Assemblyman Saladino Tackles Rising Fuel Costs For Home Heating
June 2, 2008
Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino and his Assembly colleagues held a press conference calling on the state Legislature to address the anticipated increase in home heating costs during the winter. They introduced a five-bill legislative package that aims to offset the increase in costs. “The rising cost of home heating fuel is proving to be one of the greatest challenges for residents living anywhere in the state, from Long Island to Buffalo,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “We must use this precious time in Albany to map out a plan and provide real relief to those who are already struggling to stay afloat.” The five-bill legislative package addresses a Senior Citizen Heat Tax Rebate, which is a $200 heat tax rebate for senior citizens, a Personal Income Tax credit for taxpayers whose home heating exceeds five percent of their New York Adjusted Gross Income; an Energy Efficient Improvement provision to offset the cost of energy efficient improvements to residences; and a Sales Tax Exemption for Alternative Fuels. Assemblyman Saladino has sponsored a bill (Assembly Bill A.6270), which provides a $500 tax credit for the cost of removing an old fuel tank and installing a new one. “My bill is designed to protect the environment and our drinking water from fuel leaks in underground tanks. This problem is prevalent on Long Island where the soil is more damp and corrosive,” said Assemblyman Saladino. As a member of the New York State Environmental Conservation Committee, Assemblyman Saladino has made a priority of making fuel and energy more affordable.