Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Hosts Public Forum with Tom Suozzi to Discuss Commission on Property Tax Relief Forum

Report to be released June 3rd
May 30, 2008

The Suozzi Commission, set to deliver its initial recommendations on Property Tax Relief to Governor Paterson on June 3rd, will visit Sandy Galef’s assembly district to discuss the details with constituents and key interest groups.

Galef has invited Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, who chairs the commission, to lead a discussion on the report’s findings and recommendations to help get the word out and inform the public about how New York State might effectively tackle its enormous and growing property tax burden. The forum will take place June 9th, from 7-9pm at Putnam Valley High School, 146 Peekskill Hollow Road, Putnam Valley.

“Property taxes are an extremely complex issue. I think the sooner we can start, as individuals, to understand the impact of changing our current system the better chance we have of implementing something that can really help us get out from under this burden,” states Galef. “I plan to have a questionnaire available at the forum to immediately start to get feedback about the commission’s recommendations and how they will impact taxpayers. Many interest groups will also have an opportunity to comment. It is a good chance to hear, be heard, and more importantly to be part of crafting the solution.”

County Executive Suozzi said. “I am confident that the recommendations contained in this report, once implemented, can make a tremendous difference for taxpayers across the state. I believe they offer a solution to slow the rate of growth of New York State's unsustainable property tax burden and bring much needed relief. I look forward to engaging the public in a positive discussion on how we can move forward with the Commission's recommendations.”

This forum will encourage the public to get a close up look at the process the Commission followed to develop its recommendations as well as suggested next steps. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

For more information or directions to Putnam Valley High School, contact Sandy Galef’s district office at (914) 941-1111 or e-mail Dana Levenberg at