Tedisco: “The Property Taxes Are Too Damn High!”
Assemblyman who authored first tax cap bill this decade says Legislature shouldn’t go on extended spring break until tax cap is passed into law
April 12, 2011
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) today called on the Assembly to vote on Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap bill, as the Senate has done, before departing Albany for an extended, two-week-long spring break. Numerous studies have shown that New York continues to lead the nation in having the highest property tax burden on homeowners and businesses. That is why, in 2007, Tedisco authored the first property tax cap bill this decade, “The Property Taxpayers Protection Act.” “Some may be outraged about the cost of rent in New York City, but there’s no doubt about it, New York State’s property taxes are too damn high! If the Assembly can protect rent-controlled apartments in Manhattan, then it has the time to bring tax cap legislation to the Floor for an up-or-down vote before the month is up,” said Tedisco, former Assembly Minority Leader and current Assistant Minority Whip. “By passing an on-time, fiscally-responsible budget that actually reduces spending, we made a good first step to turning New York’s economy around. However, the job’s not done. The next step is capping out-of-control property taxes and then eliminating the unfunded state mandates that cause municipalities to raise taxes in the first place,” said Tedisco. “No more delays. No more excuses. No more missed opportunities. Let’s cap and cut property taxes now,” said Tedisco.