A Call For Action on Tax Cap Legislation

Long Island state senate delegation pressures Assembly leaders to vote on bill they say would hold the line on property taxes.

The Long Island state senate delegation gathered in Bayport Thursday afternoon to pressure their colleagues in the state Assembly to approve legislation that would cap property tax increases at 2 percent.

During a press conference at the home of Richard and Joanne Curley, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, and freshman Sen. Lee Zeldin, R-Shirley, whose district includes Bayport, both said the property tax cap would help ease the burden on homeowners across Long Island.

Senate officials said the Curley’s home was selected because it is representative of the tax burden facing homeowners in Nassau and Suffolk counties. According to Joanne Curley, the property taxes on her family’s home have risen from slightly more than $6,000 eight years ago to more than $11,000 today.

Early this year the state senate approved legislation that would cap property tax increases at 2 percent or at the level of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is smaller. While Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports this legislation, his fellow Democrats in the Assembly have yet to bring the measure to a vote.

David D'Agostino May 20, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Concerned citizen, there are many costs that effect school budgets and many of them are unrelated to teacher's salaries. In my school district all teachers and administrators agreed to a pay freezes and the teachers have agreed to double their contributions to benefits over the next three years even as the cost of those benefits increases over 14% or more a year so it is simply unfair to speak in broad generalities. Should teachers not receive health benefits because our country refuses to act to lower the cost of healthcare? Teachers and administrators know they are going to have to do more for less and they are stepping up to the plate and doing so in many districts. Mr. Rothenberg, to have a conversation based on facts is one thing, but to hurl insults at someone you do not even know benefits no one. Teachers live and work in the real world as do I. They dedicate themselves to educating the children that will grow to take care of you and I. I am not a teacher, but I appreciate the work they do. The problems facing our education system go much deeper than teacher salaries and until we all face up to the serious issues like the income disparity of students and the ludicrous practice of teaching to the test, we will never solve them.
Amy Keyes May 20, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Mr. Rothenberg, I'd also like to know where you're getting this statistic from: "However, 80 percent of the economy is driven by the mom and pop operations, not big business." Because that seems dead wrong.
Haup21 May 20, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Go to seethroughny and do a download (excel) of the 2010 salaries for your district. I know for my district the salaries ( JUST SALARY) are 50% of the budget. This does not include benefits (pensions) which could account for another+ 45%. So now you are at 95% of the budget which you have NO control over. When state aid get cut and there are no more reserve what is going to happen ? They take prorgrams away from the kids. I am not teacher bashing I am just stating it is wrong we continue to spend more and get less. It is unfair to our children. BTW, did you see the movie, waiting for superman? It is worth watching.
David D'Agostino May 20, 2011 at 09:01 PM
The folks behind "Waiting for Superman" are proponents of public school privatization and union-busting. The film demonizes teachers and does not look at income disparity. The films director attended a private school in Washington known as "the Harvard of Elementary schools" where he earned a "c" average and the president of the company funding the film is also a shareholder in a private school business. Things are not always as they seem. A recent study of charter schools shows they are performing no better, and in many cases much worse, than public schools, theit teachers are not certified, and they keep leaving for better paying jobs, many do not take children with disabilities and there is little to no accountability of expenditures - Smart Money did a great article entitled "10 Things Charter Schools Won't Tell You." For an alternative view, one which I feel is much more accurate and focused on educating our children visit notwaitingforsuperman . com
Don't Tread On Me May 20, 2011 at 10:13 PM
You ever hear of the US Chamber of Commerce or how about the US Small Business Administration? Small Businesses makes up about 98% of all employer firms and employ over half of all private sector employees.


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