Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Continues to Address Property Tax Relief in her “Speak Out” TV Series Featuring Lee Kyriacou, Executive Director of the Office of Real Property Services

July 1, 2008

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef continues her conversations with experts focusing on the wide range of perspectives on the current property tax crisis facing New York State. The shows, which kicked off in March, continue to appear on cable television through October. In July, Galef speaks with Lee Kyriacou, Executive Director of the NY State Office of Real Property Services to discuss possible ways communities and governments can save money

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.

“Property tax relief is our number one priority right now in the state,” says Galef. “Our weakened economy offers us an opportunity to take a hard look at what we can do to reduce costs without compromising services we have come to expect. I hope these shows will help my constituents understand all the different perspectives on tax relief and ways that we can start working 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.

“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