“Today's vote shows that there is bipartisan support for property tax relief in New York State. I am looking forward to working with Local Governments, School Districts and others on a comprehensive package of governmental reforms. We need to move forward on mandate relief to ensure that we reach our goals of both a quality education for our youth and property tax relief for our families. This property tax cap should only be a first step towards progress."
Garden City, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) attended a public hearing today on Mandate Relief and the creation of a Real Property Tax Cap. Long Island Senators John Flanagan (R, C, I- East Northport) and Jack Martins (R,C, I-Mineola) hosted this joint committee hearing in Nassau County, NY, and invited Zeldin (above, right) to participate on the panel. This hearing focused on the policies and mechanisms that can be used to accomplish the two goals of Mandate Relief and a Real Property Tax Cap, as well as their impact on taxpayers, local governments, school districts, labor, businesses and jobs.
Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined with his colleagues of the Senate Republican Majority and the Assembly Republican Minority to call for the Assembly Majority to take action on the Property Tax Cap. Senator Zeldin was a co-sponsor of the Cap in the Senate which passed on January 31st, 2011. Joining Senator Zeldin (Above, Left) at the press conference was Heather Briccetti (Above, Right), Acting President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.
Long Island’s Republican State Senators held a news conference today to pressure the State Assembly into acting on property tax cap legislation that passed the Senate earlier this year. More than 18,000 taxpayers have signed Senate Republicans’ PassTheTaxCap.Com petition urging the Assembly to join the Senate and pass the Governor’s property tax cap bill.
“Passing the Governor’s hard property tax cap bill was one of the first things the Senate did this year and, unfortunately, the bill has languished in the Assembly,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.
Bayport, NY – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley), along with 7 other Long Island Republican State Senators, recently held a news conference to pressure the State Assembly Democratic Majority into acting on property tax cap legislation that passed the Senate earlier this year. The Long Island Senators were joined by Bayport residents, Richard and Joanne Curley, whose property taxes have increased 16.2% to $11,033 in the past three years.
More than 18,000 taxpayers have signed the Senate Republicans’ PassTheTaxCap.Com petition urging the Assembly to join the Senate and pass the Governor’s property tax cap bill.
"Tonight I am very proud to have voted to enact a strong property tax cap that will limit the growth of school and local government property taxes at two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. The number one issue in the Third Senate District is property taxes. We need property tax relief in the 3rd Senate District and this legislation is an important next step towards controlling our increasing property tax costs.
As I have repeatedly said, we need to find a more cost effective way to deliver a quality education for our school children.
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).
Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – The Business Council of New York State recently released their 2011 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State legislators’ “Commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session.” Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) received the Business Council’s highest score.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) announced today that within this week’s State Senate 2012-2013 Budget Resolution, there will be much needed tax relief for New York’s Senior Citizens.
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R, C, I-Amherst) and Senator Zeldin introduced this legislation (S.6286) in January and have been actively advocating on its behalf since. On February 29, 2012, the Senate’s Aging Committee unanimously passed their bill to restore the STAR Rebate Check for seniors.
“The return of the STAR Rebate will give struggling seniors on fixed incomes a little breathing room,” said Senator Zeldin. “The Rebate Check should not have been repealed in 2009 and it is important that we bring it back to provide property tax relief to seniors who need it most.”
In 2010, the State Education Department secured Race to the Top Funding from the U.S. Department of Education. In exchange for $700 Million in funding, the state education department made various commitments related to educational standards, testing, a teacher evaluation system, and data collection.