Gunther, DeStefano also support tax commission report

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, D, I, WF-Forestburgh, and Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano both said Tuesday that they support the recommendations of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax-relief commission.

The recommendations include a property-tax free in jurisdictions that stick to the tax cap and work to share services and an increase in the estate tax exemption. Here’s a link to the story in today’s paper, which includes a copy of the report.

Most local Assembly members and senators were supportive of the recommendations; Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, was the exception, taking a more skeptical view of the report. Cahill is one of more liberal local Assembly members, and his less effusive reaction lines up somewhat with the reactions of some of his downstate Assembly Democratic colleagues and with groups such as New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness and the AFL-CIO, as Capital New York and the Times Union’s Capitol Confidential blog reported Tuesday.

DeStefano has been outspokenly in favor of the tax cap.

Full statements from Gunther and DeStefano below:


“I’m encouraged that the Tax Relief Commission’s first recommendations would provide property tax relief to homeowners. I have long supported a property tax circuit breaker– a more thoughtful approach that would provide meaningful relief, especially to families in the 100th Assembly District. I appreciate the Commission’s suggestions at reducing the tax burden on businesses, including simplifying the tax code and eliminating the 18-a utility assessment. Upstate businesses continue to struggle, and I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues to help Upstate businesses grow, thrive and create good paying jobs.”


Middletown Mayor, Joseph M. DeStefano applauded Governor Cuomo and the New York State Tax Relief Commission Final Report as excellent news for property taxpayers in New York State.

The Commissions Report was released today and offered significant relief for New York property tax payers.

“Governor Cuomo has long been committed to relieving New York taxpayers from the burden of high property taxes, “ DeStefano said. He is delivering on that promise with his endorsement of the report. He urged state legislators to accept the report and begin the relief program supported by the governor.

“I supported the Governor’s tax cap proposal realizing that it would make our job on the local level more challenging. Governor Cuomo set the example of responsible leadership on the state level, and along with his commitment to cap property taxes, the Governor at the time said he would put forth a program to relieve the property tax burden on homeowners. This proposal does just that,” DeStefano said.

The Report also makes New York more competitive by lowering corporate tax rates to the lowest level since 1968.

“New York must be competitive in the corporate tax area to incentivize business to locate here and to end the outflow of jobs to other states. As for the upstate economy the Governor made bold promises in this area also and once again is delivering, DeStefano stated.

As the Mayor of a small city in upstate New York, I applaud the work of the New York State Tax Relief Commission and the leadership of Governor Cuomo as he continues to deliver on his commitments to the taxpayers of New York State.

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