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.