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Galef To NYSUT Protestors: My Constituents Want A Tax Cap

Posted By Joseph Spector On May 31, 2011 @ 5:47 pm In Other | Comments Disabled

[1]Assembly Real Property Taxation Committee chairwoman Sandy Galef, D-Ossining, Westchester County, responded to a protest outside her district office today by the New York State United Teachers union, saying her constituents support a property-tax cap.

“I have conducted a couple of polls throughout my Assembly District over the last three years, and in each of them, constituents overwhelmingly supported a property tax cap,” she said in a statement this afternoon. “Westchester County continues to be the county with the highest property taxes in the nation, and New York has one of the highest property taxes of any state in the nation.”

Galef had been leery of a tax cap for years and instead had supported a circuit breaker, which ties property taxes to household income but also comes with at least a $1 billion price tag. But Galef started supporting a property-tax cap back in 2008 [2]during her re-election campaign.

“We must get control of our spending. I believe this property tax cap legislation is the first step to doing so,” Galef said, adding that the next step would be mandate relief for local governments and schools.

Galef is among suburban lawmakers who are expected to face resistance to a tax cap from schools, unions and local governments as legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo seek to pass a 2 percent tax cap before session ends June 20. Legislative leaders and Cuomo announced a tentative deal last week. [3]


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[2] Galef started supporting a property-tax cap back in 2008 : http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2008/08/01/galef-i-like-tax-cap/

[3] announced a tentative deal last week. : http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/voteup/2011/05/24/cuomo-backs-assemblys-tax-cap-plan-senate-republicans-reviewing-it/