Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose) today was appointed Ranking Minority Member of the Real Property Taxation Committee by Minority Leader Brian Kolb. McLaughlin accepted the position noting that this committee bears the most relevance today, and deals with working toward his top priority: making New York an affordable place to live again.
“I am extremely eager and excited to get to work as Ranking Minority Member of the Real Property and Taxation Committee on behalf of the taxpayers of New York,” said McLaughlin. “There is no greater time for legislators in Albany to get to work on implementing a property tax cap. As a citizen legislator, my role is to ensure the voices of my constituents are heard loud and clear and to ease the heavy tax burden facing the people of this region and state. ”
McLaughlin added that his appointment is in line with a top legislative priority of exploring measures that would enhance efficiency of real property taxation, in an effort to create financial savings for New York State and local governments, and improve service to taxpayers. McLaughlin also has been appointed as a member of the Banks, Children and Families, Small Business, and Tourism committees.
“My priorities for the taxpayers today are no different than they were before. My committee assignments exactly reflect my top legislative priorities of delivering tax relief for our families while creating higher efficiency in the way our state does business, and creating a healthy and vibrant private sector economy. These priorities are a sure way to get New York back on track, and I look forward to working with my Assembly colleagues on both sides of the aisle and Governor Cuomo to ensure it happens.”
While there is no timetable for when the first committee meeting will be, McLaughlin said he looks forward to bringing taxpayer concerns expressed to him over the last year to the committee. He said he will be seeking public input on issues pertinent to the communities he represents.