As Governor Andrew Cuomo prepares to embark on his statewide tour to build support for enactment of a property tax cap, Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) today said the Governor should, "Make it clear to New York taxpayers who actually supports the property tax cap - and who doesn't."
"Governor Cuomo's announcement that he will be traveling the state to generate support for the property tax cap is welcome news. The Governor should make it perfectly clear to New York taxpayers who actually supports the property tax cap - and who doesn't. Our Assembly Minority Conference supports the property tax cap, is on record as voting for the Governor's property tax cap bill, and has been leading this fight since 2007," Leader Kolb said.
On April 11, 2011, Leader Kolb and the Minority Conference offered Governor Cuomo's Property Tax Cap Program Bill - the same legislation that the Senate Majority passed back on January 31 - as an amendment to the Assembly Majority's rent regulation legislation. All 51 Members of the Assembly Minority supported the amendment that was ultimately defeated by the Majority on a procedural vote.
"The legislative record, the voting record, and the public record are perfectly clear: our Members have been pushing for an up-or-down vote on the property tax cap since we first introduced the 'New York State Property Taxpayers Protection Act' A.3897) over four years ago. Since then, the Assembly Majority has kept our tax cap bill bottled up in Committee. These are facts the Governor should mention when speaking with fed-up homeowners who pay some of the nation's highest property taxes," Leader Kolb stated.
"New York has never been closer to having a property tax cap. In the Assembly, we are only 25 votes away from the tax cap passing. Think about that: if 25 Members of the Majority join with our Members, our state will finally have a tax cap. If Governor Cuomo takes his statewide tour to Assembly Majority districts - and the media lets homeowners in these communities know where the Member truly stands - I am confident the property tax cap will pass this session," Leader Kolb concluded.