Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Invites Tom Suozzi to Discuss Final Recommendations from the NYS Commission on Property Tax Relief

January 16, 2009

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef continues her focus on property tax relief. She has asked Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi to come back to her district to address the public about the Commission on Property Tax Relief’s final findings. The forum, which is open to the public, takes place Thursday, January 22, 2009, 7-9pm at Croton Village Hall, Croton Municipal Building, 1 Van Wyck, Croton-on-Hudson.

Tom Suozzi chairs the Commission, which was set up by executive order in January of 2008 and charged with finding the root causes of New York State’s very high property taxes. The Commission was also asked to recommend solutions, which included consideration of a property tax cap. The Commission has recommended a cap as the first priority followed by a number of other steps it deems necessary to rein in rapidly escalating property taxes

“This is an opportunity for the public to hear about the Commission’s complete report, gain an understanding of the most recent findings, and provide feedback to me on the recommendations,” said Galef. “The report was extremely thorough, and I believe the Commission’s findings were on target. I welcome input from my constituents so I can move forward working on these recommendations in the manner that best benefits this area as well as the rest of New York State.”

In his introductory letter to Governor Paterson, Suozzi calls for the State Legislature to accept the Governor’s challenge to “work together to reduce State spending. Our school districts also need to reduce spending, but to do so the State must enact the historically difficult to achieve changes in state laws and mandates.” The final report continues to call for a property tax cap and circuit breaker legislation, but also focuses more on mandate relief for schools and ways to reduce costs for Special Education.

There will be an opportunity for audience questions.

For more information and/or directions, contact the Assemblywoman’s office at (914) 941-1111 or e-mail Dana Levenberg