is real change that will help the New York economy continue on its path to recovery.