Contact: Joshua Fitzpatrick, (518) 455-3751
For Immediate Release:
Friday, August 8, 2008

Statement From Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco

"The State Senate today passed historic and sweeping legislation that would cap property taxes in New York State at 4 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. Under their new leader, Senator Dean Skelos, the Senate Majority stood with Governor Paterson and did the right thing for our taxpayers, our children and our quality of life. They are to be commended.

New Yorkers pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. The sheer cost of living in New York has forced many residents and businesses to leave, thus slowing the economic engine of our great state. Young people are finding it difficult to purchase homes, seniors are struggling to maintain their homes and businesses are fighting to create and retain jobs. A property tax cap is exactly the type of incentive we need for families and businesses to move and stay here.

As was said many times today during the Senate session, 'it's a shame the lights are out in the other chamber.' Although no-show jobs are illegal in New York State, our chamber has the ultimate no-show leadership in the Assembly Majority.

The Assembly will return to Albany on Tuesday, August 19th . My Assembly Minority colleagues and I will be ready and willing to pass a property tax cap bill. We are calling on Speaker Silver and his conference to stand with Governor Paterson like we are, like Senator Skelos did today, and bring this legislation to the floor for a vote. New Yorkers are counting on it, and they deserve nothing less."

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