Michael F. Nozzolio's posts related to Native Americans

SENATOR NOZZOLIO CALLS ON FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES TO VISIT INDIAN LAND CLAIM AREA - DENY TRUST APPLICATION

In response to the Cayuga Indian Nation’s recent purchase of yet another parcel of land in Seneca Falls, State Senator Mike Nozzolio is calling on the area's federal representatives, officials at the United States Department of the Interior and the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to visit Cayuga and Seneca Counties and see for themselves the amount of land that the Cayuga's have purchased.  If all of the land that has been purchased by the Cayuga Indian Nation is granted trust status it will destroy the tax base of Cayuga and Seneca Counties. 

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SENATOR NOZZOLIO BLASTS GOVERNOR OVER INDIAN TAX VETO

Seneca Falls- New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio blasted Governor Paterson’s veto of legislation that would restore the New York State Legislature's oversight and approval of any agreement or compact with representatives of the Indian Nations in New York State.“Despite warnings from myself and my colleagues, the Democratic Majority that now controls the State Legislature, approved legislation that Governor Paterson included in his last budget extender giving the Governor and all future governors, the power to negotiate a compact or agreement with representatives of New York's Indian Nations without

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SENATOR NOZZOLIO CALLS ON FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES TO VISIT INDIAN LAND CLAIM AREA - DENY TRUST APPLICATION

In response to the Cayuga Indian Nation’s recent purchase of yet another parcel of land in Seneca Falls, State Senator Mike Nozzolio is calling on the area's federal representatives, officials at the United States Department of the Interior and the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to visit Cayuga and Seneca Counties and see for themselves the amount of land that the Cayuga's have purchased.  If all of the land that has been purchased by the Cayuga Indian Nation is granted trust status it will destroy the tax base of Cayuga and Seneca Counties. 

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SENATOR NOZZOLIO BLASTS FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT ON CAYUGA LAND CLAIM

In response to the federal Environmental Impact Statement declaring there would be no significant impact on the region if the Cayuga Indian Nation put their land in Seneca and Cayuga Counties into trust, State Senator Mike Nozzolio blasted the federal government for their reckless disregard of thecitizens of the Finger Lakes region.“Can’t the federal government do basic math? Anyone who can add or subtract will tell you that if land is taken off the tax rolls, local governments will lose revenue and the region’s property taxpayers will be forced to assume the consequences,” said Senator Nozzolio.

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Tax official ready to halt cigarette sales by Indians to non-Indians

During his recent State Senate confirmation process, Thomas Mattox, Governor Cuomo's newly appointed New York State Tax Commissioner, stated that his Department is ready to begin immediate enforcement of the collection of sales taxes on goods sold by Native Americans to non-Indians. Attached below is a copy of the news article stating Commissioner Mattox’s position.

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Tax official ready to halt cigarette sales by Indians to non-Indians.pdf

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Update from Senator Nozzolio & Assemblyman Brian Kolb on the Cayuga Land Claim

The Cayuga Indians’ attempt to create an Indian reservation in Cayuga and Seneca Counties is undoubtedly one of the most serious issues facing property owners in our region. Please take a moment to read the attached letter from State Senator Mike Nozzolio and Assemblyman Brian Kolb updating you on their efforts to protect local property owners and taxpayers.

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Update from Senator Nozzolio and Assemblyman Kolb on Cayuga Land Claim.pdf

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Senator Nozzolio and Assemblymen Brian Kolb and Gary Finch Answer Questions on the Cayuga Indians

Recently, a number questions have been raised on the status of the Cayuga Indians’ attempts to establish an Indian reservation in Seneca and Cayuga counties, as well as the ongoing issue of sales tax collection on Indian-owned businesses. In an effort to address these concerns, Senator Nozzolio and Assemblymen Brian Kolb and Gary Finch have compiled a list of Questions and Answers on this very important issue. Please take a moment to read the attached information.

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Ask your Federal Representatives to Support Legislation Reimbursing Local Counties Impacted By Indian Land Trust

One of the most important and serious issues facing property taxpayers in Cayuga and Seneca Counties is the Cayuga Indian Nation's application for trust status on land they have purchased in Cayuga and Seneca County.  If approved, the Cayuga's can request that ALL the land that they have purchased in Cayuga and Seneca County be removed from the tax rolls.  Simply put, it means they will pay NO property taxes on all the acres of land that they now own in our two counties.

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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS DISMISSES CAYUGA INDIAN LAND TRUST APPLICATION IN SENECA AND CAYUGA COUNTIES

As your New York State Senator representing Cayuga and Seneca Counties, I have been steadfast in my strong opposition to any and all efforts by the Cayuga Indians to apply for trust status on land they have purchased in these counties.  I have repeatedly called upon our Federal representatives to do everything in their power to protect local property taxpayers and urge the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to reject the Cayugas’ application to create an Indian reservation. 

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NOZZOLIO AND KOLB DISAPPOINTED IN FEDERAL COURT DECISION: CALL ON FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES TO ACT

In the wake of yesterday’s disappointing decision by the United States Federal District Court to deny the rights of local governments and school districts to collect unpaid property taxes on land owned by individual Cayuga Indians, New York State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assemblyman Brian Kolb have called upon United States Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, as well as area congressmen, to immediately enact the legislation deemed necessary by the federal court.

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