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Conte, Raia Push for Property-Tax Cap Vote

Long Island’s Assembly Minority Calls Out Majority on Measure

Long Island members of the Assembly Minority Conference today reaffirmed their support for a property tax cap in New York State, a measure which would protect homeowners against sky-high property taxes. They echoed members of the state Senate who, having already passed the measure, held a press conference in Suffolk County today pressing the Assembly to vote for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s property tax cap legislation.

The Assembly Majority, controlled by Speaker Shelly Silver, denied an Assembly Minority amendment to its rent-control legislation on April 11.

While all 51 members – or 100 percent – of the Assembly Minority Conference fully supported the amendment to bring Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap bill to the floor for a vote, 92 percent of Silver’s Assembly Majority did not support.

Andrew Raia

“It is high time that a tax cap proposal be debated on the Assembly floor,” said Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I – AD 9).

“I implore Governor Cuomo to use the bully pulpit to put pressure on the Assembly Majority in order to bring his bill to the floor for a vote. His leadership is needed to ensure that the Legislature delivers something which New Yorkers have long sought: meaningful and lasting tax relief,” said Assemblyman Jim Conte (R,C,I,WF – AD 10).

“Our taxpayers, schools, and municipalities are on the brink of financial crisis,” said Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C – AD 3). “We need to pass a property tax cap and substantial mandate relief now to help them get back on a firm financial footing.”

Murray has also drafted mandate relief legislation, Assembly bill 5305, that would place a three-year freeze on existing unfunded mandates on local governments and school districts and require an extensive review of these local cost-drivers. Said Murray, “I hope the property tax cap comes to the floor for an up-or-down vote now, because hard-working Long Islanders need relief today.”

“This property tax cap is the necessary mechanism to bring all parties to the table for meaningful mandate relief. It must be done,” said Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I – AD 7).

“I thank our senators for answering the call of residents,” said Assemblyman Saladino (R – 12 AD). “We need a tax cap that ends unfunded mandates and that is fair in driving state aid to our schools, which we deserve. This is something that must be done and I join them in calling on the Assembly Majority to bring a bill that is fair and equitable to the floor for a vote.”

“The Assembly Minority Conference is not the problem,” said Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C – AD 5). “We are ready to work with the Governor on this issue and many others. He needs to get his own house in order, because the opposition in the Assembly is coming from his own party.”

“The legislative record, the voting record, and the public
record are perfectly clear. The Assembly Minority Conference has been
pushing for a property tax cap since 2007, long before Governor Cuomo and long before it was popular,” said Assemblyman David McDonough (R,C,I – AD 19). “Since then, the Assembly Majority has refused to bring this
taxpayer-relief initiative up for a vote. Instead of lumping the entire
Legislature into one, the Governor should make public the members of his
party who are stonewalling this important legislation. Our fed-up
homeowners, who pay some of the nation’s highest property taxes, deserve to know who actually supports them.”

“I join the senators’ call for the property tax cap,” said Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C – AD 15). “Nassau County has the highest median property taxes in the entire country. Families, businesses, and homeowners cannot wait any longer for a property tax cap. The Assembly Majority is holding the cap hostage despite the Assembly speaker himself calling it a top priority. I can tell you from the letters and phone calls I receive daily from constituents that the cap is their top priority. The Assembly Majority needs to do the right thing and let the cap come to the floor for a vote. The time for waiting is over – the time to pass the cap is now!”

“The Assembly Majority is currently the only obstacle to passing real and lasting property tax relief in New York State. Governor Cuomo, the Senate Majority, the Assembly Minority and a majority of New Yorkers are all in favor of passing some form of tax cap,” said Assemblyman Dan Losquadro(R,C – AD 1). “A tax cap will not only provide needed relief to families and businesses, but will begin the process of mandate reform that is needed to lower taxes and reduce out-of-control spending.”

“Long Island taxpayers have been burdened for far too long with ever-rising property taxes,” said Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I – AD 17). “Nassau County residents pay the highest property taxes in the United States. Meaningful property tax reform and mandate relief are needed now.”

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3 comments to Conte, Raia Push for Property-Tax Cap Vote

  • A cap is not enough taxes are already too HIGH!We need a cut to stay in LI NY

  • […] Assemblyman Jim Conte (R,I,C,WF–Huntington Station) seen above with YouthBuild Long Island students from YouthBuild’s E3 Training Center, attended the recent announcement by Power Home Remodeling Group’s executives that their company plans to expand over the next two years, a move which would result in the creation of nearly 200 good- paying jobs in the area.  The company specializes in making homes more energy efficient, a feature extremely attractive to Long Island homeowners struggling with high energy costs. Photo (l to r): Assemblyman Andrew Raia; Senator Carl Marcellino; Adam Kaliner, co-founder and of Power Home Remodeling Group; Jeff Kaliner, chief executive and founder of Power Home Remodeling Group, Asher Raphel, chief strategy officer, Power Home Remodeling Group; Assemblyman Jim Conte, and Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone. […]

  • WE ARE A POOR UPSTATE COMMUNITY, DEPRESSED AND DISTRESSED, AND NO ADVANCMENT, AND WE ARE BEING TAXED LIKE WE ARE LIVING IN BEVERLY HILLS AND SILICONE VALLEY. WE ARE BEING ROBBED BY THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM AND THE LAWMAKERS.TIME TO GET THINGS BACK ON TRACK. A PROPERTY TAX CAP IS NOT GOING TO CUT IT.

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