Montesano Speaks At Property Tax Cap Rally

May 10, 2011

Assemblyman Montesano addresses crowd at Albany Tax Cap Rally.

Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) today joined state Assembly and Senate colleagues at a rally in Albany to push for a property tax cap. The event, organized by Long Islanders for Education Reform (LIFER), highlighted the negative effects high property taxes are having on New York families and businesses. "According to a recent Siena College poll, New Yorkers rated property taxes as their top concern,” said Montesano. “New York has some of the highest property taxes in the nation and the highest combined local taxes, exceeding the national average by 79 percent. Nassau County has the highest median property taxes paid on homes in the entire country. Families, businesses and homeowners suffer under the weight of these exorbitant taxes. The growth of these taxes exceeds the ability of people to pay. There is a clear and critical need for a property tax cap now.”

The Assembly Minority Conference has long been an outspoken proponent of a property tax cap and recently attempted to force a vote on the issue. The Assembly Majority blocked a vote and New Yorkers still wait for critical property tax relief.

“The rally was a good way of letting the Assembly Majority know how important this issues is and how much it means to real New Yorkers,” said Montesano. “We cannot afford to wait any longer - New Yorkers need and deserve a cap now. We also need to find ways to help local governments and school districts cut costs by providing meaningful mandate relief. It is time to start rebuilding New York and the cap is a great first step.”