Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Addresses Property Tax Savings Through Shared Services in her TV Series “Speak Out” Featuring Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Superintendent Dr. James Langlois

May 28, 2008

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef “Speak Out” TV series on property taxes continues featuring Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Superintendent Dr. James Langlois.

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef continues to take a practical approach to the bleak economic forecast through this interactive series of interviews with experts that offer a wide range of perspectives on the current property tax crisis facing Westchester and Putnam County. The shows, which kicked off in March, will continue to appear on cable TV through October. In June, Galef speaks with Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Jim Langlois about BOCES role in sharing services, different approaches that may be taken, and how it might be expanded to help cut costs on a larger scale.

In July, Lee Kyriacou from the Office of Real Property Services shares his perspective on how to address property tax relief. In August, “Speak Out” features Deputy County Executive of Putnam County John Tully and Village Manager of Ossining Linda Cooper who discuss consolidation of assessment and other duplicative services, as well as best practices for sharing. In September, Galef is joined at a roundtable with New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Alfred DelBello, James Langlois, and Linda Puglisi to discuss shared services. Part two of this roundtable will be featured in October.

“Our economy necessitates that we take an in-depth look at offering comprehensive property tax relief throughout the state,” says Galef. “I hope these shows will help my constituents understand all the different perspectives on tax relief and ways that we can start working on now to cut costs.” Galef also serves as Chairperson of the Assembly Committee on Real Property Taxation.

Tune into Cablevision at the dates and times listed below to become part of the conversation and to gain understanding about this complex and challenging topic.

“Speak Out” with Sandy Galef airs as follows:
Ossining/Peekskill Channel 15 – Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.,
Wappingers Falls Channel 21 and Yorktown Channel 74 – Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

“School District Sharing to Save Tax Dollars,” with Dr. Jim Langlois airs 6/4, 11 18, & 25.
“Options for Property Tax Savings,” with Lee Kyriacou airs 7/2, 9, 16, & 23.
“County & Municipal Efficiencies to Save Tax Dollars,”
with Linda Cooper and John Tully airs 7/30, 8/6, 13 & 20.
“Roundtable on Shared Services with NYS Comptroller DiNapoli Part 1,” with panelists Thomas DiNapoli, Alfred DelBello, James Langlois and Linda Puglisi airs 8/27, 9/3, 10 & 17,
and “Roundtable… Part 2” airs 9/24, 10/1, 8 & 15