This is an Op-Ed by Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino.
I am pleased that Gov. Cuomo agrees that our property taxes are far too inflated, but his proposals are temporary fixes that will do nothing but delay the inevitable increases to our property taxes.
What we really need is effective
relief for our struggling localities and a long-term plan to reduce the
burden. Many residents here in Suffolk
County are being priced out
homes they have worked their life to live in and its time that we
exorbitant state income and property taxes.
The fact that this
has continuously used Long Island as a “piggy
fund NYC and the rest of the state is egregious enough, but to again
ignore the hardworking families on Long Island
vision outlined during the State of the State is deplorable.
There were some proposals I strongly support, including stricter penalties for repeat drunk drivers and the disabled veteran’s business incentives but overall this seemed to be nothing more than a campaign speech at a time when our state needs strong leadership and ideas.